Certificate in Fund Accounting (September 2020)

Dublin Business School (BCE07CFA_1P09)
Key Programme Details

QQI Level 7 Special Purpose Award

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


General Information

Springboard+ Admissions Department






Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2.

Important Dates
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About this Course

The Financial Services Sector is the fourth largest provider of wholesale financial services in the EU and with more than 400 international financial institutions, Ireland has become a world leading centre. Throughout 2020, efforts will continue to attain the Strategy's target of 10,000 net new jobs by end of 2020 in the International and Financial Service Sectors. As Ireland continues to be viewed as an attractive investment proposition, there is a significant need to ensure a supply of Financial Services based talent to meet the skills needs across all sectors. The Irish Funds Industry Association estimates current employment in fund administration and servicing at 12,500 with the skills demand for accounting with funds experience continuing to grow. Ireland has a thriving and growing IFS sector and it is imperative that the workforce has the necessary skills.

This is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery from end‐to‐end covering a range of skills applicable to the field of Fund Accounting. The programme aims to develop learners' knowledge of the theory and practice of Fund Accounting necessary for them to secure employment and perform in the various areas in a broad range of financial services type companies.

The Certificate in Fund Accounting aims to meet the identified skills demand for individuals with funds experience. It is an introductory programme into the field. Modules are 1. Fund Accounting (10 ECTS) 2. Markets and Instruments for Fund Accounting (10 ECTS) 3. Funds Industry Regulations and Governance (10 ECTS) The module Fund Accounting explores the role of various investment fund services providers, analyses the full life cycle of the fund, and focuses on the critical importance of establishing the fair value of the fund’s holdings. The markets and instruments of fund accounting module introduces learners to the operations and structure of financial markets.

Programme Content

● Fund Accounting
● Markets and Instruments for Fund Accounting
● Funds Industry Regulations and Governance


The Accounting Programme aims to equip learners with the ability to prepare and understand basic financial statements for business entities, as well as developing a fundamental knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts relating to financial accounting.

In addition, the Financial Services Environment module is designed to provide a general overview of the Financial Services Sector, changes in recent years and the importance of the industry to the Irish economy.

There will be a particular focus on fund accounting, international markets, banking and investments as these make up a significant portion of the overall industry. Finally, the Institutional Regulation, Governance and Ethics introduces learners to the laws and regulation of the financial services industry in Ireland. It examines both the general legal and regulatory framework as well as the rules relevant to individual areas of financial services. It also provides for an examination of corporate governance and ethics in the context of financial services.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must hold a Level 6 NFQ award or equivalent.

For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the programme, graduates would typically take up roles as:

Fund Administrators

Custody/Trustee Administrator

Hedge fund Administrators

Compliance Administrators

Fund Accounting Supervisor/Manager

Fund Operations Officers/ Administrator

DBS fully recognises the importance of job readiness to the Springboard+ participant and has put in place since 2013 an integrated and comprehensive Personal and Professional Development Service titled Jump Start Your Career. This intensive programme covers every aspect of the job hunting process and has greatly assisted Springboard+ participants with their job search activities and preparation for employment. All initiatives under the programme focus on facilitating the transition from higher education to employment.

A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for students. Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:

CV Preparation, Interview Skills & Techniques & Job searching tools

One-to-One sessions

Individual coaching & feedback, Review of experience and progress & Candidate/Employment matching process

Out of hours one-to-one consultations, with evening appointments, will also be offered to programme participants who are unable to attend during the day.

DBS will offer strong assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in one-to-one sessions in training on behavioural competencies style, career match aptitudes that will enhance significantly the career guidance, personal development, employer engagement and interview skills in order to maximise the work placement and employment opportunities.

Significant emphasis will be placed on building communication and interpersonal confidence and skills to demonstrate own value to employer. Each participant will have access to a careers coach/mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

DBS also provides extensive networking opportunities for Springboard students and liaises with external partners to enhance career progression for its learners.

DBS has extensive engagement with industry and in addition to companies who have pledged interests of placements. It has over 1,150 employers on its database and active engagement with 2,727 DBS Alumni all of whom are being contacted to offer work experience opportunities to Springboard Students.

Timetable Info

Typically, students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6.15 pm – 9.30 pm. Calendars will be available in due course.

Delivery Location

Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street
Dublin 2

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Springboard + Admission Office


Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2.


01 417 7500



RPL Information

Applicants who do not have a Level 6 qualification may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures. Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

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