frequently asked questions

CIPFA's support team address some common questions you may have about our courses, enrolment and results.

1. How do I enrol for a course?

To enrol for any course at CIPFA Education and Training Centre you must complete the online enrolment form.

Don’t forget that as well as registering with CIPFA Education and Training Centre you must register with CIPFA

2. Why do I need to register with CIPFA and CIPFA Education and Training Centre?

Although CIPFA Education and Training Centre is part of the CIPFA group attendance on courses/purchase of materials is optional so separate registration processes exist.

For the Professional Qualifications you will need to liaise with the personnel in the Education and Membership Directorate at CIPFA for:

  • Exam entry
  • Exemptions
  • Requests for extenuating circumstances to be taken into consideration in terms of examination performance
  • Receipt of final examination results

You will need to liaise with CIPFA Education and Training Centre for:

  • Enrolling for a tuition course
  • Notification of change of address or employment details
  • Withdrawing from a tuition course
  • study materials (workbooks and exam essentials)
  • additional study support services and products

3. What is the deadline to enrol for a course?

The deadline is two weeks prior to the course start date, however, as some courses are extremely popular and places go quickly we advise that you complete your enrolment form in as soon as possible to guarantee a place.

4. Do I need to wait for my Professional Qualification exam results before enrolling?

There is no need to wait until you have received your exam results before you enrol as you can withdraw should you need to. If you need to withdraw from your chosen course due to adverse exam results then please inform us as soon as possible. If this is done before the start of the course you will not incur a fee in such circumstances.

5. How can I find out what modules I am exempt from?

As a new student starting on the professional qualification you may hold exemptions from certain module depending on your academic or professional background. CIPFA are able to advise on the exemptions you may have. You can call them on 020 7543 5678 or email

6. How many modules should I study?

Students are advised to typically study 2 modules per 6 month course. You can also study more than two modules at a time by enrolling on more than one course.

7. How do I cancel my enrolment?

If you need to cancel for any reason then let us know as soon as possible, the following fees are incurred for cancellations:

Withdrawals before closing date for enrolments no fee payable

Withdrawal between closing date for enrolments and start of course *a 15% of fee payable.
Withdrawal within 21 calendar days after the start of the course *b. 60% of fee payable.
Subsequent withdrawal full fee payable

*a The fee is waived if a student elects to withdraw as a result of the receipt of adverse exam results shortly before the start of the course. In such instances, withdrawal must still be notified in writing before the start of the course or 5.3 or 5.4 of the course brochure will apply as appropriate. *b For courses of 3 days duration or less, withdrawal after the start of the course for whatever reason will result in no refund. If withdrawal is notified prior to the start of the course, 5.1 or 5.2 of the course brochure will apply as appropriate for all courses except revision courses. In the case of revision courses a charge of 20% of the full fee payable will apply for withdrawal after exam essentials have been dispatched. Please note that it is the responsibility of the sponsor to inform CIPFA Education and Training Centre in writing of a withdrawal from a course. In the event of a student leaving the sponsor organisation, the fees will remain the responsibility of the original sponsor organisation unless written confirmation is received from an alternative sponsor accepting responsibility for these fees.


8. I have enrolled on a course, what happens next?

You will receive email confirmation that you are enrolled on the course and you will be sent a timetable by email two to three weeks before the start of the course. If you have any queries at all please contact CIPFA Education and Training Centre via


9. What is the recommended route through the Professional Qualification?

There is no specific route through the professional level (certificate and diploma level) modules but certain modules do assume a prior knowledge that would have been gained on other modules. Therefore we recommend that you pass the Financial Accounting exam before taking Financial Reporting, or pass Financial Reporting before attending the Public Sector Financial Reporting course


10. How long are Professional Qualification courses?

There are two semesters each year with courses running from either February through to May for June exams or August through to November for December exams. Main (day or bespoke release) Courses typically run for 5-7 days per module and require a full day's attendance from 9:15am to 4:45pm. Day release courses are either one or two days per week. Separate revision courses, which run in May and November, are 1 -3 days long.


11. Why should I attend a tuition course with the CIPFA Education and Training Centre?

There are many ways in which CIPFA Education and Training Centre's courses can help you including: Building your understanding - the courses are designed to progress you through the learning materials and help you understand the key concepts and techniques Networking - you will benefit from learning with peers from varied backgrounds and job roles Advice from experienced and supportive trainers Exam success - CIPFA Education and Training Centre's courses are designed to help you succeed in the exams. Our pass rates are consistently higher than the CIPFA average meaning that you have the best chance of success with CIPFA Education and Training Centre