Ethics e-Learning Module



This e-learning module offers practical guidance and an insight into how ethics can impact public finance professionals and features important reference materials.

Instructions for CIPFA members and students: to access the e-learning free of charge, please login to the website and complete your purchase using your ‘member role’.

When your purchase is complete, you will find the course waiting for you in CIPFA Learning, our online learning environment (you can find the CIPFA Learning button in the top right corner of the CIPFA website).







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About the e-learning 

As part of CIPFA's commitment to supporting our members, students and the wider public finance profession on ethics, we have developed this short, accessible e-learning module. It features a range of invaluable resources and offers a practical insight into how ethics can impact public finance professionals.

Who is it for?

The e-learning has been developed for CIPFA members and students and refers to the UK public sector, but it will be of interest and value to all public sector finance professionals.

What does it cover?

Using videos, Q&As, case studies and background reading on ethics, the e-learning covers:

  • the five fundamental principles of ethics: integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality, and professional behaviour
  • compliance threats
  • safeguards
  • sources of pressure to breach the fundamental principles
  • key findings from CIPFA’s 2018 ethics survey
  • to what extent you need to be aware of, and prepared for, ethical challenges every day
  • how to check your conduct and report potential violations

Learning outcomes

The e-learning will:

  • enable you to demonstrate that you have addressed professional ethics
  • provide a modern understanding of the principles of ethics
  • provide a practical insight into how ethics can impact public finance professionals
  • signpost you to additional support on ethics from CIPFA
  • give you the confidence to follow the behaviours aligned with the SOPP throughout your career as a finance professional


The e-learning takes around forty minutes to complete.

CPD hours

This e-learning carries one CPD hour. All CIPFA training counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). If you are a CIPFA Chartered Member, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD activity each year as part of maintaining your professional competence and to develop skills and knowledge.

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