IPSAS Essentials Course - How does it work?

IASeminars online courses are designed for those who need to cover a subject comprehensively and prefer to learn as part of a group. Courses contain a set of modules.

Support from an online instructor

Our online courses are led by the same highly-qualified professionals who teach our face-to-face Public and In-House Training courses. The instructor provides support through a discussion forum and email. The discussion forum also provides opportunities to discuss topics with your class-mates.

This is a nine-module course with modules on:

  • Introducing IPSAS
  • The IPSASB Conceptual Framework and Key Accrual Accounting Concepts
  • Current Assets
  • Long-Term (Non-Current) Assets
  • Revenues and Expenses
  • Financial Statements Fundamentals
  • Financial Instruments Fundamentals
  • Provisions and Contingencies
  • Making the Transition to IPSAS

Each module contains the following activities:

  • Lessons: Several short topics which not only inform but allow you to test your understanding with embedded questions and feedback.
  • Case Study: A realistic situation in which you can apply the knowledge you have gained.
  • Practice Quiz: The practice quiz has the same structure and question types as the final exam. The main difference is that you can take the practice quiz as often as you like and you will always get detailed feedback on every answer you provide. You can then decide for yourself when you are ready to take the final exam.
  • Final Exam: The final exam has a pass mark of 70%. One re-take is permitted if you don't achieve the pass mark the first time.

All these activities are backed up by a bank of downloadable digital resources and a linked glossary.

Course schedule

Our IPSAS Essentials course is scheduled to run over five weeks. We suggest that you attempt to complete two modules per week, finishing the course in five weeks, but it is entirely up to you if you wish to work more or less intensely. On average, modules are expected to take between 1 and 3 hours to complete, though it is natural that some will be longer than others. So, completing the entire course will require 30 hours of work.

Sometimes it's difficult to meet deadlines: you may be busy at work, have family commitments, or simply take more time than expected. With an IASeminars Online course that is not a problem. Once the five weeks with the instructor have been completed you can continue to work on the nine modules and complete them at your own pace, gathering all nine certificates one at a time as you complete each module. You will have up to a year if necessary.

Certification and Digital Badges

Each module will be examined separately and a Certificate of Completion provided once the examination for that module is passed. In addition, once all 10 modules are completed an IPSAS Essentials Certificate is provided.

We would also like to reward our learners for their achievements throughout their learning journey. This is why you can also collect digital badges when taking IASeminars IPSAS online courses and modules. For example, we will award you a badge if you complete a module, initiate a discussion in the discussion forum or receive 100% grade on any of the quizzes in your course.

A digital badge is much more than just a pretty picture. It is a guarantee that a recognised authority, in this case IASeminars, set published criteria, and that there is authenticated evidence that the badge holder met those criteria. Each of these badges are linked to a public page which displays a brief description and the criteria for obtaining the badge.

If you're still not sure whether a course or individual modules is best for you please contact us, or you can try a module first with our free IPSAS Sampler Module.

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