Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (Cert IPSAS)

The Cert IPSAS includes both an online course and a test.

The online course includes all the study materials needed, although candidates will benefit from having a copy of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) 2020 Handbook of International Public Sector Accounting Pronouncements. You can find the handbook at the International Federation of Accountants website

If you already use IPSAS® and need formal recognition of your skills, you can register to take the online Cert IPSAS assessment only. Likewise, if you do not need certification, but want extra knowledge in the field, you can choose the course only.


You can apply for the Cert IPSAS online at any time.

When you complete registration, you’ll get access to the online course and assessment for six months. Typically, candidates should take 20 hours to work through the course.

The certificate is assessed by a one-hour exam with multiple-choice questions. There are 25 multiple-choice questions based on the syllabus, and the pass mark is 50%.

The fee covers three attempts to take the assessment. These must be taken within the six-month access period. If the candidate does not pass after three attempts, another registration fee is required to make further attempts.