PFMA MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME (PFMP)
The Public Finance Management Academy has developed a unique programme for South Africa’s public sector. The Public Finance Management Programme (PFMP) consists of a number of short courses specifically designed to focus on the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act and the advanced concepts introduced by this commendable legislation.
The Public Finance Management Programme is a contribution of the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors to assist with the implementation of the Public Finance Management Act (and the MFMA) and to meet the challenges that our country faces with its commitment towards improving our accountability framework.
Accreditation by the National Treasury’s Validation Board
National Treasury set up a Validation Board to “accredit” or “validate” short-term training programmes and to address coordination and quality issues which surround the programmes available to existing employees (this Board ceased to operate in 2006). The aims of the validation mechanism were to coordinate activities and to advise departments of relevant programmes which target identified needs and are delivered to a suitable quality. The Short Courses of SAIGA’s Public Finance Management Programme™ were all accredited by the National Treasury’s Validation Board until it ceased to operate in 2006.
Since the auditing function is superimposed upon the accountancy function, government auditors require a sound understanding of the application of the principles underlying accountability and accounting. The Public Finance Management Programme is also designed to empower Registered Government Auditors and other government auditors performing this function within the accountability framework. In a modular approach, course material is packaged around related topics, allowing optimal retention of knowledge and effective scheduling to combine the learning experience with practice.
The Public Finance Management Academy has secured the services of various leading professional educators and academics with specific public sector experience to develop and present the continued professional education (CPE) short courses.