About us

CIPFA is the only professional accountancy body in the world exclusively dedicated to public finance.

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.

As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world.

We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients.

Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.

Why work for us

A CIPFA chartered public finance qualification puts you at the forefront for top public finance jobs around the globe.

Want a leading finance and accountancy role across the public and private sectors? A CIPFA qualification gives you the industry recognition and skills you need to plan public service delivery and to commission major providers. Chartered Public Finance Accountants work across the globe in a wide range of organisations and are recognised worldwide as public financial management leaders.

CIPFA has been supporting the development of young people into public financial management careers for many years, including running our own programme of bespoke apprenticeship trainee placements, under the CIPFA Accountancy Apprenticeship scheme.

For the past four years, CIPFA has pioneered a trainee placement scheme, where the Institute has directly employed suitable candidates and placed them with organisations for approximately one year whilst they work in a trainee capacity and undertake an AAT Level 4 qualification.

Our partner organisations have contracted with CIPFA for the placement of the trainees as working apprentices within the organisation, with CIPFA acting as the contracted employer of the trainee.

In addition, some employers have chosen to act directly as the employer of any trainees, placing them with CIPFA for their Level 4 training and qualification.

Under the new system, we anticipate that many employers in England will wish to work under this latter model, directly employing any apprentices, in order to leverage funding through the Levy.

We will therefore continue to offer AAT Level 2, 3 and 4 training to support this.

Outside of England, the application of the Levy looks likely to differ, so for those employers who wish to continue with the existing ‘placed’ arrangements, we are more than happy to discuss specific requirements.