Financial Management

The Certificate in International Public Financial Management consists of two modules: Management Accounting and Financial Accounting.

The Management Accounting module provides an introduction to the principles of costing and budgeting and their use in providing information to support management decision making. The skills and knowledge that students develop in this module are crucial in performing the finance professional roles of steward, enabler and innovator and underpin much of the activity associated with the business partner role.

The Financial Accounting Module provides an introduction to accounting theory, ethics, bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements, which are all fundamental to the stewardship role performed by finance professionals in modern organisations.

Certificate in International Public Financial Management

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Key Facts

The Certificate in International Public Financial Management Module Dates are as follows:

Management Accounting Module

1-2 October, 2-3 November, 3-4 December 2020

Revision: 28 January 2021

Exam Dates: 2 March 2021 and 1 June 2021

Financial Accounting Module

19-20 October, 19-20 November 2020 and

14-15 January 2021

Revision: 12 February 2021

Exam Dates: 3 March 2021 and 2 June 2021

Commences

1-2 October 2020 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

14 Days over 9 Months

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this Certificate is to be confirmed.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

The Certificate in International Public Financial Management consists of two modules: Management Accounting and Financial Accounting.

The Management Accounting module provides an introduction to the principles of costing and budgeting and their use in providing information to support management decision making. The skills and knowledge that students develop in this module are crucial in performing the finance professional roles of steward, enabler and innovator and underpin much of the activity associated with the business partner role.

The Financial Accounting Module provides an introduction to accounting theory, ethics, bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements, which are all fundamental to the stewardship role performed by finance professionals in modern organisations.

Course Content

The Certificate in International Public Financial Management Module Content is as follows:

Management Accounting Module

The Management Accounting module provides an introduction to the principles of costing and budgeting and their use in providing information to support management decision making. The skills and knowledge that students develop in this module are crucial in performing the finance professional roles of steward, enabler and innovator and underpin much of the activity associated with the business partner role.

The module starts by putting the role of management accounting into context within the accounting and finance function and explains the value of useful management information. The module covers the nature of costs and cost behaviour, before focusing on the application of costing techniques such as marginal costing, absorption costing, activity based costing (ABC) and process costing. Students learn the key aspects of standard costing and variance analysis, and the use of costing information to evaluate performance using techniques such as customer profitability analysis and key factor analysis.

The other substantive area in the Management Accounting syllabus is budgeting. The importance of the budget setting process and the types and uses of budgets are explored before dealing are explored before dealing with the practical skills involved in preparing budgets and estimating costs for inclusion in a budget using techniques such as regression analysis and learning curves.

As it provides fundamental knowledge of management accounting, it is advisable to study the module before the Financial Accounting module.

Syllabus Topics include:

  1. Role of management accounting (5%)
  2. Costs, cost behaviour and cost accounting (30%)
  3. Budgeting (30%)
  4. Control and decision making (35%)
Financial Accounting Module

The Financial Accounting Module provides an introduction to accounting theory, ethics, bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements, which are all fundamental to the stewardship role performed by finance professionals in modern organisations.

The essential elements of ethics, values and attitudes as they apply to the accounting profession are introduced, focusing on knowledge of the content of the CIPFA Statement of Professional Practice (SoPP). Application of this knowledge in different contexts is covered in a number of other modules of the qualification. The Financial Accounting module sets out the purpose of financial accounting, the needs of the users of accounting information, and the general regulatory framework. The student is then taken through the main processes involved in financial accounting, from using ledgers to record transactions, through the use of control procedures, to the end result of preparing complete financial statements in standard formats.

The module focuses on sole traders, limited companies and clubs and societies to develop knowledge and skills across these topics. There is brief coverage of a limited number of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) - see table of examinable standards for coverage across relevant modules of the qualification. More detailed coverage of IFRSs is included in Company Financial Reporting (CFR) for limited companies and in Public Service Financial Reporting (PSFR) for public service organisations.

Financial Accounting includes fundamental content on ethical principles, and it is therefore appropriate that it is studied at an early stage. As it provides fundamental knowledge of financial accounting, it should ideally be studied before CFR and PSFR.

Syllabus Topics include:

  1. Purpose and context of financial accounting (5%)
  2. Professional ethics, values and attitudes (10%)
  3. Accounting concepts and double entry principles (20%)
  4. Recording transactions and exercising control (35%)
  5. Financial statements preparation (30%)
Course Leader

This course will be delivered by members of our experienced Finance Team: Majella Malone, Deirdre Bane and Aidan Horan.

 

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