Sage@School is a unique opportunity for transition students across Ireland to train and become certified in Sage Accounts Software.

    Introduction to Sage@School   graphic for Sage@schools

    The programme prepares students for the world of work with a practical way of learning business skills, fostering   entrepreneurship, increasing employability and enhancing the use of ICT in business education.

    All teachers participating within the Sage@School programme must be certified trainers, giving them the chance to up skill and enhance their knowledge as a teacher.

  • Sage@School and Donabate Community College

    Wesleigh O'Hagan and the transition year students at Donabate Community College talk about their experience of the Sage@School programme and how it's given them experience in working with Sage Instant Accounts

  • Benefits of Sage@School

    • Secondary schools teachers can become Sage certified trainers
    • Gives students experience in using computerised accounts software
    • Students can receive a Sage Certified User Award and enhance their CV
  • Teacher Training Course


    The aim of this course is to provide post primary school teachers with the skills, knowledge and competencies to become a certified trainer in Sage Accounts.  The course is split into a self-paced, online e-learning course, a teacher training workshop and an online exam.

    You will be provided with:

    • demonstration and preparation of course
    • guide to using Sage Training Manuals  
    • course data and course manuals
    • full working copy of Sage Instant Accounts
    • e-learning solution on Sage Accounts
    • one day workshop upon completion of the e-learning course
    • trainer certification on successful completion of exam


    For further information call the team on 1890 88 25 22.

  • Features

    • Flexible, easy-to-use solution. Simply work online when it suits you. Upon completion of the e-learning course you are then invited to attend a one day workshop.
    • The workshops are designed to enhance your knowledge of the Sage Accounts program, cover frequently asked questions and answer any specific questions you may have.
    • Teachers are also required to sit an on-line Sage Training exam
    • Upon completion each teacher will receive a certification as a Sage Accounts Student Trainer.


    • Qualification as a Sage Accounts Secondary Level Trainer
    • Use of the Sage Certified Trainer Logo on your schools website
    • Listing on the Sage website as a participating school
    • Develop your own skills and knowledge for the future


    Throughout the Sage at School program, students are given a number of tasks to complete.  If you feel that additional tasks would benefit your students, below are a list of tasks that you can choose from:

  • Student Training Course

    Sage is providing Post Primary School Students with an exciting opportunity to become Certified Users in Sage Instant Accounts.

    This will give you experience in using Ireland's leading accounts software and enhance your CV, as many employers currently require experience and certification in Sage software from applicants. 

    The course will be run by your own teachers who have become certified Sage Accounts Secondary Level Trainers.

    You will be provided with materials to help you complete the course:
    • Student Manual - Sage Accounts Book 1
    • Online Exam
    • Certification

    For further information click the relevant tab below or call the team on 1890 88 25 22.

  • Features

    • Course will be run by your own teachers who have become certified as Sage Accounts Secondary Level Trainers
    • An opportunity to learn Irelands leading accounts software


    • Enhanced CV when seeking work experience
    • Experience in using Ireland’s leading Accounts Software
    • Certified Sage User award for every student who passes the exam.
  • FAQs

    The most common questions we get on the program are listed below. 


    1. Where do I get Sage Accounts from
    2. How do I install the program
    3. Do I need a serial number and activation key for Sage Accounts
    4. I'm getting an error message when I try to install the program, what should I do?
    5. I’m being asked to log into the Company I’ve just set up in Sage Accounts, what is the log on?
    6. Sage Accounts was working fine, but now I get a “Username in use” message when I try to log in, how can I fix this?
    7. I’m getting a “Waiting to open” message in Sage Accounts, what does this mean?



    Where do I get Sage Accounts from?


    Teachers should already have a Sage Accounts CD, but if not they should contact Sage.  Students should ask their teacher for a Trial Copy of Sage Accounts.

    Note: The full Sage Accounts program cannot be downloaded from our website


    How do I install the program?


    1. Log in as Administrator on the PC that you are installing Sage Accounts on. You must have full admin rights in order to install Sage software.
    2. Check your Regional Options - The base currency is determined by the country specified in your Regional Options.
    3. Ensure that this is English (Ireland) if installing in the Republic or English (United Kingdom) if installing in Northern Ireland before you install your new software. 
    4. Put the Sage Accounts CD into your PC. The Sage Accounts window should appear automatically. If it doesn’t, open the Windows Start menu, choose Run, then in the Open box type d:\start.
    5. The Sage Accounts window appears.
    6. Click on the Install button to start the Installation Wizard.
    7. Click Yes to agree to the Software Licence Agreement
    8. Click on Standard Install to do a normal installation of the program (Note: If you already have a different version of Instant Accounts or Sage Accounts installed on the PC, you may want to do a Custom Install and install program to a different directory)
    9. To accept the settings and proceed with the installation, click Next.  The Microsoft .NET framework and program files are copied to the relevant destination folders then the Installation Complete window appears.
    10. You have now installed the program successfully. Click on the Finish button


    Do I need a Serial Number and Activation Key for Sage Accounts?

