Member benefits

At CIPFA, our members are at the heart of everything we do. It’s our aim to support you throughout your public finance career, offering the services and solutions that reflect your needs at every stage of your professional development and career. 

As a CIPFA member you can access a range of services from the latest insight and expertise, to specialist support including CPD training, peer-to-peer networking and exclusive member resources. 

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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 printed magazine delivered ten times a year to members resident in the UK.

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Public Finance Focus

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

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Spreadsheet magazine

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

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Public Money and Management

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

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Access to a wide range of information and resources from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This online support tool features over 12,000 CPD resources including videos, checklists, e-learning modules and e-journal articles to improve management and leadership skills and support your career development.

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Discounted Training

Members are entitled to 10% off many of CIPFA’s CPD qualifications. Structured training is one of the many ways to contribute to your learning and development and our qualifications, short courses and introductory workshops are ideal for keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date.

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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.

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Members' directory

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

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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.

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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.

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Recruitment Services

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.

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Excel Training

Our new Excel training course is a bespoke online resource for both complete beginners and those at an advanced level, with the course being tailored to your particular needs. CIPFA members receive an exclusive 50% discount.

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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, networking and social 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.

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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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CIPFA Rewards

Providing CIPFA members with a generous range of cost-saving discounts for personal or business use 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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Connect with global finance professionals and share information and experience at CIPFA’s national and international events.

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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.


UK and international exam-qualified CPFAs can '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.

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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.

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Membership Matters

Get access to our exclusive members' newsletter, which features all the latest in CIPFA news, updates and offers. 

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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

The FCPFA status recognises the contribution and commitment of long-standing CIPFA members. If you have been a member for ten years or more, you can apply to become a Fellow of the Institute and join an exclusive cohort of highly experienced public finance professionals. In addition you can benefit from enhanced services and exclusive events.

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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.