Finance Skills: Governance and Accountability

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to best practice governance principles that can be applied to any public service organisation. It is available as e-learning and can be delivered in-house.

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About the course

The Finance Skills: Governance and Accountability course explores the principles of good governance, the role of an efficient Board, the concepts of accountability and other public service principles, and how performance (including financial management) can be effectively scrutinised within an effective governance framework.

It can be taken on its own or as part of the Diploma in Finance Skills for Public Sector Managers. It may also lead you onto our Diploma in Corporate Governance course.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, you will:

  • understand the development of corporate governance principles and the concept of accountability in the public sector
  • understand the expected Standards in Public Life and the extent to which they have been incorporated in a public body
  • understand how effective management contributes to good governance in a public body.

Who is it aimed at?

The course is designed primarily for those who have no formal qualifications in finance or accountancy but who, as part of their job roles, need to understand procurement and contract management best practice.

It is ideal for those who manage a budget or cost centre as part of a non-finance role in the public sector.

How is it delivered?

The course is available as e-learning and can be delivered in-house.

In-house training is especially cost-effective for organisations interested in training a number of individuals or whole teams. It also allows us to tailor the course content to your organisation’s unique needs and context.

How long will it take to complete?

The course will take around four hours to complete.


There is no assessment for this course if you are completing it on its own and not as part of the full Diploma in Finance Skills for Public Sector Managers.


The course costs £99 +VAT (e-learning only).

This course carries four 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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