The CIPFA qualification is recognised by the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) and all public sector and many private sector employers. It is the leading public service Accounting qualification.
This course prepares you for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) examinations.
Nottingham Business School is an accredited provider of CIPFA training and has an excellent reputation for preparing candidates for the Institute's exams. This is reflected in the high pass rates achieved and the number of prize winners in recent years.
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Starting: September or February
Course length: 30, 36 or 42 months, part-time
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
Please see the fees and funding page.
There are three stages: Professional Certificate, Professional Diploma and Strategic stage.
Candidates must hold both the Certificate and Diploma stages before they can progress to the Strategic stage.
For details of the current syllabus coverage please visit the CIPFA website.
CIPFA Professional Certificate
- Financial Accounting
Double-entry accounting; ethics; financial statements.
- Management Accounting
Budgeting; costing; decision-making; sustainability.
- Financial Reporting
IFRS; company financial statements; consolidation; interpretation and analysis.
- Audit and Assurance
Audit environment; risk assessment; audit evidence; external and internal audit.
CIPFA Professional Diploma
- Public Finance and Taxation
Public expenditure; revenue and debt; taxation systems; corporation tax; income taxes; VAT.
- Public Sector Financial Reporting
Reporting frameworks; financial statements; performance reporting.
- Governance, Public Policy and Ethics
Reform and regulation; contemporary issues; policy environment; good governance; ethical behaviour.
- Financial Management
Treasury management; investments; financial risk; working capital management.
- Business Strategy
Organisational strategy; environmental analysis; strategic choice; organisational structures; public value.
- Business Management
Procurement; commissioning; quality; performance management; project management; information systems.
- Strategic Leadership
Contemporary approaches; innovation; communication.
- Strategic Financial Management
Strategic decision-making; problem-solving; professional judgement; effective communication; ethical dilemmas.
How do you study?
The Professional Accounting Qualification is a modular day-release course. All stages are supported by CIPFA’s online learning centre and students have the option to attend as many modules as desired.
You will attend one of our day release classes and be taught by an expert in CIPFA tuition. The day release classes and revision courses provide you with relevant course materials and face to face tuition where you will have difficult concepts explained to you as well as the opportunity to raise queries with the module tutor.
The Certificate, Diploma and Strategic stages all incorporate externally assessed examinations, which are sat in June and December. Nottingham Business School is a CIPFA examination centre.
At Nottingham Trent University, we provide first-class learning facilities for our students. The transformed Newton building is the home of Nottingham Business School and marks the next phase in the School’s development. In Newton, students have an abundance of teaching space, a range of lecture theatres of different sizes, and masses of space for social learning. With wireless connection throughout, students will be able to work on their laptops in any part of the building.
The majority of successful candidates go on to achieve senior and top-level roles in public and private sector organisations. Successful completion of this course leads to exemptions on the MSc Public Services Management.
This course does not currently offer placements, but the course content is directly applicable to the workplace.
Please see the how to apply section for more information.
Further entry requirement details
You must be registered with CIPFA, be employed by a CIPFA approved training organisation, and have passed the appropriate previous level or gained exemption from it.
English language requirements
English language entry requirements for courses at Nottingham Business School and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University are available on our website.
How to apply
Applications should be made using the apply online button at the top of the page.
Please note the following information for applicants