Join the only global professional accountancy body dedicated to public finance

CIPFA is the global professional body for public finance professionals.

Our 14,000 members work at the highest levels. They are decisions-makers in central government departments, national audit agencies, local government, major accountancy firms and the health service.

They work across the public sector where public money must be effectively and efficiently managed.



Who can join?

Minimum requirements 

The minimum academic entry requirements to study our Professional Qualification are three GCSEs, grades A–C, and two A-Levels, grades A–C or equivalent. 

If you do not meet these requirements you may still be eligible.

Graduates

All graduates can study for our Professional Qualifications in Accounting and Audit. 

A relevant finance or accountancy degree may give you exemptions from some CIPFA papers.

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Register as a CIPFA student for:

  • Access to top finance employers
  • Contact with industry professionals
  • Access to our global public finance network
  • Entry to courses and events
  • Event and news updates
  • Revision and study aids
  • Outstanding CPD tools
  • Discounts and NUS card rewards

Fully qualified accountants

Members of other professional accountancy bodies are be entitled to exemptions to become fully-qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountants (CPFA).

The amount of exemptions will depend on the standing of your qualification and your relevant professional experience in the public sector.

Part qualified / AAT members

If you have started studying for an accountancy qualification or you are AAT level 4 qualified then you can build on this experience and fast-track to a charted accountancy qualification with CIPFA.

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Choose CIPFA membership for:

  • Specialist public sector designation
  • Connect with our global public finance network
  • Recognised dual designation
  • Technical help
  • Public finance CPD support and resources
  • Event and sector updates
  • Outstanding thought leadership articles
  • Rewards and discounts


Accelerated route for senior finance professionals

Senior executives in roles with significant financial responsibilities can take our accelerated route to the CIPFA professional accounting qualification in two years.  

Qualifying as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant gives you access to our global network of public finance and accountancy experts.

The CPFA designation immediately improves your earning potential and career prospects, putting you on track for a top public finance career anywhere in the world.

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With CIPFA membership, you gain:

  • Chartered accountancy status and the globally-recognised CPFA designation
  • Global networking opportunities with public finance leaders
  • Technical help from industry experts
  • Public finance CPD support and resources
  • Outstanding member-only technical resources
  • Contact with industry peers at events
  • Conference and sector updates

Resource Directors

Managers working in public sector resources, who are not CIPFA qualified accountants, could also benefit from the services which affiliate CIPFA membership offers.

Holders of other CIPFA qualifications

If you have taken another CIPFA qualification you may be entitled to affiliate membership and all the benefits it brings.

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Affiliate CIPFA membership gives you:

  • A specialist public sector designation (CIPFA Affil)
  • Access to over 12,500 online CPD resources 
  • Monthly copies of Public Finance magazine
  • Public Money & Management journal
  • Thought leadership articles, research reports and papers
  • Free and discounted CPD events
  • Connection with our global public finance network