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Certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies e-learning


Event summary

The Certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies e-learning is aimed at school business managers and finance officers.

It offers the knowledge and understanding necessary to present statutory financial statements that comply with the specific requirements applying to academies as charitable companies.

All CIPFA members are entitled to a 10% discount, this will be applied at checkout.

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01 June 2023
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Ends: 00:00

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£395.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The Certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies e-learning will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required to play a key role in the financial management of academies.

You will develop an understanding of the principles of accounting and help the academy trust maintain adequate accounting records and prepare an annual report and accounts in line with the Charity Commission's Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and ESFA's Accounts Direction.

The course is designed for those who have or plan to have a key role in the management of school/ academy finances. You may be currently working in a local authority, the Department for Education, an academy, or a school that is intending to convert to an academy within 12 months. It is also ideal for those looking to move into finance roles in the school/ academy sector.

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Approximately 50 hours, over an eight-to-twelve-week period.

The time will vary according to the level of your prior knowledge and experience. You will need to allocate several hours of your personal time each week to gain maximum benefit from the course.

You will have access to all of the learning materials for six months.


The course is assessed via an open book online exam. There are 30 multiple choice questions to be completed within 90 minutes. You will have access to three mock exams and will be given three separate attempts at the live exam.

This course carries 50 CPD hours

All CIPFA training counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). If you are a CIPFA Chartered Member, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD activity each year as part of maintaining your professional competence and to develop skills and knowledge.

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