    For Students:  As you will be installing the program from the Sage Accounts Trial CD, you will not need a Serial Number or Activation Key. The trial period lasts for 180 days.

    For Teachers:  When setting up a company for the first time in Sage Accounts, you will be required to enter the following Serial Number and Activation Key on the Activate Program screen.

    • Sage Accounts Accounts Professional v2010 – 25 Company, 1 User
    • Serial number: V035640
    • Activation Key: QIUMQIU


    I’m getting an Error message when trying to install the program, what should I do?

    If you get an error message, take note of it and click OK. Some errors are just warnings and will not stop the program from installing. However, if after clicking OK to the error the installation does not complete successfully, please look at the information below.

    Here are a list of common installation errors and what they mean.

    • Error 1304 / 1305 - This error occurs when the CD is faulty or when there is a problem with the CD drive. Students can ask their lecturer for a new trial CD. Or try copying the entire contents of the CD to a folder on the desktop and install the program from there.
    • Error 1327 - You may get this error if you don’t have a local drive C: to install the program on. If you get this error, please consult your IT Specialist.
    • Error 1603 - This error commonly occurs on PCs that don’t have sufficient disk space. Please check that the PC meets the minimum system requirements.
    • Error 1628 - This error commonly occurs when you try to install Sage Accounts more than once at the same time. Reboot the PC and try installing the program again.
    • Error 1904 - This error occurs when the installation is unable to register 1 or more files. Make a note of the files specified and try to manually register them. If you need help doing this, please consult your IT Specialist.


    I’m being asked to log into the Company I’ve just set up in Sage Accounts, what is the log on?

    If you are asked to log on, the default logon for a new company in Sage Accounts is:

    • Logon: Manager
    • Password: (leave this blank)


    Sage Accounts was working fine, but now I get a “Username in use” message when I try to log in, how can I fix this?


    • Normally you get the Username in use message when the program was not closed down properly E.g. There was a power cut or program had to be force closed
    • When this happens Sage Accounts thinks that you are still logged in even though you are not.  In order to fix this you need to need to delete the queue.dta file
    • Search for this file on your PC.  When you find it, delete this file. If there is more than one instance of this file, then delete each one.


    I’m getting a “Waiting to open” message in Sage Accounts, what does this mean?

    There are a number of reasons why you might receive the message: 'Waiting to open file...'. These include:

    • The file is incorrectly flagged as read-only
    • The file does not exist
    • The Windows user does not have the necessary Windows permissions to open or amend the file
    • Corrupt file
    • The file is locked open on the server


    Check that the files are not read only

    • Browse to the ACCDATA folder.
    • Right-click the problem file > Properties.
    • Ensure that the Read-only check box is clear > OK.
    • If the Read-only check box is selected, there may be other DTA files flagged as read-only. You should right-click the ACCDATA folder > Properties and ensure the Read-only attribute is clear.
    • OK > select the Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files option > OK.


    Try renaming the file

    • Take a backup of data files, or take a copy of the ACCDATA folder and place it on the Desktop.
    • Browse to the relevant ACCDATA folder and try to rename the file, change the extension from DTA to OLD.
    • If the file can be renamed, you have the necessary Windows permissions and must rename the file again to change the extension back to DTA.
    • If you receive an Access Denied message, it is likely that the user account does not have the necessary Windows permissions. If this happens, please consult your IT Specialist.
    • Log all users out of Sage Accounts then restart the PC on which the data files are held

    Note: If the PC that holds the data is also the server PC on the network, you will need to reboot the Server. Please ask your IT person for help doing this.

    It is possible that the file has become locked. This can be corrected by restarting the PC that holds the data files. The customer should ensure that all users are logged out of Sage Accounts before restarting the PC.


  • Below is a map of schools currently participating in the Sage at Schools programme.

    If you have any issues viewing this map in your browser, please refer to the schools list located below it.

