The ways you can study the CIPFA PQ are changing

We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re pleased to tell you about some exciting changes to the way you study with us. The CIPFA Education and Training Centre (CETC) is taking advantage of new technology to launch a new online learning option. You can still choose the study option that best suits you, with face-to-face, self-study and online all still available, but the new online choice will make studying with CIPFA more flexible and more user-friendly. 

This is another example of our commitment to providing you with the highest standard of learning and the best chance of qualifying. See below for more information.

New online learning option

This summer the CIPFA Education and Training Centre (CETC) is delivering a new online learning experience.

Development work is well underway to create an easy-to-use, flexible platform that provides a first-class learning experience for CIPFA students.

The new service will offer all the features expected of a contemporary online learning system including live virtual classrooms and online discussion forums. The platform is being developed with input and guidance from CIPFA’s specialist tutors, all of whom have significant experience in public finance training and in delivering the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PQ).

As part of these changes, we will also be simplifying our face-to-face, online and self-study learning packages. We’ll be making it easier to create a blended study bundle that works for you and your organisation.

We’ll be keeping our current students and employers up to date on the changes and improvements over the coming weeks. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the changes and what these mean for you, please call us or get in touch using the link below.

CIPFA customer services: T: +44 (0)20 7543 5600

Face-to-face learning with CETC

CIPFA’s Education and Training Centres (CETC) have provided specialist taught courses for the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification for over 25 years. CETC courses are an outstanding 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 for 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


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.