CMA Alberta and CIPFA Launch Unique Dual-Designation Program to Improve Public Sector Fiscal Management and Leadership



    EDMONTON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Alberta government employees can now receive
comprehensive public sector financial management and strategic leadership
training through a new dual-designation program developed by two leading
international accounting bodies in consultation with the Office of the
Comptroller General of Canada. The program, which was successfully launched in
Ottawa in 2006, is now being offered in Edmonton starting September 2008.
    Developed through extensive consultation with former Comptroller General
Charles-Antoine St-Jean and his staff, the CMA Canada/CIPFA dual-designation
program will help ensure senior government employees have the right mix of
skills and expertise needed to deliver world class public finance services in
a professional and accountable manner that the government and the general
public requires of them. This enhanced financial management and accountability
was identified as a key component of the government's commitment to strengthen
public sector management.
    Candidates who successfully complete the program will receive a dual
public finance management and professional accounting designation as a
Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Public Finance Accountant
(CPFA) from the Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) and
the U.K.-based Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. This
unique program is being administered by CMA Alberta.
    CMA Alberta President and CEO Joy Thomas, MBA, CMA, FCMA says the dual
CMA-CPFA accreditation "will provide significant management accounting and
public finance leadership skills for government financial officials to further
increase the efficiency of managing public funds and the level of
accountability expected by the public."
    The Office of the Auditor General-Alberta anticipates the dual
designation will positively impact all levels of government. "We look forward
to working with the Alberta graduates of this program who will possess a
specialized understanding and knowledge of the unique facets of public sector
management. These professionals will be well positioned to provide improved
analysis and advice to all levels of government," says the Office of the
Auditor General-Alberta.

    About CMA Alberta
    As an integral partner of CMA Canada, CMA Alberta is the self-governing
professional organization that is responsible for the training, accreditation
and continuing professional development of CMAs in Alberta. Of CMA Canada's
47,000 members across Canada and around the world, more than 6,600 CMAs are
accredited in Alberta. Certified Management Accountants are strategic
financial management professionals who have gained the knowledge and skills
necessary to provide leadership, innovation and an integrating perspective to
organizational decision-making in the global marketplace. Our accreditation
process is rigorous, but richly rewarding. It leads to the most respected and
highly sought-after designation in business: the CMA.

    Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is one
of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one that
specializes in the public services. It is responsible for the education and
training of professional accountants and for their regulation through the
setting and monitoring of professional standards. Uniquely among the
professional accountancy bodies in the UK, CIPFA has responsibility for
setting accounting standards for a significant part of the economy, namely
local government. CIPFA's members work (often at the most senior level) in the
public service bodies, in the national audit agencies and major accountancy
firms. They are respected throughout for their high technical and ethical
standards and professional integrity. CIPFA also provides a range of high
quality advisory, information and training and consultancy services to public
service organizations. As such, CIPFA is the leading independent commentator
on managing and accounting for public money.
    In January 2004, CIPFA's Education & Training Directorate was awarded the
internationally recognized quality standard ISO 9001:2000 for the excellence
of its student-focused services. It is the first of the UK's professional
accountancy bodies within the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies
(CCAB) to win the prestigious certification.






For further information:

For further information: Contacts - CMA Alberta: Shannon Pestun,
Director, Marketing and Communications, CMA Alberta, Tel: (403) 560-4885,
e-mail: spestun@cma-alberta.com; Contacts - CIPFA, Clare Rice or Rachel Jones,
CIPFA Press Office, Tel: 011-44-20-7543-5712/5687, e-mail:
pressoffice@cipfa.org

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