Are you interested in learning more about accounting standards? On this continuing education course in accounting you will learn how to influence the financial reporting and management process.

The accounting standards defined by the IAS (International Accounting Standards) and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) dominate all areas of finance and accounting in many organisations. This course in accounting will prepare you for the future. 

  • You will acquire comprehensive and practical knowledge of accounting in compliance with IAS/IFRS 
  • You will be able to select your learning speed individually on the basis of self-study of the course materials 
  • You will be able to practice on the basis of various practical situations and case studies 
  • You will prepare specifically for the final examination 
  • If you pass the examination, you will receive a recognised qualification certificate 


  • Degree/Certificate Specialist course
  • Duration 5 attendance days and 1 examination day
  • Schedule Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Application deadline Ongoing
  • ECTS credits None
  • Costs CHF 3,280
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern
  • Department Business
  • Next session further information to follow


Content + Structure


Modern and goal-orientated. This specialist course meets a current need, as the IAS/IFRS accounting standards dominate all areas of finance and accounting in many companies. Bern University of Applied Sciences is offering this continuing education course in accounting in cooperation with the ACCOVALIST Institute for Accounting & Finance SE. The course will comprise prior self-study of ten learning material units, five attendance days and one (voluntary) examination day. 

Training objective

You will acquire comprehensive and practice-orientated knowledge of accounting in compliance with IAS/IFRS. You will have ten weeks time for self-study of the course materials - in this phase you will be able to determine your own pace of learning. During the attendance days you will deepen your new knowledge on the basis of practical situations and case studies. You will be able to prepare for the final examination on the last day of the second attendance phase in an empathic atmosphere. After passing the exam, you will receive a recognised qualification certificate that will document your sound practical knowledge. 

  • Principles of international accounting 

  • Intangible assets and impairment test 

  • Property, plant and equipment, investment properties and leases 

  • Non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations, inventories and construction contracts 

  • Financial instruments and currency conversion 

  • Provisions and liabilities 

  • Equity and consolidated statement of comprehensive income 

  • Income tax and cash flow statement 

  • Annex reporting and interim reporting 

  • Group accounting in accordance with IFRS 

  • Preparatory studies using ten learning material units (to be provided from December 2020) 

  • Lessons on five attendance days 

  • One examination day

Written examination

Title + Qualification

Specialist course in IFRS 

Certified Accounting Specialist


Our lecturers are proven experts with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in their subject areas. They have at least a university degree plus many years of experience in higher education. 


ACCOVALIST Institute for Accounting & Finance

Partner: ACCOVALIST Institute for Accounting & Finance

Requirements and Admission

This continuing education course in accounting is designed for those already working with the IFRS accounting standard or who would like to work in this field.

Admission requirements

You do not need to meet any specific admission requirements to participate in this extra-occupational course. However, prior knowledge of IFRS accounting is required. If you have any questions, please contact the director of studies directly.

Professional requirements

Knowledge of accounting in accordance with the Swiss Code of Obligations (OR).

Knowledge and skills

You will be familiar with financial reporting in accordance with IFRS.

Work on previously issued course material up to the time of attendance lessons. 

Organisation + Registration

Documents required for registration

You can register online via registration form. For registration we require following documents (in PDF format, max. 1 MB per document): 

  • Diplomas 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Passport-sized photo (in JPG format) 

Please upload these documents even if you have already submitted them for another application. 

Informationen zum Fachkurs

CHF 3,280

The general terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to make changes. In case of doubt, the wording of the official BFH regulations are binding. 


Study Counselling

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Course coordinator


Information events

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we offer you our personal advice in addition to the information events.  By telephone or online via MS Teams.

Please contact us!

E-mail: weiterbildung.wirtschaft@bfh.ch 
Phone: 031 848 34 02

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