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Audit and Governance Training Courses including Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Internal Control Systems, Internal Audit and Audit Committees are outlined below along with details of the CIPFA Accredited Certificate in Audit Skills.
The aim of the Certificate in Audit Skills (CAS) is to develop the skills and knowledge of public sector internal auditors in order to carry out effective audits and make a greater contribution to the governance of their organisations. The Certificate is an issues-based course focused on skills enhancement to meet the ever-changing needs of the auditor in delivering an added value and quality service. The programme examines in detail, and in a very practical manner, the key areas of the work of an internal auditor.
Managing Relations with Charities - Regulation, Funding and Oversight is a half-day course that is designed for public sector employees who have direct responsibilities in managing relationships between their Department or Public Sector Agencies and Charities entrusted with the delivery of specific services. It equally caters for both Board Member/Trustee and staff of Charities in receipt of public funds and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training. The course will examine current regulation and best practices in terms of reporting and oversight relationship between funders and charities and ways to foster mutual confidence in sound management and good governance.
This one-day Board Secretary workshop, to be delivered in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), is designed for those who have been newly or recently appointed to the position of Board Secretary in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training. The workshop will examine the role and responsibilities of the Secretary, both as prescribed, and in practice. It will also look at good practices which a Secretary can introduce and foster to support good governance within their organisation.
The Introduction to Internal Audit is a four-day programme, delivered over two modules. The course explores the role of the Internal Auditor, the audit process and the relationship of the internal auditor with management, the audit committee and external audit. The course is very participative with a high emphasis on the theoretical and practical aspects of auditing.
The words “Corporate Governance” have become very commonplace in the public sector. They refer to how organisations are managed and governed. In particular there is a Department of Finance Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies which has a major influence on the governance of the state agencies. Also the Code and the “Mullarkey Report” (Report of the Working Group on the Accountability of Secretaries General and Accounting Officers) have governance implications for government departments. Following on from governance codes, there has been an increased interest in risk management and internal controls as a critical element of good governance arrangements in public service organisations. This one day course is designed as an introduction to corporate governance for public servants who are unfamiliar with the area.
Effective management of risk and control is recognised as a critical element of good governance arrangements in all organisations. It has implications for strategic and business planning, audit and assurance arrangements and the management and control of activities. This participative course will explain and review the growing significance of governance, risk management and internal control in the conduct of organisational activity, the benefits of integrating risk management into the planning and implementation of business activities, and consider approaches to embedding these processes in organisations.
Effective management of risk is now recognised as a critical element of good governance and assurance arrangements in public service organisations and state agencies. Handling uncertainties and agreeing priorities has implications for strategic and business planning objectives, the relationship with stakeholders and also the resourcing, management and control of work programmes and activities. Utilising the ISO risk management standard and building on our practical experience with client organisations, this one-day focussed event will give attendees a comprehensive introduction to this important governance and management process.
Audit Committees are an integral part of the corporate governance framework of today’s public sector. This half-day workshop provides an overview of the role and benefit of public sector audit committees. The themes explored will draw on the Institute’s strong experience of providing training to the members of audit committees and internal auditors across the public sector.
The expectations and obligations on audit committees continue to evolve in response to governance developments and the need for Boards and governing bodies to demonstrate that they are adhering to relevant audit, assurance and risk management requirements. The Audit committee charter will set out the duties of the Audit Committee in areas such as internal control, internal audit, external audit, financial reporting, risk management, reporting relationships within the organisation and its interaction with other committees. This highly interactive half day event will be of benefit to new audit committee members and those who wish to benchmark how their audit committee is functioning.
As per Statutory Instrument (S.I.) 244 of 2014, there is a statutory requirement to ensure that each member of a local authority’s Audit Committee undertakes an induction training programme within three months of being appointed to the Audit Committee. Furthermore, it is required that these are reviewed on an annual basis.
The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is delighted to be in a position to offer this facilitated programme for Audit Committee members as per the Local Government (Audit Committee) Regulations, 2014.
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