Professional Diploma in
Computerised Accounts and Payroll

Critical to every business, get job ready for an in-demand career in Accounts & Payroll.

Credit rated by GCU Accreditation

University Certified with Expert Guidance

Industry endorsed formal academic qualification in Accounts & Payroll, Online & Supported

Lifetime Job Search Support

Perfect your job search skills with lifetime access to our careers portal

Flexible Online Live Study

Real classes delivered live by experts - interactive & practical classes in the cloud

February 16, 2022

14 weeks

3 hours per week

Delivery mode
Live online class


Some of the companies our students work for

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Build a Future Ready Career in Accounts & Payroll

Industry endorsed, University Credit Rated Professional Diploma in Computerised Accounts and Payroll delivered online-live.

Globally recognised ECTS credit bearing programme aligned to Irish NFQ Level 6.

Obtain the knowledge, skills and competencies to become proficient in computerised accounts & payroll, a critical role in the modern workplace.


Classes are recorded providing you with the flexibility to learn and revise at your own pace and intensity.

Learn as you go with full access to industry leading accounts & payroll software during the programme.

Supercharge your job search skills with our automated CV analysis tool, AI-powered mock interview tool and robust Jobs Board.

What will I learn?

  • A comprehensive and practical knowledge of the application of the latest industry leading accounting software (Quickbooks) and payroll software (Brightpay).
  • A full understanding of the concepts of double entry bookkeeping by entering sales, purchases & bank transactions and producing financial reports.
  • Introduction to why and how VAT applies, learn how to extract VAT information from the system and prepare relevant VAT returns.
  • How to process monthly & weekly payroll, enter starters & leavers, PAYE, PRSI & USC calculations and produce ROS returns.
  • Develop an understanding of the main accounting principles.
  • Understand the important function that computerised accounts plays in supporting the business and how they can be utilised to provide key insights into business performance through effective reporting.

What jobs will this programme prepare me for?

The Diploma in Computerised Accounts and Payroll is a valuable qualification that provides an opportunity to work in accounting supporting roles and progress to further or higher education and training.

Career Opportunities Include

  • Payroll administrator
  • Accounts payable / receivable
  • Accounts assistant

An accurate and efficient payroll and bookkeeping function is essential for every business across all sectors. After successful completion of the programme, you will have gained the skills to become job ready within any employer’s financial team.

Career Opportunities Include

  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll and bookkeeping clerk
  • Set up your own business

Programme Curriculum

An introduction to the course content and format, including the learning outcomes you can expect and how you will be assessed. You will also learn essential accounting concepts.

  • Concepts and terminology
  • Background to accounting
  • Nominal ledger
  • Chart of accounts
  • GDPR
  • Ethics
  • Accounting software overview

Learn how to set up customers and suppliers on the Quickbooks Accounting System.

  • Customer details
  • Customer defaults
  • Credit control and Debtors ledger
  • Setting up suppliers
  • Setting supplier defaults
  • Credit control and creditors ledger

Understand that source documents are essential to the accounting process and learn how to enter them on the Quickbooks Accounting System.

  • Source documents
  • Generating batch sales invoicing and credit notes
  • Products, services & stock
  • Key elements of sales invoices and credit notes

Learn how to allocate customer receipts, supplier payments and produce aged reports

  • Allocating customer receipts
  • Allocating customer credit notes
  • Producing aged debtors reports
  • Producing monthly statements
  • Allocating supplier payments
  • Allocating supplier credit notes
  • Supplier remittance advices
  • Supplier reconciliation
  • Monthly reporting
  • Nominal reports

Understand that the Quickbooks Accounting Software can be integrated with an online banking platform reducing the risk of fraud and error. Know how to send payment instructions to online banking.

  • Direct bank payments
  • Payroll payments
  • VAT payments
  • Transfer between bank accounts
  • Direct bank receipts
  • VAT Refunds
  • Payroll refunds

Know that the bank reconciliation is a process that compares the bank account balance as supplied by the bank, with the company's own accounting records at a particular point in time.

  • Managing a bank reconciliation
  • Entering payments from a bank statement
  • Entering receipts from a bank statement
  • Reconciling banks with nominal ledger

An introduction to the payroll software, Brightpay. Understand the tax system in Ireland.

  • Tax credits
  • Laws and guidelines
  • Application of correct PAYE USC and PRSI deductions

Know the data fields for which information is required to set up an employee record. Recognise the different menu options to set gross pay.

  • Entering employee details
  • Basic pay and salary
  • Entering employee payments (fixed)
  • Entering employee deductions (fixed)
  • Overtime, bonuses, commissions
  • Taxable and non-taxable expenses
  • Pensions
  • Voluntary deductions
  • Producing gross to net reports
  • Producing payslips
  • Submitting payroll to ROS

Understand the concepts of VAT and who is required to register for VAT

  • Understand how and why VAT applies
  • VAT Rates and VAT schemes
  • Accounting for VAT
  • VAT Reporting
  • VAT reconciliation 

Recap the course content, discussing the key learning outcomes and best practice from each area covered.

