CIPFA June 2020 Exams

In line with government guidelines around COVID-19, students who are currently expecting to sit a CIPFA exam in June 2020 will be able to take their online exam remotely. Students will able to take exams at home or can choose a private setting other than their home – but no exams will be offered either at workplaces or CIPFA venues.

Making our exams remote eliminates the need for students to attend an external venue. We hope the new arrangements will alleviate students’ concerns about the risk of delays to their studies as a result of COVID-19.

The remote exams will be supervised by an online invigilator through ProctorU. Exams will be monitored through the computer’s webcam and microphone. Exam times have to be booked in advance by students. Every student will be required to produce photo identification before they start the exam.

Students will also be able to check in advance whether their laptop can access the ProctorU app. We will provide two technical tests to every registered student to test the system. If students are still experiencing technical difficulties, they will be able to defer their exam to September 2020. 

Full details of how CIPFA online exams work are available at

Talk to us: Call us on 020 7543 5600 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this arrangement include the Strategic Case Study exam?

Yes. Candidates taking the Strategic Case Study exam will be contacted with details of the SCS exam arrangements for June 2020.

What if I have already booked my exam at my workplace or CIPFA venue?

Students who have already booked their exams will be automatically swapped onto ProctorU. If this is not possible, existing bookings can be deferred to the September session.

How and when can I test ProctorU?

We will provide two technical tests ahead of the exam to allow students to test their equipment and system settings against ProctorU. The first test exam will be available on 1 May 2020. Students should schedule their test exams via the CIPFA Assessment platform. These tests will last 10 minutes and will be invigilated remotely. This test will allow students to replicate exam conditions and ensure that the live exam goes smoothly.

What are online (remote) exams?

To deliver our exams and practice tests, CIPFA have partnered with online assessment platform Calibrand to create CIPFA Assessment.

Students sit their exams at home or their place of work and are invigilated by ProctorU.

How are local exams invigilated?

Local exams are taken on the student's computer and are sat at the student's place of work.

These are invigilated by a member of staff at the student's place of work.

How do I practice?

Practice is the key to exam success. At CIPFA we give our students a unique opportunity to hone your exam skills by using our LIVE exam system with practice tests of exam standard questions.

CIPFA does not publish past exam papers.

Exam dates

Exam dates for the 2020 academic year are now available for download.

For further dates in the CIPFA calendar, please visit Key Dates.

June exam bookings

Online bookings for the June exams session are now closed.

We are unable to accept late entries to this session. 

2020 exam sessions

Sittings Exam week
June 01 - 05 June
September 07 - 11 September
December 30 November - 04 December

Special arrangements

Students with special needs may be eligible for pre-examination adjustments.

Special arrangements allow students with learning, physical, social and health needs to sit our exams with reasonable modifications.

Applications for the June exams session are now closed.


Students looking to cancel their exams will have to formally apply for a deferral. CIPFA will only consider deferrals that fall under the following categories:

  • medical
  • bereavement
  • local emergency.

To apply for a deferral, please click here.

Deferrals in light of COVID-19

In line with government guidelines around COVID-19, students expecting to sit a CIPFA exam in June will have to sit their exam online with remote invigilation service ProctorU.

In May, we will provide two technical tests to every registered student to test the ProctorU app. If students experience technical difficulties, they can defer to the September exams session. When applying for a deferral, these students should select local emergency.

Apply now  

Special considerations

If you experienced extenuating circumstances during your exam, you may be entitled to special considerations.

Apply now  

Strategic Case Study: Advance Material

Advance Material for the June 2020 exams session is now available for download:

  SCS: Advance Material  (pdf, 169 KB)

Strategic Public Finance (SPF)

Past papers from previous SPF exams are available for download:

SPF March 2020

SPF December 2019

SPF September 2019

SPF June 2019

Strategic Case Study (SCS)

Past papers from previous SCS exams are available for download:

SCS March 2020

SCS December 2019

SCS September 2019

SCS June 2019

Results days

Exam session Results published 
June 2020 10 July 2020
September 2020 16 October 2020
December 2020 15 January 2021

Access your results

Your exam results will be published on Friday 10 July

To view your marks, please select My Latest Results in My Qualification, or click Feedback & Results in CIPFA Assessment (Calibrand)

If you would like to share your results with your employer, you can do so by adding your manager as an Exam Contact in My Qualification.

Previous exam results

View our pass rates

Download our successful candidates report from the December 2019 exams session:


You may appeal against your exam result within 10 working days of receiving your results if you believe: 

  • There is evidence of bias, prejudice or discrimination as defined by the UK Equality Act 2010. 
  • New evidence exists of extenuating circumstances which, for valid reasons, the student could not disclose to CIPFA in line with the published timetable for special considerations applications. 
  • There is evidence of a substantial procedural irregularity with respect to an aspect of the conduct of the exams and/or determination of results. 

Appeals based on any other grounds will be rejected.

How to apply

  1. Download and read CIPFA's 'assessment appeals policy'.
  2. Send an email to Head of Student Services requesting to appeal, including details of your case.
  3. Once your case has been approved by the Head of Student Services, you will be asked to download the 'Appeals application form' and;
  4. Make a payment of £75. Do this by clicking 'Appeal your exam result'.

If you have any questions, please contact

Please confirm that you took each of these precautions prior to sitting your Live Exam:

  • Sat your Live Exam using Google Chrome Browser
  • Ensure that you were using the latest version of Google Chrome
  • Sat and completed the complimentary CIPFA technical test (remote invigilation only)
  • Ensure ProctorU is whitelisted by your internet provider, as instructed in your Candidate Admissions mailing.
  • Specifically for Candidates with TalkTalk and Virgin Media (remote invigilation only).

Student regulations

Read our student regulations.

Assessment regulations

Download our assessment regulations.

  Assessment regulations  (docx, 784 KB)

Every year CIPFA recognises our best performing students and celebrates their achievements in a formal ceremony at our Student Conference.

Arthur Collins Memorial Medal 

Is awarded for achieving the highest combined marks in:

  • Strategic Case Study (SCS) 
  • Strategic Public Finance (SPF)

Richard Emmott Memorial Prize

Is awarded for achieving the highest marks in:

  • Strategic Case Study (SCS)

Eric Gilliland Memorial Prize

Is awarded for achieving the highest marks in:

  • Strategic Public Finance (SPF)