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Keep your career in government moving forward by completing the second of two levels in the Public Sector Certificate Program. Level II is delivered in an interactive format featuring:
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• Being able to describe the role of the PSAB in setting Canadian public sector GAAP• Being able to explain the process PSAB uses to set standards• Knowing how to identify the five other sources of GAAP and the conditions where they may be applicable in a public setting• Knowing how to apply a four-question decision tree to determine the appropriate basis of GAAP for a particular entity• Being able to identify the objectives of public sector financial reporting, and how it differs from the private sector• Knowing the key elements necessary for creating public sector financial statements
• Being able to identify the five mandatory public sector financial statements• Knowing how to identify the differences between public sector financial statements and private sector financial statements• Being able to explain the structure and components of each of the five financial statements
• Being able to define the term “revenue”• Knowing how to identify typical sources of government revenue• Being able to recognize the main sources of guidance, including: - primary (PSAS) - secondary (IFRS, ASPE)• Being able to explain how standards apply to the recognition, presentation and measurement of revenue• Being able to identify two alternatives for recognizing revenue in a government controlled not-for-profit organization: - pure PSAS - PSAS adapted for PS 4200• Being able to account for three types of restricted assets and revenues: - external restrictions - internal restrictions - designated assets
Tangible Capital Assets
• Being able to account for tangible capital assets• Being able to provide useful information to stakeholders by accounting for tangible assets• Being able to identify and explain which items are not recorded assets• Knowing when leases should be recorded as tangible capital assets• Knowing when write-downs should be recorded
• Being able to explain current standards for government transfers• Being able to identify the three types of government transfers• Knowing how to review the recognition criteria for government transfers• Being able to recall the practical issues of applying government transfers
Liability for Contaminated Sites
• Being able to identify the key features of the liabilities for contaminated sites standard• Being able to explain the criteria for recognition and measurement• Knowing how to recognize the completeness of liabilities for contaminated sites
• Being able to identify current standard development activities of PSAB• Being able to identify new or revised standards• Being able to explain standards in development and describe their potential implications
• Being able to identify the indicators of control• Knowing how to recognize the appropriate accounting treatments to use for different government units• Being able to explain and recall key consolidation principles• Knowing how to account for investments
• Being able to recognize the key features of the new financial instruments standard• Being able to explain the criteria for recognition and measurement• Being able to recall the transition rules for organizations adopting the financial instruments standard and what they need to consider• Knowing how to identify the requirements for presentation and disclosure of risk in financial statements
Employee Future Benefits
• Being able to identify the various types of retirement benefit plans• Knowing post-employment, compensated absences and termination benefits• Being able to recognize the challenges and complexities of recognition and measurement• Knowing how to explain the differences between vested, accumulated and event-driven benefits
The Public Sector Context
• Being able to identify the public sector context from both a general and a financial management perspective• Being able to recognize the unique qualities and importance of financial management in the public sector• Being able to explain the delivery of public services and goods• Being able to describe the key competencies necessary for effective financial management in the public sector
Governance and Accountability
• Being able to identify the key areas critical to successful governance and accountability in the public sector• Knowing how to explain the attributes of governance and oversight• Being able to describe accountability and risk management in the public sector
Effective Resource Management
• Being able to explain resource management and how the financial professional can add value as a skillful resource manager• Knowing the nature and characteristics of effective resource management• Knowing how to use logic models• Being able to identify stakeholders, external monitoring, strategic reviews and reallocation
Planning, Budgeting and Costing
• Being able to explain the nature of planning and budgeting in the public sector, along with the most relevant topics• Knowing how to plan and budget in public sector finance• Being able to identify effective planning and budgeting techniques• Being able to explain costing and accounting and how they relate to budgeting• Knowing how to ensure the sustainability of programming through the budget process
Performance Management and Measurement
• Being able to recognize leading ways that performance can be managed and measured for optimal results• Knowing how to identify performance management and measurement in the public sector• Being able to explain performance improvement opportunities in the public sector• Being able to link performance management to financial management and describe the role of public sector financial professionals
Member Development and Support
It’s said that a crisis brings out the best in people and, in most cases, that’s true. But there is a dark side to tough times, as fraudsters prey on people who are uncertain and looking for easy answers.
March 18, 2020
The federal government’s actions and fiscal support to address the widespread and devastating economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic are welcomed by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).
Listen to this special edition Practitioner’s Pulse webinar where we answer some frequently asked questions around practice management issues and some key financial reporting and auditing implications of COVID-19.