Open book processes

Essential to ensuring value for money through collaboration and partnering – the only recognised accredited programme in the UK.

About the programme

Address typical open book problems encountered in the public sector through the UK’s only accredited open book processes accreditation.

Developed by CIPFA, this three-day course and exam ensures that participants gain a thorough understanding of the complete open book process.

Open book processes can be an effective mechanism for generating cost savings and improving value for money – if it is well understood and effectively implemented.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course will benefit all client and contact partner staff who wish to develop and improve their practical understanding of the open book process tools and techniques which support target contracts and successful project delivery.

What will I learn?

CIPFA’s open book processes programme allows professionals to develop an understanding and a strategy for implementing effective open book systems and processes leading to improved efficiency in the supply chain.

You will be equipped to maximise potential gains from the use of open book techniques by:

  • learning how to create dynamic and innovative ways of operating that will support the overall delivery of value for money within your services
  • understanding the key skills required to develop and manage sustainable improvements to your business plans.

Accreditation and assessment

CIPFA’s three-day accredited programme is jointly accredited with CIMA with the initial training delivered over two days, followed later with the third day including the examination. The training is delivered in association with our training partner for Open Book Processes, Stradia Ltd.

When successfully completed you can apply for CIPFA Affiliate Membership.

When and where?

This accredited programme is offered both in-house and at locations across the UK.

For more information about running it at your location, please contact the training team on T: 020 7543 5600 or by email to E:

For date and location details, please search our accredited training calendar.

If no dates are currently scheduled, please contact to discuss future dates or having the course delivered in-house.


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