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. Click on the module you are interested in the list below to access.

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.

Outsourcing vs Insourcing: an introduction to both the advantages and disadvantages to insourcing and outsourcing to an organisation.

Competitive Advantage - VIRIO: The VRIO Framework is a tool to evaluate resources and capabilities in order to determine what type of competitive advantage, if any, each resource and capability brings.

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.

Managing a hybrid-working team: practical tips and techniques on how to manage staff members through a blend of home and office working.

Coaching Skills for Managers: how do we define coaching and what is its practical application? An introductory guide to coaching and how it is applied.

Managing an intergenerational team: a multi-generational workforce poses both incredible challenges and wonderful advantages. This is a practical guide to combining the best of all worlds.

The value of "constructive" conflict: Conflict is not always a bad thing, and handled well, can have a positive impact on business performance. This module is about helping managers invite the positive aspects of conflict.

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 Concepts: an introduction to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance.

ESG Reporting: a practical guide to reporting on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance.

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.

Data and digital

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

Business cases and investment

Business Cases: how to draft a short, clear business needs statement as a basis for a good business case.

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.


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.

Mandates of Supreme Audit Institutions: a guide to SAIs and their critical role in holding leaders to account and preventing and detecting corruption.

Materiality in Public Sector Audit: an overview of assessing materiality in audit and the impact it has on audit.

Roles and Responsibilities of Internal Auditors: an introduction to how internal auditors maintain and enhance organisational value, where value relates to financial and nonfinancial factors.

Internal Audit: a practical guide to internal audit and its function within and organisation

Asset Management

IFRS-16 - The Fundamentals: a guide to the new international accounting standard and how it fundamentally changes the way leased assets are accounted for.

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.

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