The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), EY and training company IASeminars are to jointly offer a number of training courses on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

The seminars are aimed at accountants who have already qualified, and will count towards continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

Speaking to The Accountant IASeminars chief executive Marc Gardiner said the strongest demand for IPSAS training was from Africa and the Middle East.

He added that courses will be held in "hubs" where people from across the world can get to, such as Dubai, London and Geneva, as well as in Lagos and Cape Town, due to the importance of the African continent to the programme.

The courses will include overviews, updates, and immersion courses and also look at specific technical issues.

Commenting on the agreement, CIPFA policy and technical director and IPSAS board member Ian Carruthers said "There is a growing international demand for high-quality IPSAS training, and this new collaboration will help provide the skills needed to operate within the increasingly demanding world of international public finance".

The IPSAS board, which issues the standards, contains two EY partners and a CIPFA director, and Gardiner said there was a "great deal of synergy" between the three bodies.

The workshops will begin in 2014, and the collaboration does not have a fixed end point.

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