From its inception in 2017, PAT has been dedicated to bringing first-class tuition and support to accountancy students pursuing the global ACCA qualification.
PAT is at the forefront of online education and digitally enhanced learning in Ireland. Having achieved the ACCA ALP (Approved Learning Partner) status in record time, PAT has been awarded Platinum Learner recognition by the ACCA – the highest level of quality assurance in teaching, learning and assessment excellence. ACCA is the largest and fastest growing global professional accountancy body in the world with over 500,000 members and students in 173 countries.
This was followed by a collaboration with the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the ACCA to establish accountancy programmes, in recognition of the growing skills and workplace shortages.
More recently, PAT in partnership with ACCA has collaborated with leading experts in the field of online remote assessment proctoring to address the disruption in exam scheduling caused by COVID-19. PAT students are some of the first in the world to take remotely invigilated exams in the ACCA ecosystem – from the safety of their own home.
PAT has displayed an agility to innovate and adapt in response to new challenges and changes in the accountancy and finance sector. During the COVID-19 lockdown, PAT was able to run all scheduled classes and offer responsive student support by utilising the existing PAT Online infrastructure, which allowed for a seamless transition to the delivery of online classes exclusively without face to face contact – which has seen one of PAT’s students achieve a first in world placing from the December 2020 suite of ACCA examinations where approximately 120,000 students sat 150,000 examinations.
Most recently, PAT has announced the establishment of PAT Fintech, a financial technology / financial services training division. PAT Fintech is dedicated to the design and development of industry-led professionally certified skills training for the accountancy and financial services sector and is currently working in partnership with the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) to develop a suite of programmes for their 3,250-membership base in Ireland.