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CIPFA Exams

CIPFA runs four exam sessions a year to accommodate the needs of our growing student network.

Students can choose to sit their exams at home with the aid of an online invigilator, or at their place of work with a nominated member of staff invigilating their exam.

For further information on sitting your exam with CIPFA, including exam dates, booking deadlines and applying for special arrangements, please follow the guidance outlined below.

Talk to us

Telephone: 020 7543 5600
Email: StudentSupport@cipfa.org


What are online (remote) exams?

To deliver our exams and practice tests, CIPFA have partnered with online assessment platform Calibrand to create CIPFA Assessment.

Students sit their exams at home or their place of work and are invigilated by ProctorU.


How are local exams invigilated?

Local exams are taken on the student's computer and are sat at the student's place of work.

These are invigilated by a member of staff at the student's place of work.


How do I practice?

Practice is the key to exam success. At CIPFA we give our students a unique opportunity to hone your exam skills by using our LIVE exam system with practice tests of exam standard questions.

CIPFA does not publish past exam papers.

Exam dates

Exam dates for the 2021 exam sessions are available for download:

For further dates in the CIPFA calendar, please visit Key Dates.

Book your exam

Online bookings for the June exam session are now closed.

Bookings made after Friday 23 April will be subject to late fees:

Dates Late fees 
23 April - 30 April  £75 
Thereafter £225

2021 exam sessions

Sittings Exam week
June 7 - 11 June
September 6 - 10 September
December 6 - 10 December

Special arrangements

Students with special needs may be eligible for pre-examination adjustments. Special arrangements allow students with learning, physical, social and health needs to sit our exams with reasonable modifications.

Applications for the June exam session are now closed.

Deferrals

Students looking to cancel their exams will have to formally apply for a deferral. CIPFA will only consider deferrals that fall under the following categories:

  • medical
  • bereavement
  • local emergency

Application for the June exam session are now open.

Apply now


Special considerations

If you experienced technical difficulties during your exam, you may wish to apply for special considerations. To apply, please provide a brief overview of the issues you encountered with evidence where possible.

Advance Material 

SCS Advance Material for the June 2021 exams session will be available from Tuesday, 11 May 2021.


Strategic Public Finance (SPF)

Past papers from previous SPF exams are available for download:

SPF March 2020

SPF December 2019

SPF September 2019

Strategic Case Study (SCS)

Past papers from previous SCS exams are available for download:

SCS June 2020

SCS March 2020

SCS December 2019

SCS September 2019

Results days

Exam session Results published 
 March 2021   9 April 2021
 June 2021  16 July 2021
 September 2021  15 October 2021
 December 2021  21 January 2022

Access your results

Your March exam results were published on Friday 09 April.

To view your marks, please select 'My Latest Results' in My Qualification, or click 'Feedback and Results' in CIPFA Assessment (Calibrand).

If you would like to share your results with your employer, you can do so by adding your manager as an exam contact in My Qualification.


Previous exam results

CIPFA no longer provides successful candidates reports.
You can view previous pass rates on the link below:

View our pass rates


Appeals

Appeals for March 2021 results are now closed.

You may appeal against your exam result within 10 working days of receiving your results if you believe:

  • There is evidence of bias, prejudice or discrimination as defined by the UK Equality Act 2010.
  • New evidence exists of extenuating circumstances which, for valid reasons, the student could not disclose to CIPFA in line with the published timetable for special considerations applications.
  • There is evidence of a substantial procedural irregularity with respect to an aspect of the conduct of the exams and/or determination of results.

Appeals based on any other grounds will be rejected.


How to apply

  1. Download and read CIPFA's assessment appeals policy.
  2. Send an email to Head of Student Services requesting to appeal, including details of your case.
  3. Once your case has been approved by the Head of Student Services, you will be asked to download the 'Appeals application form'
  4. Make a payment of £75. Do this by clicking 'Appeal your exam result'.

If you have any questions, please contact studentsupport@cipfa.org


Please confirm that you took each of these precautions prior to sitting your Live Exam:

  • Sat your Live Exam using Google Chrome Browser
  • Ensure that you were using the latest version of Google Chrome
  • Sat and completed the complimentary CIPFA technical test (remote invigilation only)
  • Ensure ProctorU is whitelisted by your internet provider, as instructed in your Candidate Admissions mailing.
  • Specifically for Candidates with TalkTalk and Virgin Media (online invigilation only).

Student regulations

Read our student regulations.

Assessment regulations

Download our assessment regulations.

  Assessment regulations  (docx, 784 KB)

Every year CIPFA recognises our best performing students and celebrates their achievements in a formal ceremony at our Student Conference.

Arthur Collins Memorial Medal 

Is awarded for achieving the highest combined marks in:

  • Strategic Case Study (SCS) 
  • Strategic Public Finance (SPF)

Richard Emmott Memorial Prize

Is awarded for achieving the highest marks in:

  • Strategic Case Study (SCS)

Eric Gilliland Memorial Prize

Is awarded for achieving the highest marks in:

  • Strategic Public Finance (SPF)