    View Sage@school in a larger map

  • School Name Location
    Wallace High School Antrim
    St Colms High School Antrim
    St Patricks Academy Antrim
    St Louises Comprehensive College Antrim
    Rainey  Endowed School Antrim
    St Louis Grammar Antrim
    Cross and Passion College Antrim
    Little flowers Girls School Antrim
    Dunmurray High School Belfast
    Malone College Belfast
    Fort Hill College Belfast
    Knockbeg College Carlow
    Colaiste Eoin Carlow
    St Marys Academy Carlow
    Borris Vocational School Carlow
    St Mogues College Cavan
    St Bricins Cavan
    Breifne College Cavan
    Virginia college Cavan
    Loreto College Cavan Cavan
    CBS Secondary (Ennistymon/Clare) Clare
    Gort Community School Clare
    St Caimins Community School (Shannon) Clare
    Colaiste Mhuire College Clare
    Kilkenny College Kilkenny
    Davitt College Mayo
    Mount Mercy College Cork
    Scoil Phobail Bheara Cork
    Sacred Heart Secondary School Cork
    Colaiste Daibheid Cork
    Ballincollig community school Cork
    Colaiste An Chroi Naofa Cork
    Carrigaline Community School Cork
    Ashton School Cork
    North Coast Integrated College Derry
    St Pius X College Derry
    Foyle & Londonderry College Derry
    St Patricks Maghera Derry
    Moville Community College Donegal
    Errigal College Donegal
    St Columbas Donegal Donegal
    Rosses Community School Donegal
    De la Salle Downpatrick Down
    St Marys Highschool Downpatrick Down
    Donabate Community College  Dublin
    Loreto College Foxrock Dublin
    The Donahies Community School Dublin
    Rathdown School Dublin
    Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan Dublin
    Loreto College Foxrock Dublin
    Sutton Park School (Dublin 13) Dublin
    St Kilians German School Dublin
    Coolmine Community School Dublin
    Castleknock College Dublin
    Castleknock Community College Dublin
    Ballinteer Community School Dublin
    Loreto St. Stephans Green Dublin 
    Muckross Park College Dublin
    Gonzaga College Dublin
    Stoneybatter Community Training Workshop Dublin
    St Raphaels College Galway
    St Josephs College Galway
    Colaiste Chroi Mhuire Galway
    Seamount College Galway
    Presentation College (Athenry/Galway) Galway
    Mercy Secondary School (Tralee) Kerry
    Gaelcholaiste Charrai Kerry
    Pobail Scoil Inbhear Sciene Kerry
    Colaiste Chiarain Community School Kildare
    Scoil Dara Kildare
    Scoil Mhuire Community School Kildare
    St Pauls Secondary School Kildare
    Cross & Passion Co Kildare Kildare
    Newbridge College Kildare
    Colaiste Pobail Osrai Kilkenny
    Colaiste Eamonn R¡s Kilkenny
    Colaiste Mhuire Kilkenny
    Heywood Community Laois
    St Marys CBS (Portlaoise) Laois
    Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise Laois
    Mountrath C.S. Laois
    National Learning Network Limerick
    Colaiste Iosaef Limerick
    Villiers School Limerick
    Crescent College Comprehensive Limerick
    St Mels College Longford
    St Marys College Dundalk Longford
    St Geralds College Mayo
    St Marys Secondary School (Ballina) Mayo
    Rice College Mayo
    Community School Mayo
    St Patricks Classical School (Navan) Meath
    St Olivers Post Primary School Meath
    Athboy Community School Meath
    Beaufort College Meath
    Eureka Secondary School (Kells) Meath
    Patrician High School Monaghan
    St McCartans College Monaghan
    Ballybay Community College Monaghan
    St Louis Secondary School Monaghan
    St Marys Secondary Edenderry Offaly
    Gallen Community School Offaly
    Colaiste Naomh Cormac Offaly
    St Attractas Community School Sligo
    Mercy College Sligo Sligo
    Cistercian College (Roscrea) Tipperary
    St. Josephs CBS Nenagh Tipperary
    Colaiste Dun Iascaigh Tipperary
    St Marys Secondary School Nenagh Tipperary
    Ardscoil Na Ndeise Waterford
    St Augustine College Dungarvan Waterford
    Newtown School Waterford Waterford
    De La Salle College Waterford Waterford
    St Aloysius College West Meath
    St Marys CBS West Meath
    Our Ladys Bower West Meath
    Loreto College Mullingar Westmeath
    St Josephs College Westmeath
    St Josephs Secondary School Westmeath
    Our Lady's of Lourdes Wexford
    Colaiste Bhride Enterprise Centre Wicklow
    Arklow CBS T/A Bernie O Halleran ATFC Wicklow
    St. Davids Sec
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