Professional Certificate in Public Financial Management
1st - 4th March 2022, Virtual Learning


'The budget is a contract between the citizens and state, showing how resources are raised and allocated for the delivery of public services' - OECD

Course Overview

The effective management of finances is a fundamental function for any organisation but particularly so in the public sector. Governments, under the scrutiny of the citizens they represent, are increasingly under pressure to improve public services whilst at the same time identifying ways to cut spending and increase efficiency.

This programme recognises these difficulties and ensures that participants leave the programme with a full understanding of effective financial management in the public sector - including budgeting systems, auditing, preparing financial statements and tracking expenditure. This programme has also been designed with the view that there is no 'off the shelf' budget methodology; different organisations require different approaches and this programme will analyse a number of methodologies, comparing their strengths and weaknesses so participants can make an informed decision as to which is most suitable for their organisation.

Participants will also receive the opportunity upon completion of the full course to obtain a Level 5 CMI certificate in Management & Leadership showing the CMI units achieved. The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. The professional qualifications offered by the Institute are internationally recognised and sought after.

Institute of Leadership & Management

The Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) has approved this training course. ILM combines years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all and since 1947 they have carried out extensive research into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values of great leadership. Based on ILM’s core leadership values, this course meets the standard that enables learners who have completed to access the following benefits:

  • Membership of ILM and will receipt of an ICPS/ ILM joint Certificate of achievement for the course
  • Access to a raft of resources to help you with your continuing professional development, including an award-winning library of e-learning content
  • A community of over 30,000 members worldwide enabling you to collaborate and grow your knowledge and skills
  • Receipt of weekly news updates, podcasts and cutting-edge research and a monthly published journal and invitations to topical webinars
  • Authorisation to use approved letters AMInstLM (Associate Member of The Institute of Leadership and Management) after your name for business correspondence

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  1. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different budget methodologies
  2. Assess how public services are financed
  3. Scrutinise the oversight of budgets
  4. Learn how to manage cash flow and debt
  5. Align budgets to outputs instead of inputs
  6. Recognise the benefits of accrual over cash based accounting
  7. Identify the role of Parliament in budget approval and oversight

How You Will Benefit

  1. The opportunity to gain an internationally recognised professional qualification
  2. Hear the latest insights, research and developments in budgeting and public financial management efforts from leading experts
  3. Network and share ideas with colleagues from around the world
  4. Enhance your skills and knowledge in the budget process