We appreciate that we all lead very different lives and face different demands on our time. So, when it comes to studying we recognise that flexibility is the key.

Choose the studying option that best suits you. You can study CIPFA a variety of ways: distance learning, online learning, or by taking the popular taught-course options.

Study options


CIPFA’s Education and Training Centres (CETC) have provided specialist taught courses for the CIPFA Professional Qualification for over 25 years. CETC courses are an oustanding study option: they are the most popular with employers and get the best pass rates. Expert tutors teach day release and revision courses, provide learning materials for all CIPFA students and offer tailored support distance learners. All learning materials are included in course costs.

Study and learning options

Want to learn independently in your own time at home? You can study CIPFA using CETC’s learning materials when and where you prefer. 
Enrolling gives you access to:
  • Study workbooks with step-by-step guides to the whole syllabus and practice questions
  • Exam-focused module revision guides
  • Exam question packs
  • Revision materials
  • Progress tests to check your understanding of the syllabus as you progress. You’ll get tutor feedback too.
  • Mock exams to practice your exam technique and identify areas to work on

Kaplan Financial 

Webinars are delivered by expert tutors live as if you were in the classroom and are interactive so you can ask the tutor questions and see their response.

If you miss the lecture there is the option to catch-up and replay and the Live Online Community means you can interact with fellow students. Costs include all learning materials.


CETC provide a range of study materials and assessment practice, including:
  • Workbooks
  • Exam essentials
  • Question packs
  • Revision materials
  • Progress tests
  • Mock exams

IPFM - with an Accredited Training Partner 

Tuition courses and examinations for the IPFM qualification are currently offered in countries where we have partnerships with local tuition providers, professional accountancy organisations, governments or others with a desire to improve public financial management at a local or country level. The programme is currently available in South East Europe and in Nigeria and Lesotho. We are also working with FreeBalance to deliver tuition for the qualifications in various countries.

We are currently seeking relationships with other suitable training organisations to become Accredited Training Partners for the delivery of CIPFA's IPFM qualifications in a number of countries.

If you would like to find out more about partnering with us - to bring the programme to your country - or anything about the IPFM qualifications.

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