Online Short Certificate Programme –  7th Edition, May 2023

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Centre for Continuous Professional Development (CCPD) in collaboration with PUG School of Business is organizing 3 weeks of intensive online certificate courses from Monday 22 May to Thursday 8 June 2023.   Lectures will be held online from Monday to Thursday, from 6 pm GMT to 9 pm GMT.    

The cost per programme is ¢1000 per local participant and US$ 200 per international participant. PUG alumni, PUG students, and Presbyterians will have a 25 % discount. Register below

The courses are as follows

1. Certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Communication


 Public relations have a far greater potential and responsibility in our society than is realized. The emergence of diversified publics, paid media, owned media, and earned media has necessitated the need for more effective public relations and strategic communication. Today’s competitive business environment increasingly puts pressure on communication managers to demonstrate in a measurable way how the results from public relations programmes benefit the organizations they serve. This course is to give participants a better view of contemporary Public Relations and Strategic Communication.    


The goal of this course is to equip participants with a thorough understanding of contemporary Public Relations and Strategic Communication skills.        

Learning Objectives

  • to expose participants to the meaning and scope Of PR    


Module 1: Meaning and Scope of PR

Module 2: Writing and Speaking in Public Relations

Module 3: Managing Publics and PR Tools 

Module 4: Overview and Principles of Strategic Communication

Module 5: Strategic Communication in Practice

Module 6: Managing Paid, Owned, and Earned Media  

Target Group

 Individuals interested in Public Relations and Strategic Communications

 2. Certificate  in Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental Management


This course is designed to provide an understanding of the components of a modern occupational health and safety system in the workplace. Participants will understand their role as it pertains to mitigating loss as well as preventing workplace related injuries and/or illnesses. The participant will appreciate the relationship between workplace conditions and how they may result in incidents or losses.     


The programme is uniquely designed to equip participants with the needed skills and knowledge on how to develop procedures to manage and promote occupational safety, health and environmental issues.

Learning Objectives

  • to provide participants with fundamental understanding of occupational, health & safety in the issues workplace that pose a danger or threat to their health, or that of others and propose methods to eliminate the hazard.
  • to equip participants to integrate health  & safety issues into the culture of the organization as spelt out by the laws of Ghana 
  • to equip participants with skills, knowledge and competency to develop and implement health and safety policies, procedures and systems to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.
  • to analyze and evaluate legal issues relating to occupational health and safety conditions.
  • to provide participants an overview of accident management, safety auditing and Environmental Assessment, identifying the causes of accidents and assisting to prevent their recurrence.
  • to acquaint participants with the reporting methods in health and safety issues in political, socio-economic and medical contexts in ways that serve the public interest.


Module 1: Fundamentals of Health, Safety & Environmental Management

Module 2: Integration of Health & Safety Culture into an organization

Module 3: Managing Health and Safety Processes at work

Module 4: Law Relating to Occupational Safety and Health

Module 5: Accident Investigation & Environmental Assessment

Module 6: Reporting of Health & Safety Issues

Target Group

 Individuals interested in Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental Management

3. Certificate  in  Financial Risk Management


The global accountancy, banking, insurance and financial system is changing very fast which impacts on the operations of firms and institutions of which those operating in Ghana cannot be exempted. The financial system has in addition, undergone major restructuring in preparation for the new regulatory frameworks, and responding to the ever changing economic and global environment affecting existing roles and creating new skill set and requirements for the creation of risk management divisions of financial institutions.  Management of financial risk is a core discipline in financial services management and one that must be mastered by every professional in the industry irrespective of its operating model or product. Pursuing this course provides participants not only with a recognised qualification demonstrating excellence in the risk management; it is also a sign of genuine commitment to excellence in risk management The course  is practitioner led, developed and orientated, and enables participants  to acquire an advanced-level understanding of financial risk management. Participants will be able to apply best-practice techniques to measure these risks and formulate strategies for management of these risks at their employing institutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Expose participants to the foundations of risk management and corporate governance
  • Equip participants with skill in valuation and risk management models
  • Appreciate ethical and compliance issues in financial risk management
  • Equip participants with the skill and techniques in managing operational risks, market, and credit and treasury risk management.  


  This course is made up of the following modules:

  • Foundations to risk management and corporate governance
  • Ethical and compliance in financial risk management
  • Valuation and risk management models 
  •  Risk management such as operational, credit, liquidity and   treasury risk management

Target Group

 Individuals interested in financial risk management 

 4. Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards  


An increasing number of governments and intergovernmental organisations produce financial statements on the accrual-basis of accounting in accordance with IPSAS. The information contained in accrual accounting IPSAS financial statements is considered useful, both for accountability and for decision-making purposes. Financial reports prepared in accordance with IPSAS allow users to assess the accountability for all resources the entity controls and the deployment of those resources, assess the financial position, financial performance, and cash flows of the entity and make decisions about providing resources to, or doing business with, the entity.


This course seeks to facilitate the alignment of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) with best accounting practices through the application of credible, independent accounting standards on a full accrual-basis.    

Learning Objectives

  • To expose participants to International Public Sector Accounting Standards.


  Module 1:

IPSAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements.

IPSAS 2 Cash Flow Statements.

IPSAS 3 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors.

IPSAS 4 Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates.

Module 2:

IPSAS 5 Borrowing Costs

IPSAS 6 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements.

IPSAS 7 Investments in Associates.

IPSAS 8 Interests in Joint Ventures

Module 3:

IPSAS 9 Revenue from Exchange Transactions.

IPSAS 10 Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies.

