Waterford woman tops national accounting exam charts

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Waterford woman tops national accounting exam charts

Dungarvan's Michelle Spratt received top marks in accounting exams

A County Waterford accounting professional who returned to Ireland after working in India has enhanced her career prospects through obtaining one of the top exams marks in the country.

Dungarvan's Michelle Spratt completed the Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma with flying colours after voluntary cross-cultural communications work on the Indian sub-continent.

The accounting qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the profession.

Her work in India ranged from cleaning and painting to receptionist and payroll clerk.

After hearing about the course from a colleague, Michelle completed the first year of the two-year Diploma at Dungarvan College, and moved her studies online for the second year. 

“The diploma is practical and empowering, a brilliant option for mature learners like me,” said Michelle.

“Learning online suited my needs perfectly, more so than I could ever imagine. It allowed me organise lectures, studies and revision as I wanted, and saved me time by not having to travel to classes," she said. 

“It is very flexible - you can fit it in around your life. The academic year flies by - in no way is it a slog. I would recommend it to anyone - it’s within anyone’s grasp," she added. 

Enrolment for the next online academic year, starting in January, is now open.

Accounting Technicians Ireland provides a nationally and internationally recognised accounting qualification, and graduates are employed in industry, commerce, private practice and the public sector.

The highly-regarded professional qualification can be obtained in as little as two years. Study can be full-time, part-time and online.

Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma courses are open to school and college leavers, mature students, and people working in business, industry or small practice but who, as yet, have no formal training.

The qualification opens a world of employment opportunities to graduates across a broad range of accounting and finance roles, and enables students further progress to senior financial management posts.

Holders of the diploma are highly-regarded qualified professionals working at all levels of finance throughout the private and public sector, industry and commerce, and in accountancy practices.

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

Many graduates progress on to other professional bodies in order to further enhance their careers as fully-qualified accountants.