Donegal resident Anne Monagle has attained the highest marks in the country in the Diploma for Accounting Technicians programme this year.

Accounting Technicians Ireland’s qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a professional accounting career.

The 35-year-old from Malin achieved the top marks, despite sitting her final exams only months after having her first baby.

Anne was so dedicated to the part-time course at North West Regional College in Derry that she carried on attending the classes through her maternity leave, after the birth of her daughter.

"I did the two-year course part-time, on day release from my employers McCambridge Duffy and Co Ltd in Derry, where I work as assistant manager in the finance department," she said.

"I had worked in finance and accounts roles for almost 15 years but had no formal qualification in accounting so the ATI was an accessible course to get the qualifications I needed and with huge support from my employers.

"I found the course fantastic and the tutors were also very understanding and helpful during my pregnancy and afterwards going to classes after being up half the night with a new baby."

The Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification is a passport to a rewarding career in accountancy or business.

With flexible courses nationwide, you can obtain this professional qualification in as little as two years.

ATI’s qualifications, offered full or part-time in over 70 colleges throughout the island, are open to school and college leavers, mature students and the countless number of people who have been working in industry or small practice firms for years but have no formal training.

The accounting qualification provides access to employment opportunities for a broad range of accounting and finance roles and will enable students to further progress to senior financial management posts.

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work at all levels of finance throughout the private and public sector, industry and commerce and in accountancy practices.

Accounting Technicians can perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts staff to financial controller and beyond.

For instance, they can do financial accounting and budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration and tax returns.

More experienced Accounting Technicians may often perform senior managerial tasks and audits.

The two-year Diploma for Accounting Technicians programme is also the first step to a full qualification in accountancy.

“This is a pan-sectoral qualification which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector, and graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CPA, CIMA as well as Higher Education third level accounting programmes,” said Gillian Doherty, ATI’s Chief Operations Officer.

“A recent analysis of the labour market by the National Skills Bulletin confirmed a continuing high demand for accounting technician skills.

“Many businesses finance the programme for potential Accounting Technicians – recognising the benefits of having a qualified technician run the financial side of the business while the owner develops the entrepreneurial end.”

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