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Upskill for success

Learn Xero in 4 Weeks

Starts on the 29th September
Delivered over 4 weeks
One class per week
Live online interactive classes

50% discount €500 €250 for IBAT students

50% discount €500 €250 available to all past Bookkeeping and Payroll students.

IBAT continues to train staff who work in a variety of different roles with companies such as AIB, Primark, Vodafone, Central Bank of Ireland, AXA, Irish Stock Exchange and more

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Why Xero?

Xero has built a reputation for being the key choice of accounting software for start-ups and small businesses in Ireland due to its ease of use and versatility on all levels. "Accountant Online" and "Best in Ireland" have ranked Xero as the best accounting solutions in Ireland.

Xero has a very user-friendly and intuitive interface that assists with multiple tasks and easy exploration of all its core features; it also provides multiple dashboards that are easily accessible, it can display key information at a glance with widgets that show you snapshots of your bank balances, invoices owed, total cash in and out, outstanding bills, tasks, and more. One unique thing about Xero's dashboard is that these widgets are movable, so you can organize the display to your liking. 

The IBAT Bookkeeping and Payroll Diploma courses provided the theory behind book-keeping and payroll, and used Sage 50 and Sage Payroll for the practical elements; also to study and practice you needed to download the Sage software to your laptop or desktop, which only worked on a Windows computer; Xero is a cloud-based solution, so it can be accessed anywhere/anytime/any-device, and without the hassle or worry about storage and back-up.

This Xero course is of a much short duration and assumes the underlying theory of bookkeeping and payroll is already known, so the applied focus of this course will be exclusively on the Xero application.

With this course, you will also benefit from live sessions with our expert tutors teaching online in real-time, or face-to-face in the classroom, offering maximum flexibility with your time and how you learn.

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29th September


4 weeks, one evening per week (6.30pm-9.30pm)




50% discount €500 €250 available to all past Bookkeeping and Payroll students.

What will I Learn?

This Xero course will provide you with the ability to use the Xero application to create, record and track a variety of financial transactions and records for an organisation.

You will learn how to navigate Xero, create customisable dashboards, focusing in on key metrics for the various accounting cycles. Within this, you will learn how to carry out a variety of tasks relevant to the revenue, payment and payroll cycles. 

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The Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll using Xero will show you how to:

  • Recording business transactions appropriately (receipts, payments, etc)
  • Customising and generating invoices, bills, credit notes and purchase orders, etc
  • Calculating, processing and paying staff members
  • Managing customers and suppliers
  • Managing the sales cycle
  • Managing the purchasing cycle
  • Managing inventory and assets
  • Banking; bank payments and receipts, bank reconciliation
  • Running and analysing financial reports on business performance
  • Carrying out VAT and annual returns 

You will also be introduced to Xero impressive selection of tools that will help you manage your finances and run your business, these include:

Reporting: Xero takes the headache out of financial reports with a variety of reporting options, including a general ledger, aged receivables and payables, profit and loss, and a balance sheet. The reports are customizable, letting you track the data that's most important to you. The software also includes budgeting tools.

Expense claims: With the Established plan, you can record, manage, claim and reimburse expenses. The software allows you to add billable expenses to invoices and attach receipt images, making it easy to pass on expenses to your customers. The Xero Expenses app can snap pictures of expenses, assign receipts to a customer, or project and submit expense claims. [Related Read: Best Apps for Expense Tracking]

Bill payments: The system allows you to schedule payments and to set up batch payments and recurring bills, helping you avoid past-due bills. When entering a new bill, you can start from scratch or save time by replicating and editing a previous bill.

Contact management: Xero's profiles show you your contacts' details and activity history. For example, you can see a customer's sales history, including how much they've spent with you, if they have any open invoices, and their average remittance time. You can connect to Gmail to add email correspondence to the activity stream, and you can add contacts to groups, helping you create targeted email marketing campaigns.

Project tracking: Included in the Established plan, the Projects feature allows you to track tasks, billable time and expenses, budgets, and payments to ensure the work you've done for clients is profitable. You can invite users to projects only or allow them to access other accounting features like invoicing. The Xero Projects mobile app can track time and job progress and create simple invoices.


To be awarded the Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll with Xero, you will be required to successfully complete an in-class exam held on the last night of the programme.

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).

Ready to Apply?

This Xero course is ideal if you are interested in learning about Xero, or are looking to switching over to Xero.

Additional advantages include:

  • Xero has connections with various well-known banks such as Bank of Ireland, AIB, Ulster Bank, HSBC, RBS, NatWest, Barclays and many others.
  • Easy integration with Stripe, TransferWise and PayPal, among others.
  • The Xero-Me mobile app acts as a self-service portal for employees.
  • Facilitates over 160 currencies, automatic currency conversions needed for international trade.
  • Easy track and trace history & notes to see who made what changes and when they were made.

Meet Our Tutors


Meet Elizabeth Moles

Meet Laura Flynn

Meet Our Graduates

Meet Ramune Gailius, Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate

Meet Esther Hill, Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate

Upcoming start date on 20th July. Apply now!


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