CIPFA partners with FreeBalance to deliver International PFM training


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has announced a new partnership with FreeBalance to help strengthen public financial management (PFM) in countries around the world.

FreeBalance is a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software. It will be accredited to provide training to students who enrol on CIPFA’s International PFM courses in those countries where FreeBalance operates. Students who complete the Professional Qualification in International Public Financial Management will be entitled to apply for membership of CIPFA and to use the designation Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA).

Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance, commented,

“CIPFA is the leading provider of specialist PFM qualifications in the world and we’re excited by the opportunity to introduce the CIPFA certification program to our customers,

“FreeBalance and CIPFA are in a unique position to help some of the most progressive countries in the world build the necessary PFM capacity to support good governance and improve public services.”

Alan Edwards, International Director of CIPFA, commented

 “CIPFA and FreeBalance are committed to helping strengthen PFM in countries around the world. FreeBalance customers will benefit from having staff trained to the highest standards, certified by CIPFA,

“CIPFA and FreeBalance recognize that a key component of an effective PFM system is the existence of properly trained and qualified PFM practitioners working in government.”



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Notes to Editors:

The CIPFA certification program courses consist of the following suite of progressive qualifications:

  • Certificate in International Public Financial Management (Cert IPFM)
    • Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Country-Specific Public Financial Management
  • Diploma in International Public Financial Management (Dip IPFM)
    • Public Sector Financial Reporting, Audit and Assurance, Managing Organisations, and Managing Finance
  • Advanced Diploma in International Public Financial Management (Ad Dip IPFM)
    • Public Policy, Governance and Ethics, Public Finance, Corporate Financial Reporting, and Strategy
  • Professional Qualification in International Public Financial Management (PQ IPFM)
    • Strategic Leadership and Strategic Financial Management


CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans. 

About FreeBalance

FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance is a recognized as leader in fast, adaptable and successful GRP implementations. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. FreeBalance provides software solutions for public financial and human resource management, and supports reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results.

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