Springboard+ Certificate in Fund Accounting

Springboard+ Certificate in Fund Accounting

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
Cert in Fund Accounting
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Overview

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.

 

Entry Requirements

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


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

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.




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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

Course Content

 

Modules within this programme include:

  • 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.




 
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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

Structure

Typically, students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6:15pm to 9:30pm. Calendars for this programme will be available in due course. 







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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

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. 





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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

Eligibility

 

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

People in Employment

Please note that under the Springboard+ 2020/21 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.  They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.  Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice to your employer.


The fee for the Certificate in Fund Accounting is €2,400, of which you pay 10% = €240

NOTE: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your Springboard+ programme.



Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

To be eligible the applicant must have been;

  • A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 12 months prior to their application

  • A resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme

  • Applications must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status.  A form to complete this process is available here.

Courses are fully funded for these applicants.  They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria.

It should be noted that acceptance on to a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.




The Unemployed

 Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payments:

  • Jobseekers Benefit

  • Jobseekers Allowance

  • One Parent Family

  • Disability Allowance

  • Qualified Adults of Working Age

  • Carers Allowance

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension

  • Blind Pension

  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme.  Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard+ course commences, are eligible to apply for a place on that course.  However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long-term unemployed.

Courses are fully funded for these applicants.


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Previously self-employed and actively seeking employment

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard+ and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard+ course.

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website.  Please note that documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process.  Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.


People in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

Fees are 100% fully funded for this category of applicants. 

It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant in receipt of a PUP payment to discuss retaining a DEASP payment with their case officer in their local INTREO office when their offer is accepted and before they complete first registration for the course through www.springboardcourses.ie




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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

Next Steps


Application Procedure

Please apply online via the Springboard portal HERE.

Corporate Services

Did you know?  DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.  This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.







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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.
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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2020


Awarding Body:

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


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Duration: 1 Academic Year  
Study Mode: 
Part-time / 2 evenings per week
Course Commencement Date:
September 2020

Award Level: Level 7 Special Purpose
ECTS Credits:
30

10% Contribution (if applicable): €240



Contact

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm