Students around the world sit their CIPFA exams


Almost 300 students from 47 countries have taken exams this month for CIPFA’s Professional Qualification in International Public Financial Management. The qualification allows students from across the world to achieve chartered public finance accountant status.

The CIPFA accountancy qualification is the first in the world to be based on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). These international standards promoted by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) are designed to improve government transparency and accountability, allowing for greater comparability between countries and public sector bodies.

CIPFA is also working with established and experience training providers who have become Accredited Training Partners (ATPs) for CIPFA's suite of international public financial management courses and other courses relevant to the international market.

Earlier this year CIPFA announced it is working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to train up to 500 of their staff. The online courses provided in partnership with Kaplan have been training the first 150 UNDP staff members who are part of this initial CIPFA international examination cohort.

CIPFA’s International Director, Alan Edwards, commented,

“CIPFA is now offering a truly global qualification. From Papua New Guinea to Bolivia via Kabul, Gaza, South Sudan and 42 other locations CIPFA students have been taking exams - in every time zone around the world apart from Hawaii!”



Contact: Matthew Patterson

CIPFA Press Office

t 020 7543 5600



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.