In times of increasing budget constraints, effective budget and financial management systems are central to the successful operation of all public sector organisations. This certificate is aimed at public sector professionals with non-financial backgrounds who are seeking up-to-date methods to improve public sector finances and make effective decisions.
Participants become acquainted with issues such as fiscal challenges, the budget cycle, and performance-based budgeting. They are introduced to public financial management concepts and challenges, gain insight into ‘nudging’ and experimental policy evaluation, and learn techniques for improving public sector decision-making.
This certificate includes:
Three of the following seminars*
- "Nudging" and experimental policy evaluation (11-13 October 2018)
- Sustainability (24-26 January 2019)
- Fiscal rules and budgeting: Examples from OECD countries (31 January-2 February 2019)
- Economics for non-economists: Micro and macroeconomics (25–28 February 2019)
- Good governance and anti-corruption (25-27 March 2019)
- Smart decisions in government and business (9-11 May 2019)
- Workshop in London (20-23 May 2019)
One of the following skills trainings*
- Design thinking (19-20 November 2018)
- Conflict management (4-5 December 2018)
- Management of transformation and innovation projects (7-8 February 2019)
- Negotiation (21-22 March 2019)
- Decision support through foresight analysis and scenario planning (7-8 May 2019)
- Public communication skills (27-28 June 2019)
*Participants make their choice.
Most courses take place on an annual basis.
Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)
- Higher education degree
- At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
- Good knowledge of English
- Three seminars and one skills training, amounting to a total of 11-12 days.
- Additional time for the preparation of the seminars, as well as for the follow-up assignments.
- 11 ECTS credits are acquired.
€ 6,900 if certificate programme includes a Workshop
Certificate fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.
Certificate fee includes (unless otherwise indicated):
Attendance, online access to course literature before the seminars, materials during the seminars, beverages in the Hertie School of Governance cafeteria (open on weekdays), correction and rating of assignments, and a final certificate after full and successful attendance (11 ECTS credits are acquired). Participants of the certificate programme must complete the certificate within two years. Most courses take place on an annual basis. All seminars take place at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, workshops take place in London or Brussels.
Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.