CIPFA Diploma in Commercial Skills


Event summary

The CIPFA Diploma in Commercial Skills will help you to develop a commercial approach to planning, designing and delivering services whilst retaining your public sector ethos.

All CIPFA members are entitled to a 10% discount. Please contact customer services to book:

Tel: 0207 543 5600


24 Sep 2024 09:30
23 Jan 2025 16:00


Virtual Classrooms

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£2,750.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The CIPFA Diploma in Commercial Skills is completed over four to six months, which includes five days of virtual classroom learning and approximately 50 hours of additional work to complete the assessment requirements.

The classroom learning is delivered online. You will be provided a link to join each workshop online. Our trainer will be there to greet you and the other delegates, and we aim to deliver just as we would if everyone was together in a physical training room. For best results we recommend the use of webcams.

Your trainers will be available throughout the programme to provide support, you will have access to recordings of all module presentations and we will arrange online group clinic sessions during the course.

Modules and course dates

  • Strategies for commercialism (two days): 24 & 25 September 2024
  • Marketing a commercial service (one day):28 October 2024
  • Finance for a commercial service (one day):18 November 2024
  • Implementing a commercial approach (one day): 23 January 2025

CPD hours



  • Commercialisation

Speaker - Brendan McCarron, Senior Consultant, CIPFA

Brendan is a senior leadership and professional consultant for CIPFA consultancy and training. He leads CIPFA’s CFO Leadership Academy in the UK and for the government of Canada. He is also heavily involved in CIPFA’s finance business partnering work and in change management assignments in the UK and in Europe. Email:, Tel: 07810 547 226.

Speaker - Gareth Batterbee

Gareth is a Facilitator and Coach with over 15 years of experience training across private and public sector around the world. He specialises in finance and interpersonal skills training, helping individuals and teams to improve their communication and the effectiveness of their teams and organisations. He enjoys demystifying finance and helping people to understand how financial awareness is vital for every business decision.

He has delivered finance training for non-finance professionals with a number of central and local government organisations and across a range of private sector industries. Gareth was a senior audit manager with Deloitte and brings this commercial awareness to all of his training delivery.

Speaker - Paul Gillion

Paul Gillion has been training finance to delegates of all levels from both the private and the public sector for the last 20 years. With over a decade of global experience as both an external auditor and a financial controller he brings his subject to life with an engaging and practical approach.

Paul qualified as a chartered accountant, working as an external auditor in England and France on audits of some of Europe’s largest companies. He then moved to work as a financial controller with a FTSE 100 company before becoming a training consultant in 1997.

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