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Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll

Duration: 8 weeks

Location: Wellington Quay Only

Start Date: 6th October

Days: Saturday 10am-4pm

Ref Code: CFTAPR

Accredited By: IBAT

Fee: €900

More Info:

Flexible payment plans are available. Contact the Admissions team for more information.

Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll

Course Overview

This programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to be able to full the payroll task in a SME and/or support the payroll function in a larger organisation.

With legislative requirements affecting almost all aspects of the role, this programme will also provide you with the skills required to remain current in the field – by identifying the legislative (revenue) requirements affecting almost all aspects of your role, and also where to find the information on a recurring annual basis to ensure you are able to carry out your duties with ongoing confidence and accuracy.

Course Structure and Topics



  • develop a keen understanding of the main principles of bookkeeping and accounting
  •  understand a broad range of accounting terms
  •  be able to carry out a broad range of bookkeeping and accounting procedures
  •  be able to produce a computerised trial balance

PRSI Classes

This section of the course you will learn to:

  • acquire the important knowledge and skills required to use both manual and computerised payroll systems
  • appreciate the importance of accuracy and security in preparing and maintaining payroll records
  • acquire the knowledge and understanding of how the cumulative, emergency and temporary tax systems operate

Computerised Accounts

  • The use of computer systems in an accounts environment
  • File Management - Hardware and Software
  • Computerised Accounts v Manual Accounts
  • The security of computer systems including passwords, anti-virus protection software, Data Protection and GDPR.



Payroll is delivered in two parts:

  • Manual Payroll - topics include:
    • payroll terms & frequencies
    • tax credits
    • standard cut offs and cumulative
    • emergency and temporary tax systems
    • cumulative tax deduction/emergency/temporary tax deduction form
    • calculating gross pay & tax liability
    • PRSI & income levies and
    • statutory documents: P45, P60, P30 and P35.

  •  Computerised Payroll, using SAGE, the industry-leading payroll program:
    • entering company details
    • setting a payroll period
    • entering employee details including tax credits
    • standard cut offs
    • base codes for PRSI
    • salary details
    • processing payroll
    • editing employee data
    • printing payroll reports
    • printing payslips
    • printing relevant statutory documents e.g. P45, P60, P30 and P35
    • updating records
    • saving data and
    • password protection 


Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anybody with an interest in learning Computerised Accounting and Payroll Systems. We also offer Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll, if you are after a higher level of knowledge and looking to advance youself towards courses such as ACCA. 

Course Materials


To be awarded the Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll, you will be required to successfully complete an in-class exam following the completion of each of the two modules. Classes are designed to prepare you for these exams.

Student Testimonials

"The staff at IBAT College Dublin are friendly and very helpful, our lecturer is the best, she knows all there is to know about ATI and brings it across in her notes and lectures in class."

Bernie Flynn, IBAT - Diploma in Book Keeping and Payroll

"The course gave me a great introduction to the Irish taxation system and has broadened my knowledge of ERP systems. It also gave me a better knowledge of how payroll works in Ireland."

Juliana Figueiredo, IBAT - Diploma in Book Keeping and Payroll


Career opportunities

Roles you may be interested in after this course include

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable
  • Benefits and Payroll Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Bookkeeper(with Accounting Technician/Accounts Administrator/Office Manager)
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Junior Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll and Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Payroll Administrator/Coordinator/Manager/Specialist
  • Secretary/Bookkeeper
  • Managing your own small business

In August 2018, there were over 90 Bookkeeping opportunities and over 700 payroll vacancies advertised on Indeed.com in Ireland.

Lecturer Profile 

Elizabeth Moles

Elizabeth has over 29 years’ experience in Accounting & Finance, and currently runs her own Accounting & Tax Advice Practice, managing the accounting for many small and large-sized businesses. She has been lecturing the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Bookkeeping and Payroll for many years, and has been with IBAT College since 2010.

How to Apply

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Our course specialists can answer any you may have.

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Phone: 01 807 5055

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Further Study 

On successful completion of this course you may want to further your skills in the Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll course.


Shared Student Experiences on this Course

Overall Experience Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Juliana Figueiredo

    The course gave me a great introduction to the Irish taxation system and has broadened my knowledge of ERP systems. It also gave me a better knowledge of how payroll works in Ireland.

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  • IBAT Student - Qaisar Abbas

    This course was great both theoretically and practically, giving us skills in all accounting procedures.

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  • IBAT Student - Fernanda Germano

    Having a diploma of IBAT College was the best thing that could be done while I was studying abroad. IBAT is a great school, the teachers and staff were always willing and in a friendly way to help us students.

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Finance Lecturer Profiles

  • Michael Ellis - Finance Lecturer

    Michael Ellis is a lecturer in Corporate Finance, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Tax and is a Member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, QFA and also holds qualifications in Forensic Accounting. Michael has provided specialist Financial, Corporate and Tax advice to his clients across Ireland and the UK for the last 10 years. Michael has extensive experience engaging with Revenue in relation to Income Tax, PAYE, Corporation Tax and VAT Audits. While also working and advising clients on how to strategically acquire and grow business portfolios. While lecturing Michael combines this business experience with his strong academic achievements to deliver a valuable and enjoyable experience for students.

    Michael Ellis, Finance Lecturer
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IBAT College Dublin
16-19 Wellington Quay 
Dublin 2, Ireland. 


+353 1 8075055