Micro Modules

Do you need to understand what Net Zero means? Or want to know how to be assertive in a negotiation?


Our micro modules are free of charge and offer quick introductions to a range of topics. Prepared by CIPFA’s subject matter experts, they deliver key information in an easily digestible, online format, plus tips on where to access further information and learning.  


The modules have been designed to fit around busy schedules and can be completed on the go – on trains, over breakfast, or before meetings. To access each one, you will be asked to let us know your name, email address and job role, to help us understand the popular topics and guide what we produce next.

Leadership and personal skills

Building Personal Resilience: how to develop your personal resilience and maintain high levels of energy and engagement in your work life.

Leading Through Change – VUCA – Tips and Techniques: practical tips for leading and managing people in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment. 

Using Assertiveness in Negotiation: how to negotiate in an open, honest and empathetic way and to seek a win/win situation for both parties, where possible. 

Professional skills

Data Presentation - Visual Description or Visual Deception: tips and techniques on how to avoid misleading your audience when presenting data visually. 

Defining the Business Needs Section in a Business Case: how to draft a short, clear business needs statement as a basis for a good business case.

Hot topics

Levelling Up - the Fundamentals: an introduction to levelling up, a key UK government policy with links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PPP/PFI Arrangements and Expiry: an overview of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) covering their history and expiry.

Preventative Investment: what investing in prevention means for the public sector and how it can help to avoid future costs, reduce demand for services and improve financial sustainability. 

Sustainability and climate change

Sustainable Development Goals - the Fundamentals: an introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they act as guiding principles for all public sector organisations.

ESG Reporting - the Fundamentals: an introduction to ESG, or Environmental, Social and Governance – the areas that are increasingly being used by organisations to measure and report on their impact. 

Net Zero - the Fundamentals: an introduction to Net Zero – what it is, what it aims to achieve and the role of the public finance professional. 

Climate Finance - the Fundamentals: an overview of 'climate finance' - what is meant by this term and how it supports action on climate change.

Fraud and risk management

Fraud - the Fundamentals: an introduction to fraud – how it is defined, the different types of fraud and the consequences of fraud for public bodies.

Risk Management - the Fundamentals: an introduction to why risk management is important for public finance professionals and key definitions.

UK local government

Reflecting on the variations of council tax levels in England: why council tax levels in England vary, the impact of these variations and what can be done to reform the situation.


Public Sector Audit - the Fundamentals: an introduction to the general principles of public sector audit as an important link in the chain of accountability. 

Internal vs External Audit: an introduction to the differences and similarities between internal and external audit and how these functions complement each other.

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