Education and membership

There are opportunities for volunteers to get involved in the work of CIPFA's education and membership directorate in a number of ways.

The Education and Membership Directorate is responsible for the development, delivery and promotion of CIPFA’s qualifications. We are an awarding body and a provider of student training and learning support. The quality assurance of providers of CIPFA qualifications is also a key area of our work. Education and membership has a significant research function, ensuring our students receive the most current and relevant knowledge and skills in the field of professional education.

Current vacancies

Become a school governor and enhance your finance skills

National charity SGOSS are working with CIPFA to recruit more school governors with financial skills. Volunteering as a school governor allows you to gain new strategic and executive skills whilst using and developing your finance skills to make a tangible difference at a school convenient to you.

School governance focuses on the ‘big picture’ and the school’s direction, offering ample opportunity to compare and contrast your own professional experience. You gain exposure to understanding key issues and challenges that you may not have encountered before. You are immersed in the school’s culture and way of working, learning new insights - good and bad from the headteacher, other governors and the school’s senior leadership team.

If you want to make a substantial and tangible contribution to your local community, then more information can be found on the SGOSS website or contact SGOSS directly on 020 7354 9805 or info@sgoss.org.uk.

International volunteering with AfID

Accounting for International Development offers accountants from around the world the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profit organisations globally. Volunteer assignments of between 2 weeks and 12 months, or longer permanent placements, form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management & reporting capacity of charities in over 30 countries. The main focus of all assignments is to enhance the skills, confidence and potential of local people, enabling their organisations to deliver more effective and sustainable programmes to their many beneficiaries. Our programme is based on a long-term development strategy whereby assignments of differing lengths are supported by handovers from one accountant to another. Our qualified accountants provide one–to-one coaching on all matters relating to the organisation’s finances and accounting.

Our partners are a mix of small grassroot NGOs, social enterprises and much larger international charities and their own global branch networks. All are undertaking important work to alleviate poverty and inequality within their communities and include micro-finance projects, local enterprise initiatives, hospitals, rural cooperatives, street child centres, conservation projects, community schools and vocational training colleges. AfID has now arranged volunteer assignments for over 500 accountants, who have given over 80,000 hours of one to one support to more than 300 non-profit partners.

If you want to make a substantial and tangible contribution in developing countries, then more information can be found on the AfiD website.

Examinations Panel

The examinations panel is urgently seeking volunteers to take on roles as lay members (to ensure the entire examination processes run correctly) and subject champions (taking responsibility for reviewing exam papers for specific modules in CIPFA qualifications as well as exam results).

Contact Aga Jop to volunteer, or find out more.

CIPFA Student Network

The CIPFA Student Network is a body that represents all CIPFA students and acts on their behalf. Members come from different backgrounds, employers, regions, etc to ensure fair representation of a cross-section of CIPFA students across the globe. The CIPFA Student Network is closely linked to the various Regional Student Societies.

Other more hands on opportunities

If you'd prefer a more hands on rather than a committee role you might want to think about volunteering to talk to students about CIPFA and the careers available with the CIPFA qualification at careers fairs. CIPFA is keen to promote the uptake of the Professional Qualification at university careers fairs and these are taking place in a wide range of locations through the year.

At the other end of the qualification road there are also opportunities to invigilate examinations in a number of areas around the UK.

Contact us

Complete the volunteer form or get in touch E: studentsupport@cipfa.org.