Diploma in Bookkeeping & Payroll

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14 weeks, one evening per week
Start Date:
26th June (Online)
31st July (Online)
Reference Code:
Normal Price:
Online: €1020
On-Campus: €1308

This course is starting in June and July 2024

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Why Bookkeeping and Payroll

Bookkeepers and Payroll administrators fulfil demanding roles at the heart of any company – and prospective bookkeepers and payroll administrators should be able to handle the basics of their role, which is as much about personality as it is talent.

Bookkeepers and payroll staff are more than just number-crunchers; while numerical proficiency is obviously important - they face a wide variety of professional challenges and technical duties in addition to calculations – they need to be able to communicate with colleagues across the organisation, and externally.

Depending on their organisation size, bookkeepers/payroll administrators may have to deal with multiple tasks and duties at any given time, so an organised, logical approach to work will be essential. These staff work as part of a team, and therefore also need to be a flexible, creative-thinker in order to address unexpected problems and scenarios quickly and effectively.

Bookkeeping and payroll processes can sometimes be stressful in meeting staff requests and strict compliance requirements, therefore, the individual must be able to work under pressure, without compromising performance standards. Good timekeeping and an ability to meet strict deadlines is an essential part of these roles, as they will need to deliver projects/salaries, wages and payslips on time. In practice, this means being able to prioritise and delegate to ensure the task is completed to deadline. 

This course will:

  • Teach you the basics of bookkeeping
  • Teach you skills consistent with the current principles and practices in the field
  • Enhance your career prospects
  • Develop your confidence and accuracy within Bookkeeping roles
  • Give you the skills and knowledge to deal with multiple tasks at any given time

Course Overview

Bookkeepers work in close proximity with core business operations to ensure that the most economically viable and safe decisions are made to keep finances and budgets under control. This programme will provide you with the ability to use a computer accounting programme, in order to track and record the financial transactions and records for the company. Sage is the programme used though this choice is reassessed on a regular basis. 

Part of the bookkeeping process also includes calculating, recording, and balancing financial reports, as well as:

  • Manage Customer and Suppliers
  • Entering invoices, credit notes and receipts and payments on Customer & Supplier Accounts
  • Entering Bank Payments and Bank Receipts
  • Allocating credit notes and receipts
  • Bank Reconciliations
  • Producing reports, Trial Balance, Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet
  • Backing up data and GDPR

Succeeding as a payroll administrator involves more than just delivering pay and deducting taxes – you may have to deal with multiple tasks and duties at any given time. An organised, logical approach to your work is essential, and this programme will prepare you to undertake standard, day-to-day, duties of a payroll administrator including:

  • Payroll Modernisation and Real Time Reporting
  • Tracking and recording employee work hours and annual leave
  • Calculating pay, taxes and social insurance
  • Incorporating variables, like overtime, sick-pay, holidays and expenses
  • Processing and paying salaries and wages - by cash, cheque or EFT
  • Issuing payslips to employees
  • Addressing problems and answering queries
  • Legislative (revenue) requirements

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

To be awarded the Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll you will be required to successfully complete an in-class exam for each of the two modules.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Lecturer Profile

Laura Flynn
Laura Flynn/ Lecturer Diploma in Book keeping and Payroll /
Laura is an experienced Accounts and Payroll Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in budgeting, Microsoft Excel, customer service, coaching, and strategic planning, Laura has been lecturing on the Diploma and Advanced Diploma course in Bookkeeping and Payroll for many years, and has been with IBAT College since 2010.

Career Opportunities

Possible careers within this field include:

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable
  • Bookkeeper
  • Bookkeeper (with Accounting Technician/Accounts Administrator/Office Manager)
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Junior Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll and Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Payroll Administrator/Coordinator
  • Secretary/Bookkeeper

According to Y-Axis, the country's financial services sector employs approximately 35,000 people and generates billions in revenue. There are 60 credit institutions in Ireland.

With increased demands for financial transparency, the demand for qualified accountants is increasing in Ireland. Chartered accountants can choose from a wide range of rewarding jobs.


Very good so far. Elizabeth is an excellent teacher.
Bernie Flynn Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate
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 Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate
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 Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate
Karen is a very nice and smart women. She has a lot of knowledge not only about how to conduct bookkeeping or make payroll, but she also knows how to fix a technical defect on Sage 50. She even helps outside of class. I am very happy that Karen was my Lecturer. It's sad that the class finished.
Kinga Susek Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate

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Student Testimonial, Esther Hill, Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll graduate

Entry Requirements

This diploma is suitable for you if you are interested in learning about, and using, computerised accounting and payroll systems. Numeracy and literacy skills are important to support your successful completion.

How to Apply

Click on ‘Find out More’ or ‘Book Now’ to reserve your place or enquire more about this course.

You can also book a one to one with one of our course specialists by calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055  or emailing us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have flexible payment plans, please ‘Find out More’ or call us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

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Digital Credentials
A Digital Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of an in-class exam for each of the two modules, in addition, you will also receive a Digital Badge.

What is a Digital Badge?
A micro-credential is a compact credential that verifies the achievement of a skill or knowledge gained. A Digital Badge is a visual representation of having earned a micro-credential which can be shared on various online platforms to showcase the earner’s achievement.

Why have a Digital Badge?
Your Digital Badge and Certificate can be shared on social media channels such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Digital Badges can also be added to email signatures, displayed on resumes or added to recognised achievement platforms such as Badgr, Credly and OpenBadges. These are a great way to communicate your knowledge and skills, and highlight your commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Meet Elizabeth Moles, Lecturer in Bookkeeping and Payroll

Elizabeth Moles, Lecturer on the Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll is a qualified accountant and her specialist areas are taxation and payroll.

Meet Laura Flynn, Lecturer in Bookkeeping and Payroll

She’s been working at IBAT for 14 years and has 38 years of experience in the industry.

On-Campus vs Online Study

You can attend lectures Online or On Campus, offering maximum flexibility with your time and how you learn.

Online Study

  • No geographic restrictions. Study wherever you are in the world
  • Lower fees and reduced costs on accommodation, transport etc
  • Flexible schedule and self-paced learning
  • Ideal for working professionals
  • Opportunity to interact with learners across the globe
  • Live sessions with mentors to address any student questions or queries
  • Access to all recorded sessions

Take the first step

Contact us and one of our course specialists will be able to speak to you one-on-one about your needs by phone, email or in person.