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To study the Professional Qualification, you must meet the minimum entry requirements below.
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The minimum requirements for studying CIPFA's Professional Qualification are as follows:
If you do not meet the academic requirements, you can still study if you are 21 or over and have your employer’s support and more than three years' relevant work experience.
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Read our member case studies to learn more about different types of finance careers across the public sector.
Find out what attracted our members to public finance, how CIPFA supports them in their careers and what CIPFA means to them.
Strategic Business Partner
Metropolitan Police Service
“CIPFA members are really supportive. I have over the time had lots of support from more senior staff who I am sure are very busy doing their day job but took the time to advise and that has been a real help.”
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
‘The CIPFA qualification is providing me with the comprehensive accounting skills to become a successful public finance accountant’.
Partner – Lead for England & Wales Local Public Services
EY (Ernst & Young LLP)