Key dates

Find all the key dates in the student calendar to book your exams, apply for exemptions, enrol on courses and all other student events.

Register as a student

If you are a new student, you will need to register as a student before you are able to book exams.

Apply for exemptions

If you think you are eligible for exemptions first check the exemption matrix. Then send your documents to for verification. Once approved we will send you instructions how to apply and pay for your exemptions.

*Exemption applications can take up to four weeks for approval – apply for them early!*

  • When: before exams
  • Where: head to our Exemptions page

Enrol on a course

Enrol on face-to-face, web classes or self-study packages with CETC

  • When: Enrolments for courses open in January 2019
  • Where: Purchase courses from our CETC page

Book your exams

Exams are booked separately from tuition.

  • Apply for special arrangements if you require special arrangements e.g. additional time, during exams.
  • Apply for special considerations if something happens immediately prior to your exams or on the day of the exam itself. (Approved applications are sent to the CIPFA Examination Panel).

Note: strategic exams are only available for June, September and December sittings.

  • When: (see below)
 Exam sitting  Booking dates
11 - 31 January 2019
11 March - 30 April 2019
 September 12 - 31 July 2019
 December 09 September - 31 October 2019

  • Where: Book exams from our Exams page
Note: late fees are charged for bookings after the booking deadline. View our Exams page for charges.

Strategic Case Study advance material

Advance Strategic Case Study materials will be published to our exams page a month before your exam:

Exam sitting  Release date
March  N/A
June  May 2019
September  August 2019
December   November 2019

Candidate admission emails

Details of your purchased exam and further information on making final arrangements.

 Exam sitting  Dates
 22 February 2019
 20 May 2019
 September  19 August 2019
 December  18 November 2019