Member benefits

As a CIPFA member, you’ll advance your career and demonstrate your expertise as part of a global network of public finance specialists. CIPFA has a raft of member benefits and support and development resources to help you through your career.

New Benefits

CIPFA Fellowship
Have you been a member for ten years or more? Become a Fellow of the Institute and join an exclusive cohort of highly experienced public finance professionals. Signal your commitment to public services and enjoy privileged interaction with CIPFA and your peers through enhanced benefits and exclusive events.

An exciting new development that allows UK and international exam-qualified CPFAs to ‘top up’ their PQ qualification through the CIPFA Gateway route, becoming a member of CIMA and CIPFA, and gaining the globally recognised Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

Enhance your management accounting expertise and add another globally-recognised accountancy qualification to your professional recognition.

CPFA to CA Top Up
An opportunity for UK-qualified CPFAs to ‘top up’ their PQ qualification through the ICAS Pathways route, becoming joint members of ICAS and CIPFA, and gaining full Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.

Masters in Public Policy and Management
We’ve negotiated a discount on the University of York’s Masters in Public Policy and Management. This part-time, two-year, online programme is designed to develop your capacity to lead and manage in complex public service environments and to prepare for more strategic roles. More information can be found at the link above. Please email E: to register your interest and enquire about the discounted rate.

Members’ Lounge

An exclusive CIPFA members’ lounge in central London providing free refreshments and WiFi. A perfect place for informal meetings or to relax whilst in London.

CIPFA regions

Our regional branches bring CIPFA activities and services closer to you. Receive support at all stages of your career, by attending free and low cost CPD events, specialist member and networking events.

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CIPFA Student Network

Representing CIPFA students and ensuring that the voice of students is reflected across the Institute. The CIPFA Student Network has active representatives at all levels of governance and provides peer support to registered CIPFA students.

Find out more about the student network >

Public Finance magazine and e-news

News, analysis, opinion and insight to help public finance professionals stay informed about the very broad range of topics affecting their work. Daily by email to your inbox with a print edition delivered to your door ten times across the year.

Sign up to Public Finance news >

Council elections

Full CPFA members are eligible to stand for election to the Institute Council, contribute to ballots for the election of Officers and Council members, vote on Annual General Meeting resolutions and influence high-level decision making.

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Spreadsheet magazine

The free quarterly online magazine, updating you on Institute and membership matters.

View the latest edition of Spreadsheet >

Public Money and Management

The major international, academic and professional journal covering public sector finance, policy and management. Free to access online.

Read PMM for Free >


CIPFA membership gives you free, 24/7 access to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This market-leading, online support tool features over 12,000 CPD resources including videos, checklists, e-learning modules, e-journal articles and much more, including:

Harvard Business Review

Find new ideas and classic advice on strategy, innovation and leadership from the world’s best business and management experts.

CMI learning journeys

Develop skills in subjects such as PRINCE2, Social Value, Governance Structures, Leadership and Role of the Finance Director.

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Technical enquiry service

Specialist technical guidance for CIPFA members and registered students on standards of professional practice, statements of best practice, ethical concerns and related technical enquiries.

Use the technical enquiry service >

Members’ directory

Make direct contact with CIPFA members and search for public finance practitioners across the globe.

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As a CIPFA member, your CIPFA designation is a mark of your professional standing and your role in championing and delivering effective public financial management.  Stand out throughout your career with your CIPFA designation, recognised and respected across the world.

FCPFA – Fellow Chartered Public Finance Accountant

Recognising the contribution and commitment of long-standing CIPFA members.

Find out more about becoming a Fellow >

CPFA – Chartered Public Finance Accountant

Our benchmark designation for full, exam-qualified CIPFA members, or members qualified with other recognised bodies who have extensive public financial management experience.

CIPFA Assoc – CIPFA Associate

Our designation for non-qualified members who have significant experience in public services and have a relevant qualification that demonstrates their commitment to a particular area of expertise.

CIPFA Affil – CIPFA Affiliate

Our designation for members who have completed a designated CIPFA-accredited programme or qualified with other bodies, with relevant public sector experience.

CIPFA Rewards

Providing CIPFA members with a generous range of cost-saving discounts on everything from health clubs, cinema tickets and hotels to indemnity insurance and much more. 

Many of the discounts are designed to save you money on everyday purchases. You can use the online savings calculator to see how much you could save with these special deals.

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Discounted online degrees

CIPFA and Leeds Beckett University have joined forces to offer two discounted courses to CIPFA members, the MSc Accounting top-up, and the MBA Executive.

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Members in Practice AML scheme

All accountancy practices with principals who are a member of CIPFA can take advantage of the opportunity to register with ICAS for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) supervision. Includes free and discounted services.

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Free webinars

Pick up information, hints, tips and knowledge with our free lunch time webinars on a range of topics, and benefit from one hour or one unit of CPD.

View our webinars >

Expertise and insight 

Access the latest technical advice and thought leadership on contemporary UK and international public finance issues, including CIPFA keystone, insight and briefing reports.

Visit CIPFA Thinks >


Connect with global finance professionals and share information and experience at CIPFA’s national and international events.

Find CIPFA events to connect with other professionals >

Public Finance International 

Regular updates on international developments, with CIPFA’s twice-weekly email update.

Sign up to Public Finance International >


Search for a new role or recruit a new team member. CIPFA-Penna specialises in interim and permanent appointments, providing a quality recruitment service which focuses on financial management and corporate services across the public sector.

Find out more about CIPFA Penna >