CIPFA PQ training and apprenticeships for employers


We have made considerable improvements to the way we deliver training for the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PQ). 

With the launch of CIPFA Learning  our virtual learning environment, our students and employer partners can benefit from a more integrated experience, providing greater flexibility and choice from the CIPFA Education and Training Centre (CETC), and improved reporting to employers, through our employer portal.

In the UK, the Apprenticeship Levy is driving change and creating new opportunities around the delivery and funding of accountancy training. 

Underpinning all this, our core syllabus remains unchanged – still offering the best educational foundation for developing the next generation of public finance professionals and leaders.

The CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PQ)


The only professional accountancy qualification that truly delivers the wide range of technical, behavioural and commercial skills expected of a modern public finance professional

Our syllabus, case studies and practical experience portfolio (PEP) scored highest in relevance, across the board, when compared to three other leading accountancy institutes.


Bespoke learning packages built around you and your organisation

We can custom design a study and assessment plan to suit your needs, incorporating face-to-face, online and distance learning.


CIPFA creates experts who add value to your organisation from day one

Our syllabus is designed to ensure that students rapidly acquire key financial skills that can be easily applied in the context of your business – giving you an immediate return on your investment.


Talented, motivated staff that are committed to improving public services

80% of CIPFA students choose to remain in the public sector after qualifying. 72% of CIPFA members work at management level or above.


Comprehensive training with exemplary pass rates, money well spent

Your staff will gain technical accountancy, business management and strategy and leadership skills – helping to reduce the requirement for further training in these areas.

Minimum requirements

  • Three GCSEs (grades A-C) and two A-levels (grade A-C), or the Scottish or Republic of Ireland equivalents. Subjects must include mathematics and English at either level.
  • ­BTEC and SCOTVEC national certificates are also accepted.
  • The minimum vocational requirement is NVQ/GNVQ level 3, or Scottish equivalent.
  • ­If your staff do not meet the academic requirements above, they can still become a CIPFA student if they are 21 or over and have over three years’ relevant work experience.

There are a range of alternative entry routes for AATs, fully qualified accountants and senior professionals.

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We also offer exemptions based on previous qualifications of similar level.

Exemptions are granted on a paper-by-paper basis.

All exemption information listed is indicative, based on the modules usually studied as part of the degree in question. All exemption applications must be accompanied by full transcripts. No exemptions are guaranteed until CIPFA have reviewed transcripts to ensure sufficient syllabus coverage.

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Other Benefits 

With CIPFA membership, your staff gain:

  • Chartered accountancy status and the globally-recognised CPFA designation
  • Global networking opportunities with public finance leaders
  • Technical help from industry experts
  • Public finance CPD support and resources
  • Outstanding member-only technical resources
  • Contact with industry peers at events
  • Conference and sector updates

Professional Certificate:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Company Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance 

Professional Diploma:

  • Business and Change Management
  • Corporate Governance and Law
  • Financial Management
  • Public Service Financial Reporting
  • Strategy and Policy Development
  • Taxation

Strategic stage:

  • Strategic Public Finance
  • Strategic Case Study
On completion of these levels and submitting the CIPFA Portfolio, trainees will gain the CIPFA qualification, full membership to CIPFA and Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) designation.