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:
1-2 March 2021
Duration:
14 Days over 9 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:
27 January | 14 April | 10 June 2021
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:
1 February | 12 May 2021
Duration:
One 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:
20 January | 24 February | 31 March 2021
Duration:
One Day Online Course

Most of the decision we make today are anchored in evidence, or what we know as data.  We use data to uncover patterns and insights to help inform the direction of our organisations.  Data and what is known as Big Data, can help us identify cost reduction opportunities, opportunities for new products or services and all within a fast environment.  Equally, many organisations are facing challenges driven by a more data centric business environment.

This course provides an introduction to the world of data and data analytics (including the role and systems of Artificial Intelligence).  We review frameworks which underpin data and critically asses the risk, rewards, and management of data and digital strategies within an organisation.

Commences:
17 February | 19 April 2021
Duration:
One Day Online Course

The Data for Non-Finance Managers is a one-day course that provides introductory level instruction on statistics for finance and financial management decision making.  Understanding data and the science behind data analysis has become a very important element to financial decision making.  This short specialist-led online course is aimed for those who wish to start a data science journey to decision making.

Commences:
10 May 2021
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 February | 15-16 March | 26-27 April | 25-26 May | 15-16 June 2021
Duration:
Two Day Online Course

The Public Spending Code course is intended to introduce the Public Spending Code (PSC) for Capital Projects.  It aims to develop the skills and knowledge of the participants in investment appraisal tools and techniques necessary to build a public sector capital expenditure financial analysis of a project. 

Commences:
13 April 2021 | 14 April 2021
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 three 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 one hour webinar:

  • Central Government Appropriation Accounts
  • State Bodies Financial Statements
  • Local Authority Financial Statements
Commences:
13 April 2021
Duration:
One Hour Webinar

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:
26 February | 19 April 2021
Duration:
One Day Online Course

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