Qualifications

CIPFA's accountancy and counter fraud qualifications

Public finance professionals operate in challenging environments with competing stakeholder demands. They must focus not just on the financial bottom line, but the outcomes for the people and communities they serve. As the world's only professional accountancy body exclusively dedicated to public financial management, our accountancy and counter fraud qualifications are world-leaders.

Why choose CIPFA?

We offer our students:

  • an unparalleled foundation in public financial management and a clear pathway to qualifying as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA)
  • technical and professional skills that ensure you are prepared for the workplace
  • flexible training delivery catering to your preferred form of study, whether that be a high level of interaction with classmates and tutors or more independently
  • the option to study our qualifications as levy-funded apprenticeships
  • access to the extensive range of benefits and resources that come with student membership
  • free access to our online Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, offering immediate, anonymous and direct support when needed
  • continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities to complement your learning, throughout your studies and beyond

Our accountancy qualifications

CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification

Our flagship qualification for those aspiring to qualify as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA). It covers strategic public finance, leadership and integration strategies, audit, sustainability and green finance, data analysis, business planning, implementing business change and ethics. Students who have a finance or accountancy related degree, or have passed certain professional body examinations, may be entitled to exemptions.

The CIPFA PAQ is also available as the Level 7 Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship.

We recently updated the qualification syllabus. Find out more about the key changes.

If you began studying before 2022, please access the pre-2022 Professional Qualification (PQ) and International Public Financial Management (IPFM) pages for information on your final module and exam dates.

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

CIPFA is an accredited AAT training provider. This Level 4 qualification equips aspiring accounting technicians with the essential skills needed to work in a range of accounting and finance jobs across the public sector. It is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, or professionals working at team leader level or who are wanting to progress into a technician role.

The Professional Diploma is available as the Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

CIPFA is an accredited AAT training provider. This Level 3 qualification equips aspiring assistant accountants with the essential skills needed to work in a range of accounting and finance jobs across the public sector. It is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting, or professionals at an intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting.

The Advanced Diploma is available as the Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.

Our counter fraud qualification

CIPFA Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship

This Level 4 apprenticeship is the most cost-effective way to access counter fraud training and to boost fraud defences. It delivers comprehensive training to those working in a range of investigative roles. As an approved training provider for the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB), we are able to offer the Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist award in addition to the apprenticeship.

Contact us to find out more

Tel: +44 (0)20 7543 5600
Email: customerservices@cipfa.org