ICAEW and PwC launch public sector accounting certificate

ICAEW and PwC have teamed up to launch a new public sector accounting learning programme for accountants who want to enhance their skills, which is designed to strengthen understanding of current developments in public sector accounting and explain key accounting and operational implications of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) adoption

The ICAEW IPSAS Certificate, jointly developed in collaboration with PwC, provides accountants with an e-learning certified programme for all stages of the implementation process and beyond. It is made up of eight learning modules, which can be started at any time, and requires 30-40 hours of study on average, over 12 months.

The programme follows a hands-on-approach, from principles to practice, with technical guidance, practical examples, practice questions and revision aids. On successful completion of the assessment, the participant will receive a certificate which will indicate either a pass or a distinction depending on the score.

Ross Campbell, ICAEW public sector director said: ‘The aim of the programme is to help public sector accountants manage finances as effectively as possible. There are no entry requirements, and the programme is easily accessible to those who need it. Moreover, the flexible, interactive online learning can be fitted around existing commitments, and the online assessment offers immediate results.’

Patrice Schumesch, PwC global IPSAS partner, said: ‘An increasing number of governments and other public sector entities are implementing IPSAS as part of their wider public finance management reform. Training of staff is often a major challenge for them. Our programme helps them deliver consistent quality across the organisation and achieve their learning objectives.’

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