Become a qualified expert

Throughout your time on the scheme, you will be studying towards the CIPFA Level 7 Apprenticeship, this includes 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 are held at CIPFA Head Office in Mansell Street, London.

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What’s involved

The CIPFA Level 7 Apprenticeship consists of 12 papers spread across four different levels. On completing the apprenticeship, you will gain the CIPFA qualification, full membership to CIPFA and Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) designation.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will be developing various work based skills and behaviours, you will record your work experience and link it to your progression.  


This will show that you’ve not only completed the required modules but also have utilised experience gained to become a well-rounded expert in public finance.


To help you prepare for exam success, you have various different options, attending face to face taught courses (at our head office in E1) or by accessing live web sessions. This gives you the flexibility to learn and study with how you feel comfortable.


The CIPFA Level 7 Apprenticeship takes three and a half years to complete, with exams held in June and December.

Ready to be the future of public finance ?

We are now open for applications to our 2023 graduate opportunities.