CIPFA membership for senior finance professionals

Join the only global accountancy body dedicated to public finance

Our direct route to CIPFA membership enables senior public finance professionals, with five years or more post-qualification public sector experience to become a CIPFA member alongside their current professional membership status. 

As a CIPFA member, you will gain Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) status and become part of a global network of dedicated public finance specialists, and benefit from exclusive membership benefits to support you throughout your career.

Membership gives you:

  • Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) status – the globally recognised and respected designation
  • Recognition of your professional standing and expertise in public financial management
  • An opportunity to join a network of key decision makers and senior finance professionals across global public services
  • Listing in CIPFA’s directory of members
  • Free and discounted CPD training and events including short courses and accredited training programmes
  • Access to our technical enquiry service offering specialist guidance on standards of professional practice, statements of best practice and related technical enquiries
  • Leading publications and journals including Public Finance, Public Money & Management, and Spreadsheet
  • Access to ‘ManagementDirect’ – a comprehensive online resource portal, giving access to the Harvard Business Review and a host of other business related titles and tools
  • CIPFA Rewards – offering members a variety of discounts designed to save you money on everyday purchases.

Eligibility for CIPFA membership

  • Professionally qualified accountant with five years or more post-qualification public services experience.
  • A member in good standing, with a recognised accountancy body e.g. ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, ICAS and CAI.*
  • No studies or exams required – just a simple online application form to complete and a membership fee of £155 (incl. VAT).

I chose to apply to be a member of CIPFA as I feel it is the number one qualification for those working in public finance roles. Holding the CIPFA qualification gives credibility to a Finance Director or other finance professionals in this sector. When I am recruiting I always feel that candidates that hold this qualification have a high degree of specialist and technical understanding as well as an understanding of the role of finance professionals as public servants.

Since joining CIPFA I have felt welcomed into a supportive team. Our roles are not easy but with the support of CIPFA colleagues and networks I never feel alone. I also really value the technical updates and the website resources.

Nikki Bishop, ACA, CPFA
Joint Chief Finance Officer – Trafford Council & Trafford CCG

Contact us

For more details about our direct route to CIPFA membership, eligibility and help with your application please get in touch: 020 7543 5600,

* Other accountancy institutes, including international bodies, are also recognised, further details are available here.

CIPFA membership for senior finance professionals