continuing professional development

CIPFA's qualified members are required to participate in our continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.

To help you complete your CPD all submissions, advice and resources are now available by logging into 'My CIPFA' and clicking on 'My CPD.  CPD guidance notes are available to download.

CPD summary

The scheme is designed to be as flexible as possible. It takes into account the various sectors CIPFA members work (nowadays many members work outside of mainstream accountancy and audit roles).

CPD year and cycle

Members select the CPD year, based on a calendar, financial or appraisal year (e.g. August to July, April to March), and three-year CPD cycle.

CPD hours

120 hours of CPD activities are required over a three-year period with a minimum of 20 hours in any one year.

CIPFA offers training and development opportunities to help you to meet CPD requirements, from short courses to longer accredited programmes. Visit our training pages or search our events database to find out more.

CIPFA employer accreditation

Members who work for CIPFA Platinum Accredited or CIPFA CPD Accredited Employers are already working to a programme of professional development that meets with our requirements. These members do not need to complete CIPFA’s CPD Learning and Development records and plans or maintain a portfolio of evidence, your employers appraisal/development scheme replace these.

Members working for CPD accredited employers do need to complete their Annual Members’ Statement confirming participation in CPD.

It is essential that members keep their employer details up to date in “My CIPFA”.

To find out how your employer can apply for accreditation, learn more about our scheme and download our application form.

Confirming participation

Every year members are asked to confirm participation in or exemption from the scheme by completing the CPD declaration section in the Annual Members Statement.  Members can complete the Annual Members' Statement by logging into the website and going to "My CIPFA".

CPD Guidelines April 2013

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