Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Membership Benefits

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is the only accountancy body in the world exclusively focused on the public sector. Our strategy is to be the global leader in public financial management and governance in order to make a real difference to the world we live in.

Your career partner

Working in the public sector has always been both challenging and rewarding. But given the myriad of issues the sector is now facing, public finance professionals need a different approach and mind-set if they are to deliver real outcomes for the people and communities they serve.

As a membership body, our members are at the heart of everything we do. We work hard to support our students and members throughout their careers and are committed to helping you add value to your teams and organisations, regardless of which area of public finance you work in.

Member benefits

Your CIPFA designation reflects your professional track record and expertise in public financial management, as well as your contribution to championing excellence in public finance.

Alongside a globally recognised professional designation, your membership provides you with a range of additional benefits, from the latest insight and expertise, to specialist support services including continuing professional development training, peer-to-peer networking and exclusive member resources. For more information see the table below:


Further information

CIPFA Rewards*

Discounts and cashback on food, technology, insurance and wellbeing.

Membership Matters

Our exclusive member newsletter, which features all the latest in CIPFA news, updates and offers.

Public Finance magazine and e-news

News, analysis, opinion and insight to help public finance professionals stay informed about the wide range of topics affecting their work. You can receive daily emails to your inbox and for members residing in the UK, a printed magazine.

Management Direct

ManagementDirect is a comprehensive online management and leadership toolkit provided in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute.

As a CIPFA member you have access 24/7 free of charge to a vast array of resources to support and enhance your career. This also contributes to your CPD, lifelong learning, professional and personal development.

Technical Enquiry Service*

CIPFA's technical enquiry service provides specialist technical guidance to CIPFA members and registered students across the UK. Areas covered include CIPFA’s professional codes (such as the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting and SeRCOP) and other financial reporting, governance and audit issues.

Discounted training

To help equip you with the skills and competencies required for a successful public finance career, as a CIPFA member you receive a 10% discount off many of our training courses. You can access the CIPFA Ethics e-Learning Module free of charge and you will receive 50% off our online Excel training programme.

Regional network*

Our regional branches bring CIPFA activities and services closer to you. Receive support at all stages of your career, by attending free and low cost CPD, networking and social events.

CIPFA Student Network*

CIPFA’s Student Network provides a voice for students, ensuring their interests are represented and supporting ongoing developments within the qualification.

Council Elections

Full CPFA members are eligible to stand for election to the Institute Council, contribute to ballots for the election of Officers and Council members, vote on Annual General Meeting resolutions and influence high-level decision making.

CPFA to CGMA top-up

The CPFA to CGMA is an accelerated entry route for CIPFA members with a CPFA designation. It offers a fast-track route to membership to Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation.

Designated letters

Stand out throughout your career with your CIPFA designation which is recognised and respected across the world:

  • Fellow Chartered Public Finance Accountant (FCPFA): The FCPFA status recognises the contribution and commitment of long-standing CIPFA members. If you have been a member for ten years or more, you can apply to become a Fellow of the Institute and join an exclusive cohort of highly experienced public finance professionals. As a Fellow, you will benefit from enhanced services and exclusive events.
  • Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA): The CPFA is our benchmark designation for full, exam qualified CIPFA members, or members qualified with other recognised bodies who have extensive public financial management experience.
  • CIPFA Associate (CIPFA Assoc): This is our designation for non-qualified members who have significant experience in public services along with a relevant qualification that demonstrates their commitment to a particular area of expertise.
  • CIPFA Affiliate (CIPFA Affil): Our designation for members who have completed a designated CIPFA-accredited programme or qualified with other bodies, with relevant public sector experience.

*Currently only available in the UK.

It is now time to renew your membership

CIPFA membership runs annually from 1st January. You can find full details on how to pay here.

As part of the renewal process please login to MyCIPFAto complete your Annual Membership Statement, to ensure you gain the maximum benefit from your membership.

Other useful information

For additional information on your membership please see:

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