CIPFA partners with Calibrand to deliver global online assessments and examinations for new professional qualification


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has announced today that Calibrand, an e-assessment provider, has been confirmed as the official partner chosen to deliver online examinations and assessments for the Institute’s new-look Professional Qualification (PQ).

Through the partnership, online methods of assessment will be made available to student’s worldwide training for their CIPFA PQ, providing a flexible route into the profession.

Fully operational from 2016, Calibrand will be responsible for implementing the software globally, as part of a five-year contract.

Commenting on the announcement, Director of Education and Membership at CIPFA, Dr Adrian Pulham said:

“We chose Calibrand as they provided the best overall solution to the challenges CIPFA faces as it expands globally. We are confident that they will deliver an excellent service to CIPFA and those studying with us. We are particularly confident in their delivery as their marking, essay and case-study examination solutions fitted very closely with our existing methodology.”

Calibrand will be instrumental in the process of rolling out the new CIPFA PQ globally.  

Managing Director of Calibrand, Denis Saunders, welcoming the opportunity said:

“We are delighted to be working with CIPFA, when we saw the process described in the requirements we were very excited about how well our solutions matched. CIPFA are a valued client in the Finance sector, an area we have significant strength in. 

“There will be lots of challenges over the next few years, the hard work starts now.”


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Notes to Editors

  • FA and MA will be the first to be tested by e-assessment (Dec 2015); full roll out across the syllabus from June 2016.
  • Same level of competence will still be required to achieve CPFA (e.g. no dropping of standards, we will still test complex public financial management skills).
  • Practice and mock exams will be made available so students can prepare for the real thing.

Please visit the online assessment tool for more information.

About Calibrand

Calibrand, the currency for talent®, specializes in providing e-assessment solutions that assess, monitor, measure, benchmark, track and test people during periods of employment and training. We have delivered over 8.5 million online assessments covering multiple-choice, essay, case-study and portfolio based solutions. We have particular strength in the financial sector working with banks, insurance companies and awarding bodies to provide qualifications, competency assurance, certifications and licenses on a global basis.


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, we champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. 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.