  • Course summary
  • Assessments

Learn from the best

Clive Hand BAAF, ACCA

Clive Hand has a BA in Accounting & Finance and is a qualified accountant with the ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants), a globally recognised accounting organisation based in the UK. Clive is the owner of Bluestone Accounting, an online accounting business supporting small and medium enterprise through the adoption of cloud accounting platforms and online payroll.

Originally audit practised trained, Clive moved into Industry where he spent 15 years working across various sectors in various roles. Clive's focus within these positions has been to develop strong accounting processes and internal control to provide high quality reporting allowing greater effective decision making for management. As part of his role, he worked closely with his team to encourage personal and professional development. 

What Our Students Say

A very practical course which makes it very good for you to follow along and learn as you do. Set in a relaxed environment providing all the necessary support and materials needed. Well worth the dedication for the short time that the course takes place, you will be certified before you know it.

Marta Zalewska

My experience with Learnful Academy was very positive and challenging. The course was easy to understand and the support team was always helpful. It was an enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone. I'm already looking forward for advance version of it.

Aneta Lakomiec

Being out of education for 23 years, I didn't know where to start looking for the right course. I contacted the Learnful team, and found them extremely friendly and helpful on discussing my options. The tutor, Clive, was brilliant and made the course appealing and interesting to all levels of backgrounds. He answered all sort of queries and nothing was any problem even sorting technical problems that I had. The support team dealt with all queries in a prompt manner. Definitely recommend Learnful, new skills learnt and recognized qualification.

Linda Stewart

An excellent course and definitely value for money. I had knowledge / experience going into the course and I wanted certification for it, but I learned so much in this course that I would recommend it to everyone as a refresher and now with the revised tax brackets for Budget 2022 would be the perfect time to take this course. The blended learning approach meant that if life gets in the way you can still catch up on classes with the recorded sessions. The guys were so helpful and always available on email/phone to offer help when needed. You'll get the best out of this course by attending the live sessions but the recorded materials are a lifesaver if you are studying while working.

Catriona Moen

Why should I enrol with Learnful?

  • Gain the essential accounting & payroll skills to become job ready within any employer’s financial team.
  • Learn as you go with access to demo software in class in this interactive and practical programme.
  • Gain certification from Glasgow Caledonian University, a highly rated UK University.
  • Apply to become an Associate Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (AICB).
  • Flexible live online learning that fits into your busy schedule.
  • Supplementary learning material available via our online Learner Management System.
  • Access to our Careers Portal to get you job-ready.
  • Friendly student support services.

Our Partners

Glasgow Caledonian University

Your qualification is credit rated by Glasgow Caledonian University, meaning global recognition allowing you to work internationally or use as a building block for further study.

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Learnful’s accredited training provider status with ICB entitles our graduates to Associate Member status and use the designatory letters AICB after their name to highlight their status as a professional bookkeeper.


We were very careful in our choice of software partners to ensure our students gain the most industry relevant skillset:

Intuit Quickbooks

Quickbooks is intuitive & easy to use, has automated posting of transactions, has customizable & scheduled reporting and is online, secure & affordable.

Thesaurus Brightpay

Brightpay is a payroll software that makes managing payroll quick and easy. It is Revenue compliant and includes full PAYE modernisation functionality.

Our Diploma in Computerised Accounts and Payroll is Globally Recognised and comes with the assurance of being University Credit Rated and attracting the most trusted Industry & Professional Certifications and Memberships

All Programmes include

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Enjoy a personalised and supported virtual classroom learning experience

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Validated educational pedagogy with an industry-led syllabus

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Real-time industry respected content delivered live by experts

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Global leading online interactive learning platform

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Verified & Shareable Digital Cert featuring the knowledge and skills you gain

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Industry standard software ensuring your learning incorporates the newest features

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Finance options available

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Access to our careers portal to hone your job search skills

Questions & Answers?

Become proficient at industry standard accounting & payroll packages and you'll have marketable skills you can take all around the world. You'll also be able to give your small business an edge or get a job on almost any finance team.

If you're going to be working for a small or medium-sized organisation or doing business with them, it's highly likely you'll be working in Quickbooks so knowledge of this platform is definitely an accounting skill you want on your CV.

The average salary for a professional bookkeeper in Ireland is €29,775. (Source: Indeed Mar '21)

Graduates are entitled to apply for associate membership of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) & use the designatory letters AICB after their name. 

Learnful provides recordings of each of the classes so you can review them as needed before the next session. Students will continue to have access to all recordings for a minimum of 30 days after course completion so that you can continue to refer to sessions of interest, complete a reflective diary or access materials to help complete assignments.

See our finance page for payment options available.

For employer sponsorship, simply fill out our employer sponsored form available on request from the Learnful team by emailing [email protected]

No prior experience / knowledge required.

All courses require proficiency in English, requirement of IELTS 6 or its equivalent.