Certificate in management practice – financial skills

This accredited programme aims to build a cost conscious culture among non-financial managers.

About the programme

The need to embed cost effectiveness and value in the delivery of public services has never been greater.

The aim of this practical, work-based programme is to help participants improve the financial performance of their team and their organisation.

What will I learn?

Using public sector specific case studies and participants’ own examples, delegates will learn about key financial documents such as balance sheets, income and expenditure, accounts and budgets.

Who is the course aimed at?

The certificate is aimed at managers and budget holders with financial responsibility but little, if any, formal training. It is not designed for qualified accountants, or those wishing to undertake a professional accountancy qualification. It may, however, provide a useful foundation for further professional study.

As the certificate specialises in public sector financial management, it is applicable to staff working at various levels in all public bodies in Northern Ireland including central government, NDPBs, local government, health and education.


Modules include:

  • Public Sector Financial Management Techniques
  • Budget Management and Control
  • Economic Appraisal and the Business Case
  • Fraud Awareness for Managers
  • Procurement for Budget Holders
  • Delivering Efficiencies through Effective Contract Management
  • Effective Cost Control in Public Bodies.


In addition to completing the modular learning programme, participants will acquire practical experience of applying the learning in their own organisational environment.

Participants are required to submit a portfolio that records evidence of learning during each module and aspects of work that substantiates their ability to undertake specific tasks. Course tutors will assist participants to assess the learning achieved in each module and how this can be transferred to the workplace.

Each participant will also be required to submit a work-based project (circa 3,500 words).

When and where?

This accredited programme is offered both in-house and at locations across the UK.

Please contact customer services for more information about running the programme at your location. Customer services can also help if no dates are currently scheduled, or if you wish to discuss future dates or have the course delivered in-house.  

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