Postgraduate certificate in collaborative transformation

CIPFA and Canterbury Christ Church University Postgraduate course that will help you to initiate and develop collaborative transformation and shared services projects.

About the programme

The current reality is that senior officers and managers in public bodies are being thrust into leading on multi-million pound collaborations, or shared services without formal skill or knowledge development. CIPFA has partnered with Canterbury Christ Church University to deliver this six-month course that provides you with knowledge and skills to successfully initiate and progress collaborative transformation projects or shared back and front-office services. 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation is a 60 credit, level 7 postgraduate award and consists of three 20-credit modules completed over a six-month period. The programme also offers CIPFA Affiliate status to all new graduates.

Who is the course aimed at?

Senior managers across the public sector who are being tasked with leading and developing collaborations or shared service projects and who would like to successfully enter into this area of work and gain a recognised qualification.

What will I learn?

This programme will develop your skills to enable you to:

  • manage the initiation and development of a business case in diverse partnerships in collaborative public sector settings
  • develop a sound and systematic understanding of collaboration strategy
  • identify and critically evaluate current research and practice in the field of change management
  • apply change management principles to front and back office collaborations
  • apply understanding of collaborations and shared service initiatives to your own organisation
  • create effective roadmaps for use by your employer.

Duration and mode of delivery

This is a three-module programme lasting six months, comprising a mix of taught modules, the development of an evidence portfolio demonstrating how students are applying their learning and written assessments. The taught modules involve six days’ attendance.


On completion of the programme and assessment requirements, delegates will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation which also offers CIPFA Affiliate member status.

When and where?

The next October intake will be taught in London. Dates are as follows:

Module 1:

5, 6 and 7 October 2016

Module 2:

8 November 2016

Module 3:

10 January 2017 and 7 February 2017


The fee for the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation is £2,850 per delegate.

For further information on this programme, please download our brochure or contact Alistair Steenson to book your place at E: