Public sector certificate program

Advance your career in government with our new in-depth training program for today’s public sector financial professional.

The public sector is a complex work environment where accounting and financial professionals make significant contributions to the success of their clients or organization.
Our brand new program offers a two-stage curriculum that combines academic rigour with flexible online study and facilitated group sessions. Explore practical real-life applications that bridge theory and practice to produce highly skilled and confident public sector financial professionals.

Topics include:

  • public sector accounting
  • governance and decision-making
  • financial management
  • operating and capital budgets
  • public sector auditing
  • leadership development
  • ethics and accountability
  • other key emerging issues

Level I addresses public sector foundations with 40 hours of interactive online learning and case studies, while Level II focuses on advanced topics in the public sector with 30 hours of interactive online learning and an in-person, two-day final capstone session. Access to Public Sector Connect, an exclusive discussion forum, is included throughout the program.

Increase your knowledge of public sector finance, deepen your expertise in financial management and keep your career moving forward with a CPA Canada specialty credential Certificate of Achievement.

Employers will benefit from accelerated development and increases in productivity for staff, while students in the Public Sector Certificate Program can enjoy the advantages of a valuable peer network, experienced facilitators and marketplace-ready learning.

Level I registration is now open and Level II will commence in winter 2016/spring 2017. More detailed information about Level I and II content is available below. To complete the Public Sector Certificate Program, participants must finish both levels.


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