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Internal audit manager (public sector)

Specialism: Audit and assurance

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

An internal audit manager in the public sector will manage an audit team which may vary in size depending in portfolio, with responsibility for coordinating resource over a range of audits and assignments. Audit managers are the key day-to-day contact for clients, and their ability to build good relationships with a variety of stakeholders while delivering robust audit work is critical.

The internal audit manager is likely to work with a diverse range of beneficiaries and stakeholders: government departments, agencies, higher/further education, local authorities, charities and the private sector. They will report either to a senior audit manager or directly to the group chief internal auditor. 


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.

Online course

Certificate in International Auditing (Cert IA)

This certificate offers an introduction to the clarified International Standards on Auditing (ISAs). It covers the principles of ISAs through online tuition and objective assessment.

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.

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Online course

Certificate in Public Financial Management (PFM Learning Pack)

The certificate introduces the essentials of public financial management. It provides a practical and broad-based knowledge of public financial management, teaching the foundations of public sector finance and ensuring finance professionals in the public sector have a core understanding of what is involved.

By completing this certificate, you will be able to:

  • define public money
  • understand the objectives of public financial management
  • know what the public financial management cycle is.
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Online course

Introduction to Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA)

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, 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. 

You will:

  • get to know the PEFA programme
  • gain and understanding of the PEFA framework and its methodology
  • understand the phases of a PEFA assessment process, including how its findings can be used as an input for PFM reform improvements.
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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.