Executive Certificate

Certificate in Public Financial Management and Methods

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.

Three of the following seminars*

  • Strategic and Performance Management (05 - 07 October 2023)
  • Economics for Policy-Makers (29 November - 02 December 2023)
  • Smart Decisions in Government and Business (04 - 06 December 2023)
  • Budgeting and Priority-Setting in Government (26 -28 February 2024)
  • Bureaucracies and Evidence-Based Policy-Making (29 February - 02 March 2024)
  • When to Trust the Numbers: Informed Data Consumption (18 - 20 March 2024)
  • Data Science for Decision-Makers (21 - 23 March 2024)
  • Sustainability (25 - 27 April 2024)  

One of the following skills trainings*

  • Negotiation and Mediation (08 - 09 April 2024)
  • Political communication (29 - 30 April 2024)
  • Scenario-building and foresight (07 - 08 December 2023)
  • Writing for Public Policy (04 - 05 March 2024)Managing
  • Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations (27 - 28 November 2023)



*Participants make their choice.

Most courses take place on an annual basis.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)



  • Higher education degree
  • At least three 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.

Seminar fee

 € 7,560

 € 7,700 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 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 in Berlin, workshops take place in London or Brussels.

Terms and Conditions



Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.