Professional Accountancy Training


The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree, and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund. 

Professional Accountancy Training (PAT) and ACCA have collaborated to deliver the Diploma in Accounting and Business at level 6 equivalent of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) as part of the Springboard+ programme.

The ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business was delivered in two modes of learning namely:

  • On a part-time evening basis with live streaming of lectures to a national audience
  • On an e-learning/online basis

PAT is a gold standard approved learning partner of the ACCA with accredited recognition. ACCA Gold status is only awarded to those institutions able to meet a highly challenging set of performance standards and is a formal recognition of PAT’s expertise to develop and deliver this programme.


Professional Accountancy Training: Lisa’s Story

Lisa O'Brien PAT Student
Lisa O’Brien

As a mature student, returning to education can be quite a daunting path to endeavour. My return began with an application to Springboard to undertake the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business through PAT. I need not have worried, the level of support and encouragement from each of the lecturers in each of the course modules was second to none. Each instilling the ‘yes you can and yes you will’ attitude that drove me to succeed. Lecturers were always on hand to provide support and advice. Inspiring quotes were received throughout to inspire and instill confidence which gave me that extra little push. Gerry is a truly inspirational person, I have never before encountered such enthusiasm and passion, it is something to behold. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending PAT to anyone looking for an education provider.

The course has given me the confidence to pursue further studies through PAT.  The ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business is the first stepping stone for me in my career advancement. I would have said before commencing my studies that in my career I was driving down a one-way street, now I have options to turn left or right!

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