Accelerated Route to become CIPFA qualified

The accelerated route programme is exclusively designed for those in senior finance roles with substantial strategic and financial management responsibilities, who don’t yet hold a professional accountancy qualification.

This intensive and highly rewarding fast track route enables you to study the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PQ) in just two years.

What will you gain?

  • The professional qualification recognised globally as the gold standard in public financial management
  • A fast track to become CIPFA qualified in just two years
  • Recognition of your professional credentials with the CPFA designation
  • Immediate impact in your current role apply technical, strategic and leadership skills
  • CIPFA membership – offering access to a wealth of professional resources and expertise including free or discounted training towards your CPD
  • Networking with your senior professional peer group across public sector organisations
  • A supportive study route and guidance from experienced tutors – all of whom are professionally qualified.

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"The Accelerated Route to CIPFA’s Professional Accountancy Qualification is pertinent for public service leadership. The fast-track programme is demanding but extremely rewarding. The benefits are substantial, covering topics I wasn’t expecting such as the legal system, commissioning, risk and strategy – all of which were directly relevant to matters that I was advising on in my day job. I also learnt a great deal from other peers on the programme and the connections developed have helped. We had different motivations for being on the programme – mine was that I’ve really enjoyed finance roles but wasn’t qualified. In hindsight, it would have been good for me to have secured the CIPFA qualification earlier in my career, but it is never too late!"

Justin Vetta, Head of Better Regulation Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government