Public sector qualifications

ACCA in partnership with the public sector

We're the most forward thinking professional accountancy body. We have an in-depth understanding of the challenges and trends facing this sector through our many partnerships with public sector leaders and organisations.


That’s why our qualifications are designed to develop finance capability at every level with a focus on increased expertise, improved decision making and better efficiency.

Ethics is at the heart of everything we do - setting the scene for our members and students to do the right thing, every time.

Our qualifications

We know from our research and partnerships that public sector employers need a range of professional and technical skills that can be applied in the public sector context.

Our ACCA and Foundations in Accountancy qualifications offer a strong focus on professional skills, and are ideally placed to help employers fill the most commonly cited skills gaps in the public sector finance function.

Our Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (Cert IPSAS) and Advanced Diploma in Public Financial Management (Advanced Diploma PFM) qualifications have been developed specifically for public sector employers, based on our research and feedback from senior leaders in the sector.

Foundations in Accountancy and the CAT Qualification

Foundations in Accountancy provides employees with a grounding in accounting and finance.

Ideally suited to developing recruits from secondary schools or to encourage existing employees to obtain formal recognition of their abilities, there are no formal entry requirements.

Learn more about Foundations in Accountancy and the CAT Qualification

The ACCA Qualification

ACCA qualified accountants in the public sector transform the finance capabilities of their organisations through their in-depth skills.

The ACCA Qualification has a strong focus on professional values, governance and ethics.

Learn more about the ACCA Qualification

Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (Cert IPSAS)

Our Cert IPSAS gives finance and accounting employees working in this sector stronger and more relevant financial reporting skills. Online course delivery ensures maximum flexibility for your organisation.

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"34% of public sector employers globally tell us that their employees need more technical capability"