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CIPFA Diploma In Commercial Skills


Event summary

The CIPFA Diploma in Commercial Skills will help you to develop a commercial approach to planning, designing and delivering services whilst retaining your public sector ethos.

All CIPFA members are entitled to a 10% discount. Please contact customer services to book:

Tel: 0207 543 5600


08 Sep 2022 09:30
09 Dec 2022 16:00

Standard price

£2,500.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The CIPFA Diploma in Commercial Skills is completed over four to six months, which includes five days of virtual classroom learning and approximately 50 hours of additional work to complete the assessment requirements.

The classroom learning is delivered online. You will be provided a link to join each workshop online. Our trainer will be there to greet you and the other delegates, and we aim to deliver just as we would if everyone was together in a physical training room. For best results we recommend the use of webcams.

Your trainers will be available throughout the programme to provide support, you will have access to recordings of all module presentations and we will arrange online group clinic sessions during the course.

Modules and course dates

  • Strategies for commercialism (two days): 8 and 9 September 2022
  • Marketing a commercial service (one day): 11 October 2022
  • Finance for commercialism (one day): 14 November 2022
  • Implementing a commercial approach (one day): 9 December 2022

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Speaker - Brendan McCarron, Senior Consultant, CIPFA

Brendan is a senior leadership and professional consultant for CIPFA consultancy and training. He leads CIPFA’s CFO Leadership Academy in the UK and for the government of Canada. He is also heavily involved in CIPFA’s finance business partnering work and in change management assignments in the UK and in Europe. Email:, Tel: 07810 547 226.

Speaker - Adrian Priddle

Adrian Priddle

Adrian helps his clients grow their people in the fields of business development and leadership. His passion is for the power of networking and relationships in driving business and people forward, to achieve this Adrian delivers classroom based learning, group and one to one coaching and has published a book of his networking tips ‘Now Network’.

Adrian has worked with FTSE 100 organisations, top-20 professional service firms, top-30 law firms and financial service providers. He also has experience in the manufacturing and leisure sectors and with regulatory bodies.

He gained a fantastic grounding in business, people management and relationship development through his prior career as a senior audit manager with Deloitte. Adrian spent 12 years auditing football clubs, high street retail clients and manufacturers, these ranged from listed organisations through to owner managed businesses.

Speaker - Paul Gillion

Paul Gillion has been training finance to delegates of all levels from both the private and the public sector for the last 20 years. With over a decade of global experience as both an external auditor and a financial controller he brings his subject to life with an engaging and practical approach.

Paul qualified as a chartered accountant, working as an external auditor in England and France on audits of some of Europe’s largest companies. He then moved to work as a financial controller with a FTSE 100 company before becoming a training consultant in 1997.