Six month fast track for qualified accountants

We offer a fast-track six-month option for accountants who are members of ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, ICAI or ICAS to obtain the CIPFA qualification.

Qualified accountants (members of other CCAB)

Qualified accountants who are members of other CCAB are exempt from ten modules, leaving just the following two exams to complete to become a fully qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA):

  • Public Sector Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Public Finance

See syllabuses


Cost varies, depending on the method of study you’d like: 

 Classroom Study (CETC)  £1560*
 Kaplan Online Study  £1248*
 Self-Study  £840*

*Prices inclusive of VAT and exclude revision options and exam entry fees.


Being a CIPFA member will:

  • Demonstrate your commitment to a career in public finance with the designatory letters CPFA.
  • Increase your networking and learning opportunities - Access our CIPFA membership benefits including offers, events, publications and a wealth of public service expertise.
  • Help you boost your career - holding two professional accountancy qualifications is an excellent way to gain credibility and add direction to your career.

Exemptions and exams

Students can start the course at any time of the year. Examinations are in June and December.

For more information download the brochure to see which modules you are exempt from and visit our exemptions page to find out how to apply for exemptions.

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