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Essentials - introductory training courses

CIPFA has developed a comprehensive range of introductory training courses on variety of topics that are essential for new staff as well as more experienced staff needing a refresher course or to be brought up to date.

Accountancy and Finance

Introduction to Collection Fund Accounting

This introductory course covers A to Z of collection fund accounting for local authorities in England. It also provides legislative background and accounting principles of Collection Fund Accounting, NNDR Control Accounts, Council Tax Control Accounts and General Fund. 

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Introduction to the Role of the Chief Finance Officer (S151 Officer)

This introductory course examines CIPFA’s ‘five CFO principles’ and the skills required to be an effective CFO. 

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Introduction to Local Government Finance

This introductory course provides an overview of local government, its structures and how it is financed. This introductory course is a good introduction to anyone who has recently joined a local authority.

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Introduction to Local Authority Capital Accounting

This introductory course examines the Prudential Indicators, as well as considering possible approaches and best practices that could be introduced at your local authority.

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Introduction to Council Tax

This introductory course covers the basics of council tax – and provides a solid foundation for council tax liability, discounts, exemptions and recovery.

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Introduction to Local Authority Accounts and Closedown

This introductory course will explain the Local Authority Code of Practice, accounting concepts, financial statements and the accounts closedown process.

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Introduction to Accounting for Groups and Collaborative Arrangements

This introductory course considers one of the more complex aspects of financial reporting – preparation of group accounts.

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Introduction to Budgeting

This introductory course examines the needs of operational management and considers how budgeting, planning and forecasting can gain greater buy-in and transparency.

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Introduction to VAT

This introductory course covers all the fundamental areas of VAT, highlighting differences between VAT accounting for a local authority and that for local authority trading companies.

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Introduction to Local Authority Financial Statements

This interactive introductory course will introduce you to key local authority financial statements. It will also help you to identify and interpret meaningful accounting information and key value drivers critical to decision making.

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Introduction to Business Rates

This introductory course will cover the basics of business rates – what they are and why they are important. It provides a solid foundation for a number of the most common, important issues such as liability, reliefs, exemptions, collection and enforcement.

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Introduction to Housing Benefit Over-payments

Dealing with over-payments, their identification, calculation and recovery, is one of the most complex and important areas of housing benefit decision making.

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Introduction to Public Sector Treasury Management: Theory and Best Practice

This introductory course is designed to help you understand the core themes of treasury and capital finance.

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Commercial skills

Introduction to Procurement

This introductory course will introduce delegates to public procurement law, its principles and explain when the regulations apply.

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Introduction to Leading and Managing Individuals and Teams

Leading and managing individuals and your team might seem clear and straightforward, but it’s not an intuitive concept for many managers.

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Introduction to Practical Steps in Setting up a Trading Company

This introductory course will help public bodies understand the nuts and bolts of setting up a trading company. Taking you through the key stages and developing a DIY checklist to assist in future set ups.

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Introduction to Taxation Implications of Alternative Service Delivery Models

This introductory course will provide delegates with a solid understanding of the taxation implications of alternative service delivery models. Attend this introductory course and find out all key issues to make informed choices and decisions, as well as reduce tax liabilities.

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Introduction to the Role of the Company Secretary

This introductory course offers an introduction to the core duties and critical role played by the company secretary to ensure legal and governance compliance.

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Introduction to Practitioners Guide to Public Sector Insurance

This introductory course provides an insight into the principles and practices of public sector insurance, it is of particular benefit to practitioners without any prior formal insurance qualification.

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Governance and Audit

Introduction to Professional Ethics in Business

Professional ethics encompass the personal, organisational and corporate standards of behaviour expected. Find out the key professional ethics expected of public officials.

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Introduction to Corporate Governance

This introductory course provides delegates with an understanding of the key principles and issues in corporate governance and offers practical advice on compliance and best practice.

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Introduction to Fraud Investigations

This introductory course will combine expert insight into managing allegations of fraud within the workplace with a taste of the content covered in CIPFA’s Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) and Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech) qualifications.

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Introduction to the Knowledge and Skills of Local Authority Audit Committees

This introductory course provides an essential introduction to the role of the audit committee in local authorities.

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Introduction to Internal Audit

This introductory course will provide an overview of the professional standards for internal audit and practical examples of how to undertake an internal audit.

Asset Management

Introduction to Local Authority Asset Valuations

This introductory course will explain the basic professional accounting and valuation standards that govern the commissioning and production of local authority asset valuations, for balance sheet purposes.

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Introduction to Property Asset Management

This introductory course provides a practical introduction to property asset management and how it is an essential part of any public sector organisation’s business planning.

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Introduction to Whole Life Appraisal

A practical introduction to whole life appraisal and how it can be used in practice.

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Introduction to Option Appraisal

A introductory course utilising an enjoyable exercise which will provide a practical introduction to undertaking option appraisals.

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