Become a qualified expert

Throughout your time on the scheme, you will be studying for The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PQ), which is the key qualification for anyone pursuing a career in public finance management.

 

The qualification covers a broad range of expertise, from strategic planning, procurement and commissioning, to dealing with integrating services and the implementation of new delivery models. Training is delivered by qualified experts with years of public finance experience, and involves a combination of online and offline learning. This includes face-to-face sessions, which will be held at the CIPFA’s Mansell Street office in London.

What’s involved

The CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification consists of 12 papers spread across three different levels. On completing all three levels, you will gain the CIPFA qualification, full membership to CIPFA and Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) designation.

Professional Certificate

Financial Accounting
Management Accounting
Company Financial Reporting
Audit and Assurance

Professional Diploma

Business and Change Management
Corporate Governance and Law
Financial Management
Public Service Financial Reporting
Strategy and Policy Development
Taxation

Strategic stage

Strategic Public Finance
Strategic Case Study

You will attain a recognised qualification after successfully completing each of the first two stages. On completing the Final Test of Competence, you will be eligible to apply for full CIPFA membership and to use the letters CPFA after your name. You will also need to complete the Initial Professional Development Scheme (IPDS), which provides you with practical experience alongside your studies.

 

To help you prepare for exam success, you will attend classes at the CIPFA Education & Training Centre (CETC) in Borough High Street. You will also be able access learning materials and self-assessment tools via the online Student Learning Centre. The course is offered on day release. If you are starting without any exemptions, the course should take approximately three years to complete.

 

You will attain a recognised qualification after successfully completing each of the first two stages. On completing the Final Test of Competence, you will be eligible to apply for full CIPFA membership and to use the letters CPFA after your name. You will also need to complete the Initial Professional Development Scheme (IPDS), which provides you with practical experience alongside your studies.

 

About CIPFA

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy is the professional body for people in public finance. Its 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.

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