Financial Introduction to Local Council Administration (FILCA)
The Financial Introduction to Local Council Administration (FILCA) is a Level 2, online sector specific learning tool to support all new Responsible Financial Officers (RFO’s) in England and Wales (or officers who have a financial element to their job role). The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to council finance.
£120 + VAT for members and non-members.
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What will I learn?
The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the work of an RFO. The course is in five modules based on the annual round of financial activities.
1. Roles & Responsibilities
The legal framework
2. Budget and Precept
Constructing the budget
Making budget decisions
Monitoring the budget
3. Systems & Procedures
The council’s financial regulations
The cash book
4. Internal Control and VAT
The council’s duty
Implementing the duty
Separation of responsibilities
The management of risk
The internal audit
Reviewing the systems
5. External Audit and the Year End
Exempt councils (not applicable to FILCA Wales)
The AGAR (FILCA England) / The Annual Return (FILCA Wales)
The Statement of Accounts
How will I learn?
- The course has five modules. Each module contains several sections and pages of activities, questions and explanations.
- To gain a certificate and 8 CPD points you must pass the Assessment. You can have one attempt at each of two tests and pass a test with a score of 80%.
How long will it take?
FILCA can be studied intensively over a few days or by doing up to one module a month; it’s up to you. As soon as payment has been received and processed, you will have access to the online course for twelve months. If you do not complete the assessment within this limit, access to the course is removed. You might start as soon as you can and keep momentum going.
If you have any questions about the qualification please contact Serena Sunderland, firstname.lastname@example.org