Improving public finance training in South America


On a recent trip to Colombia, a Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) representative signed an historic agreement to develop more Spanish-language public sector accountancy training.

Giles Orr, CIPFA’s Assistant Director for Education and Training, in conjunction with colleagues from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, signed an agreement with PwC to develop a Spanish-language version of the joint CIPFA/ICAEW Certificate in International Public Sector Financial Reporting (CertIPSFR).

The Certificate has proved incredibly popular, with the large increase in the number of countries that are adopting high level public sector accountancy standards. Over 300 students are expected to take this assessment over the next 12 months.

Mr Orr also spoke at an international conference in Bogota, Colombia, where he outlined some of the training available around International Public Sector Accountancy Standards (IPSAS).

The conference, hosted by PwC Colombia, included the Accountants-General of Colombia and Peru, who outlined their approaches to IPSAS implementation. Over 1,000 delegates attended the conference, from 7am to 7pm, highlighting the intense interest in IPSAS and IFRS in the region.


Contact: Tim Windle

CIPFA Press Office

t 0207 543 5787



CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.