Finance and accountancy training for UN employees:

CIPFA's International Public Financial Management programme

CIPFA and the UN have worked together since 2013. As part of its commitment to professionalising its finance function and improving its financial management performance, the UN has to date nominated over 1,600 staff from across 18 agencies to take part in our IPFM programme.

The programme – the only specialist qualification in the world focused on public service finance – aims to update the development needs, skills, competency, education and experience of UN finance staff. It creates a class standard in financial skills development and prepares individuals for taking on the roles of future finance managers and leaders.

As a CIPFA programme, it also provides participants who complete the requirements of the programme with a comprehensive and internationally recognised certification in the technical competencies needed for different roles, duties and degrees of seniority at the UN.

Student Information

Apply for exemptions

New students looking to gain exemptions ahead of the Spring 2020 semester must submit their applications to UN Support by Monday 2 March 2020.

Students may qualify for exemptions if they have achieved a relevant qualification in the last decade from an institute of higher learning, or hold an active membership from a professional awarding body. Not all of our UN partners permit exemptions, so do check with your organisation before applying.

To apply, please forward copies of your certificates, transcripts and syllabuses to Applications that fail to provide all three will be rejected.

Register as a student

New students will need to register as student members and must use their work email when signing up.

By signing up, students agree to the International Code of Conduct and CIPFA's membership regulations.

Register as a student   

Read CIPFA's membership regulations

Enrol on a class

Students looking to sit their exams in June will be able to book on to courses from January 2020.

Once purchased, students can enrol on their chosen course up to three times (against the semesters of their choosing). 

Students looking to re-sit their exams in March may be entitled to our Re-sit Revision Package

To register your interest for either of these courses, please contact

Web Class Timetable (Spring 2020)

Resit Revision Package (March 2020)

Book your exam

Exam bookings for our March session will open on Tuesday 17 December. These exams can be cancelled up until Friday 31 January.

After this time, students will have to formally apply for a deferral.

To register your interest, please contact

2019 Exam Dates 2020 Exam Dates