CIFRS Certified International Financial Reporting Standard™

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Course Overview


The IFRS standards are being developed on an ongoing basis. Accounting, finance and other related professionals need to be aware of the introduction of new standards and the modifications to the existing standards. This program is designed to provide an understanding of the way the standards have come into existence, their importance in the standardization of reporting systems throughout the world, and the road to convergence for those countries that have not yet adopted the IFRS.

Throughout the course, delegates will be faced with conceptual and evaluative materials. As a result of the presentation and discussion of the materials, delegates will be encouraged to apply their learning with reference to a series of targeted case exercises and case studies.

The final session, financial ratio analysis of IFRS based reports, has been designed to run using Excel spreadsheets.

Benefits of Attending the Program


 Participants will gain an understanding of the way that the IASB came into existence and the impact it is having on world financial reporting

 They will be aware of introduction of recent standards and the changes they have brought about.

 They will be acquainted with the requirements for the most new standards which were released in recently

 New interpretations given by the IFRIC committee will be discussed.

 Receive a complete overview of the IFRS standards for SMEs including the definition, adoption and major differences with the IFRS standards

Who should attend


This highly practical qualification has been specifically designed for:

 Chief Accountants

 Group Finance Directors

 Heads of Finance

 Finance Managers

 Financial Controllers


 Management Accountants

 Executive Directors of Finance

 Managers of Financial Accounts

 Heads of Accounting and Administration

 Finance and Information Systems Managers

 Financial Analysts


 Portfolio Managers

Expert Trainer

Duncan Williamson

Duncan has worked internationally as an accounting professional, lecturer and trainer for many years. Duncan began his international work in 1988 when he started a five year posting to the University of Malawi where he was an Associate Professor of Accounting. Duncan has lived and worked in Central and South Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, the Caucasus and the Far East, including Thailand, where he now lives, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. Duncan has been training in the area of IFRS and financial reporting for over a decade following assignments in the Causcasus and Central Asia in which he worked in USAID projects that were given the remit of setting up IFRS based accounting regimes in Armenia, first of all, then the former Soviet Union. This work included setting up a curriculum for the certification of professional accountants and developing training materials for that purpose. Duncan has trained a large number of IFRS trainees in the Middle East, Thailand and for Oil and Gas based delegates from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Lybia, Egypt and Nigeria. Duncan's published work include a book on bookkeeping and accounting (The Bookkeeping and Accounting Coach published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2014) a text book on cost and management accounting, a major book on Excel 2007 spreadsheeting together with an Excel workbook.

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