Professional Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards
27th November - 1st December 2017, London, UK

Course Overview

International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) are independently developed, accrual-based accounting standards, widely considered to be best practice for the financial reporting of public sector organisations because they demonstrate the highest levels of quality, consistency and transparency. 

The benefits of IPSAS are reason enough to consider their implementation. More accurate financial reports not only allow for better-informed decision-making, but also a more efficient use of resources and stronger understanding of revenue, expenses, commitments and financial risk. In addition, organisations that do not comply with IPSAS will find it increasingly difficult to work with inter-governmental organisations and donors, including but not limited to the UN, OECD, NATO, Council of Europe and the Commonwealth Secretariat, as such organisations require the comparability, harmonisation, transparency and accountability in financial reporting that the International Public Sector Accounting Standards provide. 

Upon completion of this week-long course and subsequent successful completion of CMI written tasks, the candidate will be awarded a Level 5 CMI certificate in Management & Leadership, showing the CMI units achieved. The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. The professional qualifications offered by the Institute are internationally recognised and sought after.

Topics include:

  • IPSAS key concepts
  • Accrual versus cash based accounting
  • Challenges to implementation and how to overcome them
  • The benefits of IPSAS
  • Adoption of IPSAS at the UN
  • Progress report of agencies implementing IPSAS around the world


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Make better-informed decisions and use resources more effectively based on more accurate financial records
  • Develop an implementation plan for introducing the standards to their organisations
  • Recognise the challenges to implementing IPSAS and how to overcome them
  • Make better-informed decisions based on more accurate financial reports
  • Understand how to comply with international donors and stakeholders

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How You Will Benefit

  • The opportunity to gain a recognised professional qualification
  • Hear the latest insights, research and developments into International Public Sector Accounting Standards from leading experts
  • Network and share ideas with colleagues from around the world
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge in public sector accounting

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