Specialized Training Program

The 12 months Specialized Training Program for the Probationary Officers of Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service is the most intensive and prestigious training course held at the Pakistan Audit & Accounts Academy, Lahore. It attracts the personal attention of the Auditor-General of Pakistan.

The objectives of the program are as under:

  • To transform a generalist Probationary Officer into a professional who has adequate knowledge of the principles and techniques of modern finance, accounting and auditing practiced in the public and private sectors.
  • To inculcate the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real life situations.
  • To impart knowledge, skills and a sense of professionalism, so that Probationary Officers are able to deliver their best.
  • To groom the Probationary Officers in developing a confident and professional outlook.

A total of 8 subjects are taught during the 12-month period of training. The program is divided into two phases.

Subjects taught in First Phase

  • Cost & Management Accounting 100 marks
    • Financial Accounting                                                                                           100 marks
    • New Accounting Model& Financial Audit Manual (NAM&FAM)                   150 marks
    • Services & Financial Rules  (S&FR)                                                                    150 marks

Subjects taught in Second Phase

  • Business Law & Taxation 100 marks
    • Communication Skills                                                                                          100 marks
    • Financial Management& Quantitative Techniques (FM&QT)                        150 marks
    • Information Systems Audit (ISA)                                                                        150 marks

Teaching Methodology

Class Room Activity

The course curriculum of the Specialized Training Program is covered mainly through class room activity. Probationary Officers are expected to study a particular topic assigned by the teacher and then it is discussed in the class.

Extension Lectures

Eminent guest speakers are invited from public and private sectors to speak on topics of national and professional importance.

Field Attachment / Internship

Probationary Officers are divided into groups. Each group is attached for three (3) months in Field Audit and Accounts Offices. In the First Phase of one and a half (1 ½) month Probationary Officers are attached in Account Offices, while in Second Phase they cover Field Audit Offices (FAOs). Each group has to submit a written report on weekly basis and make a presentation at the end of Field Attachment / Internship.

Work Shops

Work Shops on noting, drafting, letter and report writing, processing of bills etc. for Probationary Officers are part of their training.

Hands on Training

Hands on training in SAP (FI &HR) and Audit Command Language (ACL) is conducted for the Probationary Officers.

Study Tours

Country Study Tour (CST) North and South have been designed for the Probationary Officers in each Phase, in order to expose them to the  working of various departments of Federal and Provincial Governments and to understand their working at operational level and issues faced by those departments / offices through interaction with various senior level officers.

Cultural Night

Cultural Nights are regularly held for Probationary Officers to make learning a fun filled activity. The Cultural Night carry themes like self-belief, smart way of working, opportunities in Pakistan, legal fiction and just chill to name a few.

Public Speaking

This activity focuses on improving the Public Speaking skills of Probationary Officers.

 Discipline

All Probationary Officers are required to be seated 5 minutes before the arrival of the teacher. Probationary Officers must wear name tags during the class hours. Mobile phones are not allowed in class. All Probationary Officers must follow seating plan laid out for them and must not leave the class room during the session without permission. If a Probationary Officer requires to see a faculty member, he/she must do so either during tea time or after the last class. Dress code must be followed when attending classes, as below:

 

WINTER:

For Men          Lounge Suit or Shalwar Kameez (plain) with Waist Coat and formal shoes with socks (Chappals are strictly prohibited)

For Ladies      Decent and Appropriate Dress

SUMMER:

For Men           Pent Shirt with Tie or Shalwar Kameez with waist coat and formal shoes with socks (Chappals are strictly prohibited)

For Ladies       Decent and Appropriate Dress

Internal Evaluation

Specialized Training Program (STP) is quite intensive and is conducted under the vigilant and observant eyes of the Dean, Director Probationers and the Rector. Almost 100% attendance is mandatory unless authorized leave is granted. Special effort is made to assess the Probationary Officers from various angles. Performance in academic subjects is just one part of the evaluation. Due importance is also given to the overall behavior of the Probationary Officers. While making an overall assessment, answers to the following questions are sought:
1. Is the probationer amenable to discipline?
2. Is he/she regular & punctual in attending classes and other activities planned by the PAAA?
3. What is his/her behavior with instructors, colleagues & with seniors?
4. Does he/she adhere to the prescribed dress code?

  1. Does he show appropriate conduct during Examination and Country Study Tours?

Awards

Best Probationer Award:

Ms. Saba Hameed, Assistant Accountant General, AGPR, Sub Office, Lahore of 43rd STP is receiving her Best Probationer Award from the
Honorable Auditor General of Pakistan Mr. Javed Jehangir

The Best Probationer is declared after the result of the Final Passing out Examination is announced. A Probationer who gets this title is the one who scores the highest marks, after summing up the internal evaluation marks with the FPOE marks. The performance of each Probationer reflected in the pen picture is based on the internal evaluation criteria. The best Probationer award is given to the Probationer of previous batch during Final Passing out Ceremony of the present batch.

Best Achievement Award:

It is given to the Probationary Officer who has done well in all ten (10) areas mentioned above.

1st Prize in Academics

It is given to the Probationer who stands first in the combined results of Phase-I & Phase-II tests, marks obtained in SAP (HR & FI) and ACL training.

2nd Prize in Academics

It is given to the Probationer who stands first in the combined results of Phase-I & Phase-II tests, marks obtained in SAP (HR & FI) and ACL training.

Mr. Mohammad Danyal Qazi, Assistant Director of 44th STP is receiving his Best Probationer Award from the
Honorable Auditor General of Pakistan Mr. Javed Jehangir

3rd Prize in Academics

It is given to the Probationer who stands first in the combined results of Phase-I & Phase-II tests, marks obtained in SAP (HR & FI) and ACL training.

Best Performance in Management Committee Award

This award is given to the Probationer who gets the highest number of votes of the probationers for organizing probationers’ affairs actively and effectively.

Best Attendance Award

The award is given to the probationer who has the highest percentage of attendance but is not given if this attendance is less than 97%.

Sports Awards

Sports Galas are arranged by the Management Committee during the course of their training. The probationers who win the following events receive their prizes at the Final Passing Out Ceremony:

  • Badminton (Men/Women)
  • Snooker (Men/Women)
  • Table Tennis (Men/Women)
  • Chess (Men/Women)
  • Carom Board (Men/Women)

Final Passing Out Examination (FPOE)

At the End of the training, Final Passing Out Examination (FPOE) is held by FPSC on all eight subjects taught in the Academy.

Final Passing Out Examination (FPOE) Marks:

Marks allocated to FPOE are 1000. There are eight (8) papers of FPOE. Four (4) papers carry 150 marks each and four (4) papers carry 100 marks each. Pass percentage in all the papers is 45%.