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International Public Financial Management

Study for our suite of International Public Financial Management qualifications and get recognised as a member of the global body for public finance and become an expert in professionalising public financial management.

At CIPFA we update our qualifications regularly to reflect developments in managing better finances in the public sector. The CIPFA International Public Financial Management (IPFM) qualifications reflect the evolving environment and challenges faced in managing public finances effectively wherever you are in the world.


The IPFM is comprised of 4 levels and 12 exams:

Certificate in International Public Financial Management

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting

Diploma in International Public Financial Management 

  • Audit and Assurance
  • Public Sector Financial Reporting 
  • Financial Management
  • Business and Change Management

Advanced Diploma in International Public Financial Management

  • Governance, Public Policy and Ethics 
  • Public Finance 
  • Strategy and Policy Development
  • Company Financial Reporting

Strategic level

  • Strategic Public Finance
  • Strategic Case Study

Entry routes

There are various entry routes to the CIPFA IPFM, designed to suit graduates, AATs, fully qualified accountants and senior professionals.

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We also offer exemptions based on previous qualifications of similar level.

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 Practical Experience Portfolio

Successful competition of the IPFM qualifications leads to full Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) status, and provides recognition along the way.

To become a full member of CIPFA students must also complete the paper version of the Practical Experience Portfolio to ensure the relevant experience in public sector finance has been completed.

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For more information about the IPFM qualification please contact the CIPFA Student team at