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Audit manager (public sector)

Specialism: Audit and assurance

What is an audit manager (public sector) and what do they do?

An audit manager in the public sector will manage and deliver audit engagements from planning through to completion. The role will require proficiency in relevant accounting standards, as well as extensive audit experience. 

The role holder is expected to manage a portfolio of clients such as government bodies, healthcare providers, universities or social housing, with responsibility for agreeing audit timetables, briefing the audit team, including other specialists, monitoring budgets and supervising the audit process. 


While the accountancy profession offers diverse career options and paths, the core capabilities required to perform at the highest standards remain the same - irrespective of skill level or job role.

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Continuing professional development at ACCA

A commitment to life-long learning is a vital part of your ACCA membership; it unlocks the full potential of your career choices - and drives forward the profession.

We deliver a wide range of CPD resources tailored to different areas of expertise - and an ever-changing profession. Our, and your, commitment to quality CPD ensures you will have the most up-to-date skills to perform at the highest standard. 

So, get started (or restarted) and take a look at our curated list of the most relevant CPD resources to secure and succeed in this role.

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Online course

Certificate in International Auditing (Cert IA)

The qualification is ideal for professional accountants or auditors. If your employees have experience, but no formal qualifications in accounting and auditing, they may still be able to apply for this certificate.

The qualification is structured in an accessible and user-friendly way that underlines key information and provides useful summaries. It examines and breaks down specific standards topic by topic. There are case studies which are based on real-life examples, many exercises, multiple-choice questions and sample answers for students to test their knowledge with as they progress through the course.

The course is also updated every year to make sure it stays relevant, and includes a topic-by-topic explanation of the specific clarified ISAs. 

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Online course

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®) Certification

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) status is a globally recognised mark of authority in internal auditing. You’ll be recognised and trusted in your field, and ready to take the next step into a new area of your career.

Pathway 1: The CIA Challenge Exam. ACCA members are eligible to take an expedited pathway to obtain the CIA designation. Traditionally, the CIA is a three-part programme; however, with specific applications windows as listed below, ACCA members are eligible to take a one-part examination.

Pathway 2: For the traditional three-part programme, ACCA members are not required to submit proof of education or professional experience

Online course

Introduction to Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA)

Every country faces the challenge of how to use public resources efficiently and effectively. Without good public financial management (PFM), governments may find it challenging to use public funds to deliver essential services or focus on their long-term goals. How can countries' PFM be evaluated in a way that supports sustainable development?

With the PEFA Framework, we can assess and understand the strengths and weaknesses of a country's PFM system and use this information to support improvements. The PEFA Framework has become the gold standard for assessing PFM performance – with over 650 assessments done in over 150 countries around the world at all income levels.

This four-module, self-paced e-learning course will provide an introduction to the PEFA Framework, how to understand and use it, and the process involved. The course also presents examples, and offers guidance documents and background material. Participants will be invited to complete quizzes to test their understanding throughout the course. Participants will receive a course completion certificate after successfully completing all quizzes in each of the four modules. 

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How does the ACCA qualification support this job role?

From a combination of exams, ethics and experience, the ACCA Qualification will boost your employability and performance at every stage of your career journey.

Here we have listed some elements of the ACCA Qualification that will help you perform at the highest standard in this job role.