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Self-study course

The Self-Study course consists of a 7 hour video accessed via Vimeo for 60 days and the course material.  It costs $249 Canadian plus applicable taxes (Canadian customers only).  It is 40% cheaper with our Passport.  To purchase access to this material consisting of the video on Vimeo and the course material via PDF,  click here .  For international customers, approximately one US dollar will purchase $1.20 Canadian on a credit card.


There is an optional quiz for accountants whose body requires verifiable or structured CPD hours.  Upon successful completion of the short quiz included with the course material, your CPD Certificate will be provided. If you have any questions, please email  

Up-coming live webinars

Several other professional accounting bodies also offer webinar offerings of this course in Canada.  Generally, membership is required for favourable pricing.  You can find out by checking your professional body’s website, or ask us -

In-house offerings

Some public sector organizations request in-house live or web versions of this courses, where discussions can be more frank, and material can be partly customized.  Please reach out to us at if you would like a proposal for your organization,  

Other courses of interest to 

government accountants

Although our other courses are not specifically aimed at public sector employees, they contain quite a bit of content that will be directly helpful for those in government, and some that will expand their minds, and help, although not directly applicable.  We don’t think they will bore you either, they contain humour!  The best three would be these, click on them to be taken to the information page:

Practical Work Smarts for All

Practical Solutions from Case Discussions

Practical Financial Negotiation Tips

You can see the overview all our courses and their content here.

Practical Tips for Government Accountants

This full day course, created and taught by Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA, covers useful tips for accountants who work in the public sector. This includes the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, as well as public sector agencies and crown corporations.  It contains:

  • Tips from Stephen Priddle's other courses that apply in the sector

  • Tips from his other courses that do not apply directly but will get participants thinking/inspire them

  • Some tips that have been developed for the public sector context, which may apply

Value will also be derived from the sharing of experiences and practices and brain-storming by the participants. in the live version.  

About 90% of the course applies to non-accountants working in governments, so it is of interest to them as well.

These sessions include 1.0 verifiable ethics PD hours, for those provinces that have this requirement.

More than 98% of the course content applies outside Canada, so it is of interest to accountants from anywhere in the world.

Stephen Priddle has worked for a crown corporation, four federal departments, and on loan to the Office of the Auditor-General from KPMG.  He has also submitted many successful federal, provincial and municipal government financing submissions, while in the private sector.

What you’ll learn

  • Some different management & leadership tips

  • Tips on KPIs

  • More useful financial reporting

  • Ethics in a public sector context

  • Useful technology tips

  • Creative thinking for accountants

  • Dealing with lawyers and contracts

  • Negotiating wisely

  • Brainstorming on public sector job trouble spots

  • What to do when you take a new position

  • Some financial modelling keys

  • Interviewing - a different approach

  • Closing the books faster

Who will benefit

Accountants at any level in the public sector, federal, provincial or municipal.  Not-For-Profit accountants will be better served by the Not-For-Profit version of this course, click here​.

Course feedback


  • Useful tips for government accountants, many that I could use today and in the future

  • Very engaging

  • Good use of examples

  • A very good speaker

  • Useful tips for government accountants, many that I could use today and in the future.

  • Great workshop

  • Thanks again for making the course interesting.

  • Informative and could relate to it on a lot of levels.

  • I found it useful and it should benefit my career in the future. I'm still …. climbing the ranks.


  • I found it to be very interesting, informative and relevant. 

  • It’s something accountants can totally relate to

  • It was thorough but also not dry, which was a concern for me. The topics were also relevant and informative.

  • Another very interesting course. I love these classes; they are interesting and entertaining

  • Your course was very interesting and informative.

  • I will recommend this course to my colleagues

  • You kept it light and alive

  • Lot's of pertinent information

  • The course was well organized and not boring to listen to

  • Great presentation in general

  • Thank you for this great online course. Looking forward to book more of them in the future! 

  • Very captivating and interesting

  • Thanks for humour!  you packed many examples and tips into this course

  • They were all very good and thought-provoking

  • Seeing a visual trainer is much better than just a voice reading or speaking off of slides


  • Always good to get private sector perspective as one gets stuck in the government bubble

  • I strongly recommend this session

  • Great examples – very adaptable to the gov’t

  • You are a very dynamic person and you kept my interest during the whole presentation

  • Hiring part was very relevant for me

  • The session definitely gives me inspiration and allows me to gather additional thoughts to help me at work

  • Structure: A+.  Big fan of the structure & pace.  Key items are covered, real life examples, provides food for thoughts - then onto the next topic

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills of the trainer

  • It is to the point and it has useful tips for day to day work.

  • In particular, I liked the topic on finding the skeletons in the closet when transitioning into a new job, as well as employing negotiation skills as an accountant

  • I liked the use of real life examples to explain the various points you had in the seminar

  • I really appreciated the examples you gave and your personal experiences through the different positions you had in your career to illustrate ethical conflicts

  • This will help me at work, especially with when I have to deal with lawyers

  • Good balance of risk/judgement, fun, concise, practical, personal

  • Inspiring section on negotiating – I now feel more empowered to negotiate

  • You are a very good communicator!

  • Key thoughts and messages well delivered, very good presenter

  • Great session, good mix of interaction, teaching and concrete examples

  • I also really enjoyed the fun tone of the meeting, proving that accounting doesn’t have to be boring!

  • Tips will be useful at work and also my personal life such as negotiating skill insights

  • Really enjoyed how to deal with lawyers

  • Helps in renewing motivation at work

  • The theory of the session was delivered through examples which help people relate to it

  • We were really spoiled by those prizes – thanks!

  • Very interesting and engaging

  • Good reminders about ethics, KPIs, big picture thinking, leadership

  • Lots of tips that will be used in my current work

  • I liked the session since it is mostly based on concrete examples in the private sector.  This gives a different perspective for government employees on how to approach a problem (think outside the box)

  • Love the ethics session, ethics is very important in the government

  • Very concrete practical examples on what we can apply in our current work environment

  • Very high energy, very dynamic

  • Great tips about becoming more creative at work

  • It’s great to have an opportunity to talk about ethics (as opposed to just law). Thanks!

  • Great jokes!    

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