5th Annual Public Accounts Committees Symposium & Professional Certificate 2017

London, UK

The ICPS 5th Annual Public Accounts Committees Symposium will focus on the theme of ‘Empowering Public Accounts Committees to Ensure Prudent Public Spending’. For those wishing to obtain the four-day Professional Certificate, this will incorporate the high-level symposium and two subsequent days of intensive training. Delegates can opt to attend the symposium on its own or to attend the full four-day event.

The Symposium

Our 5th Annual Public Accounts Committees Symposium seeks to equip participants with the knowledge and best practices to ensure effective and prudent public spending. Building mechanisms that support prudent public spending, as well as utilising internal and external relationships, ensures that public accounts committees are empowered to be a crucial organisation in the enabling of effective governance. Delegates will discuss how to deliver value for money public spending while holding government to account for the delivery of services with leading practitioners in the field. 

Areas to be discussed include:
  • Analysing Common Obstacles to Prudent Spending and Causes
  • How to Identify Misuse of Public Money
  • Identifying and Overcoming Challenges whist Managing an Inquiry
  • Making the Accountability Concept Operational for Public Accounts Committees
  • Collaboration in a Challenging Environment: Policymakers, Parliament and more
  • Holding Public-Private Partnerships to Account
The Professional Certificate

While the symposium will look into issues relating to the broad picture of the work of public accounts committees, the Professional Certificate will then go into more depth and detail on holding inquiries, public financial management and forward planning for PAC schedules. The programme is designed to build upon the issues raised throughout the symposium through discussions with peers and subject specialists. Participants who attend the full four-day programme will be eligible to attain the Chartered Management Institute Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership. For more information please visit the programme page.

What is involved?

To obtain the Professional Certificate in the Work of Public Accounts Committees delegates will complete the four-day event, followed by two written tasks after the duration of the course. Upon completion of this course and subsequent successful completion of CMI written tasks, the successful candidate will be awarded a Level 5 CMI certificate in Management & Leadership showing the CMI units achieved. The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. The professional qualifications offered by the Institute are internationally recognised and sought after. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a transcript from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies certifying the specialisation in the Work of Public Accounts Committees.

Who should attend?

This international symposium will be of interest to all those working with public accounts committees and their respective support organisations from around the world, including:

Members of Parliament
Clerks of Parliament
Civil servants and other public sector employees
Auditors and accountants
Staff from national audit offices and offices of the Auditor General
Accounting officers and treasury/finance department officials

Why attend?

High Profile Speakers

The Symposium promises an internationally recognised line-up of leading figures and expert speakers who will offer an invaluable insight into the latest initiatives and developments in the work of public accounts committees. Parliamentarians and others who are involved in the processes and procedures of the work of PACs will provide a variety of perspectives and insights on this important subject.


The Symposium and Certificate will also provide many hours of networking, including coffee breaks, lunches, and a drinks reception, ensuring that all speakers and delegates have the maximum possible time to exchange ideas from around the world, explore possible solutions to identified needs and get to know each other better.