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IFAC Publishes User-Friendly Training Materials to Support IPSAS Implementation

Nov 9, 2020 | English

To assist governments and government entities wishing to report in accordance with the accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), IFAC has developed a package of training materials, collectively titled Train the Trainer: Introduction to IPSAS.

Accrual accounting information provides greater transparency and is useful for accountability and decision-making purposes. Implementation of accrual accounting in the public sector is a significant priority across many jurisdictions, especially as public finances face increasing scrutiny as a result of the pandemic.

The training materials are aimed primarily at entities currently using a cash basis of accounting and transitioning to, or planning a move to, accrual IPSAS. The materials, which are available to trainers at no cost, are designed to be used flexibly and can be tailored to the needs of training participants.

The course is structured over ten modules with each broken down into topics that stand alone and can be delivered as individual sessions. The training topics include assets, liabilities, financial instruments, and first-time adoption of accrual basis IPSAS. Each module includes a training manual and an accompanying set of slides, with some modules containing supplementary video content.

IFAC remains committed to advocating for strong public financial management and to supporting IPSAS adoption and implementation. The Train the Trainer: Introduction to IPSAS materials are meant to aid public sector entities around the globe as they adopt high-quality accounting practices.