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Public sector auditor

Specialism: Audit and assurance

What is a public sector auditor and what do they do?

The public sector auditor conducts independent audits in line with the audit institutions mandate, in order to provide oversight and assurance on the use of public resources. This could include finance, compliance or performance audits.


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.

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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Learning path

Certificate in public financial management (PFM learning pack)

Given the pace of change and size of expenditure in the public sector, it’s critical that finance professionals working in the sector have the right skills to deal with the challenges ahead. In response to demand from the public sector, we have developed the Certificate in Public Financial Management to help support and build strong public financial management.

By completing this certificate, you will be able to:

  • 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 event

Virtual public sector conference 2022

At our 12th annual virtual public sector conference, we’ll be taking on the biggest challenges facing financial professionals in the public sector today. Together, we can build a more sustainable and equal future for all. Created for finance professionals interested in the public sector, the webinars recorded during the conference are available here with the reports discussed during the sessions.

Sessions include:

  • public purse prioritisation – public finance during a cost-of-living crisis
  • skills for the future – building a professional public finance function - joint ACCA-IFAC session
  • report launch: green budgeting in the public sector
  • auditing sustainability reporting in the public sector
  • from data to decisions: transforming public finance and procurement systems
  • professional integrity – ensuring accountability in the public sector.
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How does the ACCA qualification prepare you for 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.

Case study for this role

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The view from Ruth Ntreh FCCA

Auditor, Office of Internal Oversight Services, United Nations, Naqoura, Lebanon

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