Key dates

Find all the key dates in the student calendar to book your exams, apply for exemptions, enrol on courses and all other student events.

For 2018 exams


Register as a student

If you are a new student, you will need to register as a student before you are able to book exams.

  • When: register by 20 April 2018 (for June 2018 exams)
  • Where: head to our Qualification page to Register as a student


Apply for exemptions

If you think you are eligible for exemptions first check the exemption matrix. Then send your documents to studentsupport@cipfa.org for verification. Once approved we will send you instructions how to apply and pay for your exemptions.

*Exemption applications can take up to four weeks for approval – apply for them early!*

  • When: before exams
  • Where: head to our Exemptions page


Enrol on a course

Enrol on face-to-face, web classes or self-study packages with CETC

  • When: Enrolments for courses open in January 2018
  • Where: Purchase courses from our CETC page


Book your exams

Exams are booked separately from tuition.

  • Apply for special arrangements if you require special arrangements e.g. additional time, during exams.
  • Apply for special considerations if something happens immediately prior to your exams or on the day of the exam itself. (Approved applications are sent to the CIPFA Examination Panel).

Note: strategic exams are only available for June and December sittings.

  • When: (see below)


 Exam sitting:  Booking dates:
 March 2018
 From 12 January - 31 January 2018
 June 2018
 From 08 February - 20 April 2018
 September 2018
 From 13 July - 31 July 2018
 December 2018  From 08 August - 19 October 2018

  • Where: Book exams from our Exams page
Note: late fees are charged for bookings after the booking deadline. View our Exams page for charges.


Strategic Case Study advance material

To help students prepare for the exam the case study will be provided as advance material. The role of the candidate will be specified in the advance material and the detailed tasks will be specified at the start of the exam, together with further information about the scenario.

For June 2018 exams:

  • When: 8 May 2018
  • Where: SCS on our Exams page


Candidate admission emails

Details of your purchased exam and further information on making final arrangements.

  • When: (see below)
 Exam sitting:  Dates:
 March 2018
 19 February 2018
 June 2018
 21 May 2018
 September 2018
 20 August 2018
 December 2018  19 November 2018