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.

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Commences:
2023 Dates To Be Confirmed
Duration:
14 Days over 4 Months

A robust system of recording transactions is the means by which we can ensure that all financial data is captured and that the final accounts can be relied upon and fully reflect all that has happened in any organisation. Double entry bookkeeping is a widely used system of recording transactions and provides the basis for many IT based accounting systems.  The Accounting Fundamentals course will examine in detail the whole bookkeeping process from the beginning of a transaction through to the preparation of a trial balance and will consider journals and corrections. It will also consider how the bookkeeping process sits within an accrual accounting or cash reporting framework.  This is a Specialist-Led Online Course that is designed for those who need a working knowledge of the principles of the double entry bookkeeping system.

Commences:
15 September 2022 | 24 November 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

Accounting for Civil Service and Vote Funded Bodies is a one-day interactive course that will provide a greater understanding of and familiarity with the various elements of Central Government Accounting and its role within the financial management systems.

Commences:
5 October 2022 | 13 December 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

The responsibility for budget management and control is being cascaded down to individual Departments and Centres within Irish Local Government.  This creates a need for those with the responsibility for these areas and Elected Members to understand the financial processes, reports and documents that they are being asked to comment upon.

This half day Budget Management and Control for Local Government course is designed to provide the support needed by detailing the system of preparing budgets, the process by which actual expenditure is calculated and the control system used whereby actual and budgetary figures are compared to produce ‘variances’.  The process of analysing variances, for the purpose of explaining under or over spending is a key aspect of this course, in the same way that is the main means of effecting budgetary control in Local Government.

Commences:
4 October 2022
Duration:
Half Day Online Course

In many organisations the accountability and responsibility for budget management and control has been cascaded down to individual departments, budget centres and to individual budget-holders. This creates a need for those with the responsibility for these areas to understand the financial arrangements, the process of budgetary preparation, costing systems and budgetary control reports and documents available to assist in managing the budgets.  This intensive online course is designed to provide key insights and understandings for accountable budget-holders and those who support them in fulfilling this key role.

Commences:
29 September 2022 | 12 December 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

Finance for Non-Finance Managers within the Public Sector is a two day online course that is intended to provide an overview of the main aspects of finance confronting an increasing number of individuals in public service organisations.  Devolved financial management responsibilities have led to a redefinition of many roles and the establishment of many budget holders.  This has led to an increased need for people with an understanding of financial reporting, management accounting and control and audit.  This is a Specialist-led online course which is aimed at providing an overview of these areas of finance.

Commences:
8-9 September 2022 | 21-22 November 2022
Duration:
Two Day Online Course

A good Financial Management Maturity Model will link practice and awareness of financial management to strategic outcomes of an organisation.  In 2018, the Comptroller and Auditor General published a good practice guide (Special Report 101) to assist public sector bodies.  

This half day course presents key financial management principles underpinning good practice and reviews this guide for application in the real world.  The course will be of particular interest to Executives and Boards within Public Sectors entities. 

Commences:
7 September 2022 | 7 November 2022 | 5 December 2022
Duration:
Half Day Online Course

This course is intended to introduce the Public Spending Code (PSC) for Capital Projects. The programme will address the commitments to complete the framework for capital projects by identifying the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders and taking the participants through the requirements of delivery of each stage of the framework.

Commences:
14 September 2022 | 14 November 2022 | 7 December 2022
Duration:
Half Day Online Course

A critical component of the Public Spending Code is the financial analysis which supports your projects / programmes.  The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has provided two excel files to guide the financial analysis for proposals / projects / programmes under €1 million and over €1 million. This training delivers a workshop to help participants navigate and populate the financial analysis templates.  In addition, the course aims to develop the skills and knowledge of the participants in investment appraisal tools and techniques to support a financial analysis.

This programme, Public Spending Code: Carrying out a Financial Analysis (November 2021 Update), builds on our general Public Spending Code course and attendance is recommended at that course prior to taking this programme.

Commences:
24 October 2022 | 14 December 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

Under the Public Spending Code (2019), project evaluation is critical in providing evidence of efficiency, effectiveness and impact of a project as per the Value for Money Review (VFMRs) and Focused Policy Assessment guidelines (FPAs). This one-day course, Public Spending Code: Data For Evaluation, introduces users to the analytical elements involved in undertaking a VFMR or a FPA, supporting project evaluation from conception to completion (ex-post evaluation). 

Participants will be introduced to data evaluation techniques from primary to secondary sources. The session will also include an overview of statistical methods such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression analysis recommended by the VFMR.

Commences:
12 October 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

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