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CIPFA Education and Training Centre (CETC)

The CIPFA Education and Training Centre (CETC) is the only training provider to specialise specifically in public financial management. We are known for our expert tuition of the CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA PQ) syllabus to students across seven locations in the UK.

We offer a supportive and extensive training provision through our qualified tutors, who use their specialised knowledge to deliver high quality training within a public sector context.

Our virtual learning environment ‘CIPFA Learning’, enables trainees to learn face-to-face and through live web classes – offering flexibility, convenience and an integrated learning experience to meet the needs of modern finance professionals.

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Current University Students

Increase your employment chances with a year's free CIPFA membership if you're at university. Membership gives you access to top public finance graduate job opportunities.

As part of CIPFA’s membership network, you’ll have direct contact with finance professionals and the industry’s best employers. CIPFA has internship opportunities if you want to study the Professional Qualification and get work experience. Boost your CV and LinkedIn profile by adding CIPFA membership!


All graduates can study for our Professional Qualifications in Accounting and Audit. 

A relevant finance or accountancy degree may give you exemptions from some CIPFA papers.

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Register as a CIPFA student for:

  • Access to top finance employers
  • Contact with industry professionals
  • Access to our global public finance network
  • Entry to courses and events
  • Event and news updates
  • Revision and study aids
  • Outstanding CPD tools
  • Discounts and NUS card rewards


Prepare for IPSAS with a finance and accountancy qualification that demonstrates both your in-depth knowledge of IPSAS and ability to implement standards in real environments.

Certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies

CIPFA AuditThis unique qualification teaches you the expertise and skills you need for a key role in the fast-growing area of academy financial management. You will learn how to manage complex and specialised public-private finance in education - one of the newest, most important and topical public service areas.

Accelerated route for senior finance professionals

Senior executives in roles with significant financial responsibilities can take our accelerated route to the CIPFA professional accounting qualification in two years.  

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With CIPFA membership, you gain:

  • Chartered accountancy status and the globally-recognised CPFA designation
  • Global networking opportunities with public finance leaders
  • Technical help from industry experts
  • Public finance CPD support and resources
  • Outstanding member-only technical resources
  • Contact with industry peers at events
  • Conference and sector updates