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Accounting

This course will provide an overview of the accounting equation and the basic principles underlying the double entry system of accounting. It will include but not be limited to the function and purpose of accounting and its key concepts, a look at the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements, and the basic and expanded accounting equation and its connection to the double-entry method of accounting.  

This course will take a close look at the difference between the general journal and the general ledger, the chart of accounts, and fundamental rules in respect of when to debit or credit an account. It will include but not be limited to the definition and purpose of general journals, account categories, and how to prepare journal entries.  

This course will provide an introduction to the General Ledger and the Trial Balance, and will include but not be limited to the process of posting source journals to the general ledger, how to calculate closing balances of general ledger accounts, as well as the purpose of a trial balance and how to prepare one.  

This course will provide an introduction to accounts payable and receivables and the calculation of the cash conversion cycle. It will include but not be limited to the difference between cash accounting and accrual accounting, how to create journal entries and ledger entries to record a credit sale, a look at doubtful debt as well as creditor and debtor schedules.      

Administration

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, including but not limited to the key functions within the software including formulas, functions and data manipulation, how to add content to spreadsheets as well as formatting styles.

This course will provide an introduction to the basic functions and features of Microsoft Word, including but not limited to formatting features to improve the look of a short document, how to insert content into a document and how to apply document-processing techniques to manage larger documents. 

This course will provide an introduction to data entry, keyboard skills and office ergonomics and will include but not be limited to the key items to check when proofreading a document, the benefits of type touching, ergonomic design and the problems caused by an uncomfortable work posture.

This course will provide an introduction to the processes and importance of effective business communication including but not limited to the different forms of communication, effective verbal communication skills and the 7 Cs of communication.

This course will take a look at the different types of software used to create business documents, and will include but not be limited to the steps for effective and efficient writing, examples of business documents and their software, and the importance of style and layout of documents.

This course will provide an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to organise meetings including but not limited to making arrangements, liaising with participants, and developing and distributing meeting related documentation.

This course will take a look at the importance of time management, ethical considerations and professionalism in the workplace. It will include but not be limited to decision making categories, time management strategies, how ethics relate to the workplace and characteristics of professionalism.

Introduction to Payroll

This course introduces the fundamentals of payroll with regards to small businesses, with a focus on employer responsibilities and obligations towards the various employee types. It will include but not be limited to the obligations a new employer has to Revenue, the four methods of calculating PAYE, and a look at the Universal Social Charge (USC) and who it applies to.

Sage Payroll

This course provides an introduction to the setup procedure for Sage Payroll, including but not limited to how to migrate payroll data into Sage Payroll, the required information for setting up a new payroll, how to create new Employee records and the process for adding new payments & deductions.

This course provides an introduction to the Pay Run process in Sage Payroll, including but not limited to the three stages of the Pay Run process and how to print and email an employee payslip.

This course will provide an overview of managing employees and pensions in Sage Payroll, and will include but not be limited to how to add new employees, edit existing employees and set up Pension scheme deductions in Sage Payroll.

This course will provide an introduction to the processes for completing Year End in Sage Payroll, including but not limited to the steps required to register with Revenue Online Services (ROS), how to check for extra pay runs, how to process Leavers and the 3 steps involved in running the Year End.

Complete a case-study based assessment using Sage Payroll.

Xero Payroll

This course will provide an introduction and basic overview of Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, the system requirements for Xero, and how to navigate the Xero Dashboard. 

This course will provide an introduction to setting up the Xero Payroll module, and will include but not be limited to how to assign users with payroll administration access, how to create pay calendars, and how to create holiday groups. 

This course will provide a close look at payroll items in Xero, including but not limited to pay item categories, earnings rates, deductions and reimbursement pay items as well as leave items. 

This course will take a look at new employees and leave requests in Xero, and will include but not be limited to setting up employees, entering opening balances, and assigning leave. 

This course will provide an introduction to pay templates in Xero, and will include but not be limited to how to produce new pay templates, how to apply changes to pay templates and how to apply changes to employee earnings. 

This course will take a close look at creating and posting pay runs in Xero, and will include but not be limited to processing pay runs, creating unscheduled pay runs, reverting posted pay runs and modifying draft payslips. 

This course will provide an overview of payslips and payroll reporting in Xero, and will include but not be limited to accessing historical payslips for employees and how to locate and produce payroll reports. 

Complete a practical case study based assessment using Xero. 

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Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as an Administrator. These jobs in Ireland earn approximately €30,144 per year but can be as high as €45,000 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 01 437 8559 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This course costs €499 or only €25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.
This course takes approximately 140 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 14 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee.

It is a certificate that will improve your job prospects no end. It’s an industry and employer recognised certificate that will increase your job prospects in payroll and accounts administration. It can help you to upskill in your current role, or find that exciting new job. You’ll gain skills in accounts, administration, VAT, Xero, payroll, Microsoft Excel and much more.
Some accountants perform payroll related tasks.
Some bookkeepers perform payroll related tasks.
Payroll certification costs €499
Most employers require either a Certificate in Accounts Administration & Payroll or a Diploma in Payroll. Either of these qualifications would give your payroll career a real boost.
Absolutely! There’s a real need out there for the right people with this particular skill set. So if you have the desire to work in payroll administration, advance your admin or payroll career, or want to become a Certified Payroll Practitioner, then you should explore a course that can help you get into the industry and advance your payroll career. Great for those considering a new job or promotion in accounts or payroll administration, payroll management or even office management.

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