Financial Management

The Investment Appraisal Methods: Intermediate online course will build on existing knowledge of finance fundamentals and investment appraisal basic application session.  A simple review of the basic finance techniques (ARR, PB, DPB, NPV, IRR) will be followed by treatment of independent and mutually exclusive events, profitability index, and Modified IRR.  This is a very practical intermediate application session and applicable to the Public Spending Code.

Commences:
16 September | 16 November 2020
Duration:
Two Hour Online Course

This Investment Appraisal Methods: Cashflow Analysis course will build on existing knowledge of investment appraisal basic application session.  The participants will be introduced to the relevant cashflows and the treatment (based on accrual accounting) of adjustments for non-cash items such as depreciation, working capital.  An overview of the timing of different cashflows will also be presented (e.g. tax payments).  Finally, this course will be completed with a case study, taking a simple example and applying the new knowledge of cashflow construction. Some prior knowledge of accounting concepts (accrual accounting, depreciation, inflation, etc.) is required here.

Commences:
22 September | 10 November 2020
Duration:
Two Hour Online Course

Value of Time - The Theory of Interest is a two hour online training event that introduces non specialists to the basic principles required in order to perform project appraisal techniques.  The course will introduce the fundamental and core principle of the Time Value of Money.  In addition, students will explore discounting and compounding techniques.  Finally, a practical application exercise will wrap up the session.

Commences:
4 September | 9 October 2020
Duration:
Two Hour Online Course

This course will build on existing knowledge of investment appraisal basic application and building cashflows (1).  This session is a practical application session where a case study will be examined through the capital investment decision making process.  Consideration will be given to projects of unequal lives, working through a case study to expand the learnings.

Commences:
Dates to be confirmed.
Duration:
One and a Half Hour Online Course

The Financial Performance Analysis: Reporting Techniques course will build on existing knowledge of performance or ratio analysis.  A simple review of the basic performance (liquidity, solvency, efficiency, profitability) ratios will be applied to a simple case study.  The participants will be taken through financial analysis techniques fundamental to report writing.

Commences:
29 September | 24 November 2020
Duration:
Two and a Half Hour Online Course

This course will build on existing knowledge of performance or ratio analysis and reporting techniques.  A simple review of the basic performance (liquidity, solvency, efficiency, profitability) ratios will be followed by an introduction to the DuPont Method of Analysis.  The participants will be taken through the technical application of DuPont to case studies.

Commences:
4 September 2020
Duration:
One and a Half Hour Online Course

Published accounts are the backbone of the accountability and reporting system used in the public, semi-state and private sectors. The information contained in these reports is critical for those charged with the responsibility of monitoring agency performance. However, this information is only useful where it can be interpreted accurately and in the correct context.  Understanding the Financial Reports of Public Bodies is a one-day online course that is designed for those who need a basic knowledge of the principles of the financial reporting system, from the nature of the information that goes into published accounts, to understanding what it is the statements actually report. 

Commences:
22 September | 17 November 2020
Duration:
One Day

Understanding Local Government Finance is a specialist-led online one-day course that is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of how an Irish Local Authority sources their income to fund day to day expenditure and capital expenditure. The course will also provide participants with an appreciation of how the budget process works in a Local Authority and an understanding of the Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet of a Local Authority. Finally, the course will examine the role of internal and external audit in a local government context.

Commences:
30 September | 1 December 2020
Duration:
One Day Online Course

The purpose of the annual financial statements is to provide useful information about the financial performance, position and cashflows of an organisation based on generally accepted accounting practice, norms and specific sectoral requirements. These statements are key elements of the holding to account process for the performance of organisations. Understandability, credibility and relevance are among the key principles which underpin the reports.  This series of four separate webinars will focus on key sectors of the public service and examine the format, content and the levels of data and information provision within the sets of accounts. The following key sectors will be examined and assessed in a separate webinar:

  • Central Government Appropriation Accounts
  • State Bodies Financial Statements
  • Local Authority Financial Statements
  • Charities, Statement of Recommended Practice (SoRP)
Commences:
Dates to be confirmed.
Duration:
One Hour Webinar

The IPA in partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and also in association with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) present this CPD Seminar for Professional Accountants.  Each CPD event will address a topic of specific relevance to professional accountants and finance professionals in the Irish Public Service.

Commences:
2020 Dates to be confirmed.
Duration:
One Day

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