IPSAS 11 Construction Contracts.

IPSAS 12 Inventories.

Module 4:

IPSAS 13 Leases.

IPSAS 14 Events After the Reporting Date.

IPSAS 15 Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation.

IPSAS 16 Investment Property.

Module 5:

IPSAS 17 Property, Plant and Equipment.

IPSAS 18 Segment Reporting.

IPSAS 19 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets.

Module 6:

IPSAS 20 Related Party Disclosures.

IPSAS 21 Impairment of Non-Cash-Generating Assets.

IPSAS 22 Disclosure of Financial Information about the General Government Sector.

IPSAS 23 Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactions (Taxes and Transfers).

Module 7:

IPSAS 24 Presentation of Budget Information in Financial Statements.

IPSAS 25 Employee Benefits

IPSAS 26 Impairment of Cash-Generating Units.

IPSAS 27 Agriculture.

Module 8:

IPSAS 28 Financial Instruments: Presentation.

IPSAS 29 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement.

IPSAS 30 Financial Instruments: Disclosures.

IPSAS 31 Intangible Assets.

Module 9:

IPSAS 32 Service Concession Arrangement.

IPSAS 33 First-time Adoption of Accrual Basis IPSASs.

IPSAS 34 Separate Financial Statements.

IPSAS 35 Consolidated Financial Statements.

Module 10:

IPSAS 36 Investment in Associates and Joint Ventures.

IPSAS 37 Joint Arrangements.

IPSAS 38 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities.

IPSAS 39 Employee Benefits.

Module 11:

IPSAS 40 Public Sector Combinations.

IPSAS 41 Financial Instruments.

IPSAS 42 Social Benefits.

RPG 1 Reporting on the Long- Term Sustainability of an Entity’s Finances.

Module 12:

RPG 2 Financial Statement Discussion and Analysis.

RPG 3 Reporting Service Performance Information.

Target Group

Individuals interested in Accounting and Public Sector Financial Reporting Framework.

5. Certificate  in Ports and Shipping Management


 Port & Shipping Management is designed for participants seeking to prepare and enhance their knowledge in the Ports and Shipping related areas. This course exposes participants to develop, recognize, solve problems, and to understand the role of business in the ever-changing scenario in Ports and shipping industry. Ports Management has become important not only for Port activities but many related areas like principles of port and shipping management, Port Handling and Logistics Services, Port, Shipping Planning and Activities, Port Terminals and Operations, Port and Shipping finance and Insurance, Port Security and Safety Management and Port Handling and Logistics Services.


 The programme is uniquely designed to equip participants with the needed skills and knowledge on how to develop and manage activities in port and shipping leading to efficiency and effectiveness of port and shipping activities.

Learning Objectives

  • to provide participants with fundamental understanding of principles of port and shipping management issues in the workplace
  • to acquaint participants with port and shipping planning and activities in contexts in a way that serve the public interest
  • to expose participants to benchmarking of operators and terminals to maximize revenue and profit
  • to expose participants to financial planning, management and insurance in port operation, specifically budgetary planning, financial and economic appraisal of port investment proposals and traffic forecasting
  • to equip participants with security and safety handling issues in the terminal and the protection of the environment
  • to analyze and evaluate legal issues relating to port and shipping management.  


 Module 1: Principles of port and shipping management

 Module 2: Port, shipping planning and activities

Module 3: Port terminals and operations

Module 4: Port and shipping finance and insurance

Module 5: Port security and safety management

Module 6: Port handling and logistics services

 Module 7: Legal aspect of port and shipping management

Target Group

 Individuals interested in Ports and Shipping Management

6. Certificate in Procurement and Logistics Management 


The Procurement and Logistics Management course is designed to provide the foundational skills to manage the flow of materials and goods throughout the supply chain. From the procurement perspective, it explores the specifics of sourcing, supplier assessment, collaboration, contract management, purchase order management. The course concludes with a focus on logistics and distribution best practices.


 The programme is designed to enable participants to explore procurement and logistics in relation with other functions of business organizations. Participants are also able apply relevant skills and knowledge to solve procurement and supply chain management tactical and operational challenges both in public and private institutions.

Learning Objectives

  • to expose participants to different principles and approaches to the management of individuals and groups or teams within the procurement function, theories and techniques relating to managing people involved with the procurement and logistics function
  • to examine the public procurement act of Ghana and enhance participants understanding of its application
  • to provide participants an appreciation of the legal and ethical issues of contractual arrangements and apply methods to improve supplier performance, recognising the need for a structured approach when dealing with performance and relationship issue
  • to expose participants to understanding how transport policies are designed, implemented and managed at the local, national and international level
  • to expose participants to various approaches to achieving desired outcomes in negotiations and recognise the use of legal terms that regulate commercial agreements
  • to examine how the performance of purchasing departments and individual buyers can be measured and how targets for improvement can be formulated
  • to explore legal and ethical aspects of contracts, competition and the Procurement Law that impact on procurement and supply


  Module 1: Principle of procurement and logistics

Module 2: Public procurement

Module 3: Contract administration

Module 4: Logistics and transport management

Module 5: Negotiations and contracting in procurement and logistics

Module 6: Measuring procurement performance

Module 7: Legal and ethical issues in procurement and supply

Target Group

Individuals interested in Procurement and Logistics Management


*A participant must attend at least 80 percent of the online lectures in order to receive a certificate.     

To register please contact

 The Coordinator, CCPD 

+233 (0) 244705695, +233 (0) 502271090, (0) 544058359

WhatsApp +233 (0) 0502271090


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