The Canada School of Public Service provides learning products and training opportunities to advance Public Service Renewal and to enhance your job performance now and in the future.
If you are a public service employee working in the field of finance this learning roadmap is for you.
It will guide the creation of your personal learning plan and help you to achieve your learning goals. It outlines required training and professional development courses available from the School. This roadmap will get you started on the right path and point you in a clear direction throughout your career in the public service.
"The development of public servants as leaders, managers and empowered employees is central to a high performing organization. We will improve our approaches to learning and managing talent, succession planning and performance as fundamental to delivering on our business."
2009-2010 Public Service Renewal Action Plan
The Public Service of Canada has developed and adopted a Key Leadership Competencies Profile that reflects the skills, abilities and characteristics that all public service employees require in order to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. In support of this initiative, the learning activities found in this roadmap have been mapped against these competencies.
These competencies can help you identify the effective behaviours that leaders at all levels must adopt, as well as ineffective behaviours to be avoided. They will help focus discussions on performance, learning needs and career plans. For more information on these leadership behaviours, please visit the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat External link.
"The financial management community adds value in a variety of ways: provision of financial services; reporting for decision-making and accountability purposes; contributing to sound internal control; contributing to effective investment planning and resource allocation. It means having financial professionals who are technically strong and who are able to work collaboratively with others who are not financial experts to arrive at decisions that are sound from a variety of perspectives."
James Ralston, Comptroller General of Canada
Financial Management Community Update Newsletter
The School is being praised by Finance Specialists for providing training and tools specifically tailored for the finance community of the federal public service.
"As an Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer, I have lived and witnessed the challenges experienced by members in the financial community. The School has given me a unique opportunity to share what I have learned over the years with others so that they may become effective financial managers. As an instructor, coach and mentor to learners, I feel that I am able to make a real contribution."
Mike Hawkes, Faculty Member, Canada School of Public Service
"I would recommend this course to all public servants in order to get an appreciation of the complexity of the budget and management systems and how it touches each of us."
Government Planning, Budgeting, Reporting and Evaluation Cycle (F112)
"These courses give the participant a great overview of the grants and contributions process in the federal government and provide many worthwhile insights and tools."
Managing Grants and Contributions (F405)
For financial management officers and public servants with financial responsibilities, the School provides learning products in the following areas:
The School can assist with a variety of classroom and online learning products and services - whether you need to enhance your skills and abilities in your functional specialty by improving your knowledge of policies, legislation and procedures or whether you want to further your career by strengthening your leadership, business and personal-interpersonal abilities.
The Government of Canada's Policy on Learning, Training and Development External link indicates that employees are responsible for acquiring and maintaining the knowledge, skills and competencies related to their position and for developing and pursuing their personal learning plan, which may include measures to strengthen their second official language skills.
Discover the Financial Management Officer Recruitment and Development (FORD) Program External link. It offers access to top-notch training and opportunities for professional development in finance.
The School helps you to plan your language training needs, provides you with access to leading-edge online language training products and tools and facilitates access to pre-qualified external providers of language training services across Canada. The Language Maintenance and Acquisition Cycle (C248) is a self-directed online course to help you prepare a language learning plan.
The School offers access to many different learning products and tools in both official languages. They cover an extensive range of subjects that enable you to deepen your knowledge and improve your skills according to your professional needs and interests. Get a MyAccount and start your e-learning today.
Orientation to the Public Service
The Orientation to the Public Service (E131) program focuses on equipping new public service employees with a foundational understanding of government and the concepts of the values, ethics and responsibilities that they will draw upon throughout their careers in the Public Service of Canada.
Authority Delegation Training
Newly appointed supervisors, managers and senior managers at all levels can benefit from an overview of the policies and accountabilities governing their activities, roles and responsibilities. The aim of the Authority Delegation Training is to provide leaders with the essentials of human resources, finance, procurement, information management and related fields.
Financial management officers (FI-01 to FI-04) with less than five years of experience as of September 1, 2010, are required to complete the following courses within a specific timeframe and order as listed below. This timeframe was temporarily extended in fall 2011 to adapt to the current fiscal environment. For new financial management officers, the timeframe for course completion commences the day they join the FI occupational group.
Through this curriculum, participants will get an overview of the policies and accountabilities governing their activities. They will gain a better understanding of financial management frameworks, the financial management life cycle in the federal government, as well as departmental and central financial management systems.
For further information on required training programs, please contact your departmental Required Training Coordinator or the School's Client Contact Centre.
As a public service employee with financial responsibilities, you are expected to have basic knowledge of this field as well as a good understanding of all its facets.
The School offers you other tools and practical approaches to enhance your skills and core competencies. It gives you access to flexible learning approaches that go beyond the classroom to accommodate a wide range of learning styles in a variety of settings such as: armchair discussions, events, forums, workshops and seminars.
Some changes may have been made to various learning products listed in this document. For more information, please consult the School's catalogue.
If you have any questions about the School, its products or services, please contact the Client Contact Centre.