CIPFA and Rutgers University 

CIPFA and Rutgers Business School, part of Rutgers University in the USA, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a pathway for graduates of Rutgers' Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting (Rutgers program) to qualify with CIPFA as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA). The first intake for this new program will be September 2019.

Current students and alumni of the Rutgers program will have access to the full range of CIPFA member services, including webcasts and training videos, access to special events, and international networking opportunities. Once they are a CPFA, CIPFA will support graduates in their on-going professional development throughout their career in public finance.   

Additional information

The ‘CIPFA pathway’ opens in September 2019, and CIPFA is now taking expressions of interest from those who have already completed or are about to complete their Rutgers Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting Program.

To complete the CIPFA pathway, Rutgers program graduates will be required to work through two e-learning modules and a case study, concluding with an examination. All the pathway elements are delivered online through CIPFA’s own online platform, making it accessible to individuals wherever they may be located.


Fact sheet and FAQ's (PDF 9MB)

Press release for more information

Register your interest

Rutgers website and Masters programme

myth vs fact

 Accountancy is a solitary role, dealing with only numbers
  You could be managing a team, working across a range of departments with external clients.
   Public service pay is low
   Starting salaries range from £18,000 to £30,000.  Two years after qualifying, you could earn between £32,000 and £65,000.  Senior level post holders can earn upwards of £80,000.
   There is a lack of career progression
 Public accountants can progress quickly and move across to the private sector.
   Jobs are insecure and hard to find
   Recruitment in public and not-for-profit sectors is buoyant, according to Hays.
   These are no bonuses or added benefits
   Public sector organisations have great benefits packages including: public services pension, bonuses, health insurance and excellent annual leave.

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