Education and training

Professional Development

ACFO strongly promotes lifelong learning and development. We encourage members to take advantage of the opportunities afforded to you by virtue of your status as public servants and, in many cases, your membership in other professional associations.

Members should note that, under their Collective Agreements, Financial Officers (FIs) in the public service are entitled to reimbursement for their membership dues for some professional associations. There are also allowances for both public service FIs and those at NAV Canada for professional development leave with pay and many managers and departments arrange for other incentives to promote professional development.

If you have any questions about professional development leave or dues reimbursement, please contact a Labour Relations Advisor.

Further resources for professional development include:

Canada School of Public Service

The Canada School of Public Service offers courses that provide fundamental learning focused on building and enhancing a member’s knowledge of financial planning and management processes in the federal government. Participants can gain a better understanding in areas such as budgeting or accounting procedures as they apply to the federal government environment.

The FORD Program

The Financial Officer Recruitment and Development (FORD) Program was jointly developed by Treasury Board Secretariat and the Office of the Comptroller General. The FORD program aims to attract early-career financial professionals and help them establish themselves in the federal public service.

Other professional associations

These links lead to websites that are not the property of ACFO. They are provided as a courtesy to our members. ACFO is not responsible for the content of these sites. Unless otherwise stated, we are not involved in the organization or implementation of the courses, conferences or events. If you have any questions about any of the following opportunities, please contact the host organizations.


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