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1 CIPFA key facts A handy at a glance guide

2 Being a CPFA has meant I ve stood out from the crowd, and I m proud to have a qualification that represents integrity, professionalism and above all, dedication to public finance. Judith Savage CPFA Finance Partner Newcastle City Council CIPFA member since CIPFA key facts CIPFA Global expertise in public financial management 5

3 introduction CIPFA Key Facts outlines and summarises: < < Our member offer < < Qualifications < < Routes to membership < < Products and services. It is intended as a handy guide, to enable you to communicate with confidence and knowledge with our customers and stakeholders. This will help us to continue our successful journey as the experts in public services finance. CIPFA key facts 3

4 who is CIPFA? CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) is the only accountancy body that focuses on finance within public services globally. Global NGOs Leisure Education Public Audit Agencies Healthcare Environment Defence Local Government Major Accountancy Firms Transport 4 CIPFA key facts

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6 how CIPFA supports public services Public sector policy < < CIPFA influences and defines UK wide public service policy. We set and support professional, technical and ethical accounting standards. We have strategic partnerships with professional bodies, firms and Government. Education and CPD < < CIPFA is the gold standard for public finance professionals. We train the finance managers of the future through the CIPFA Professional Qualification, global qualifications and our Continuing Professional Development programmes. Business and advisory services < < CIPFA s business subsidiary generates 18m+ through: - exhibition and sponsorship - recruitment services - property services - networks and asset management - information, statistical and research services - open and in house training - advisory services and publications 6 CIPFA key facts

7 speaker profiles I ve been a member of CIPFA for 23 years and have a strong sense of pride in belonging to the world s leading accountancy body for public services. Kevin Bartle CPFA Assistant Director for Finance and Chief Financial Officer London Borough of Haringey Council CIPFA Member since 1991 CIPFA key facts 7 CIPFA Global expertise in public financial management 11

8 our partners and stakeholders include < < Government and public services < < International accountancy and finance bodies < < IT and software providers < < Accountancy firms < < Audit bodies < < Financial services < < Voluntary organisations < < Age Concern UK < < British Library < < Cabinet Office < < Capita < < Department of Education < < Her Majesty s Government < < Job Centre Plus < < London Borough of Hackney < < Nursing and Midwifery Council < < Office of Fair Trading < < Ofsted < < UK Trade and Investment < < UNICEF 8 CIPFA key facts

9 CIPFA s PQ syllabus is providing me with a solid grasp of finance in the context of public services, as well as increasing my professional knowledge base and skills. Precious Akinmoju CIPFA Student and Trainee Accountant Home Office CIPFA key facts 9 CIPFA Global expertise in public financial management 7

10 our professional qualification The CIPFA Professional Qualification develops competencies that are central to the four main roles that finance professionals perform in modern organisations. The role of Steward is prominent in the modules that make up the Professional Certificate, with the roles of Enabler and Innovator and Business Partner more evident in the Professional Diploma stage. As well as technical and behavioural competences, the CIPFA Professional Qualification develops future leaders and the role of Leader is central to the Strategic stage. Steward Enabler & Innovator Business Partner Leader The qualification has three stages: < < Professional Certificate < < Professional Diploma < < Strategic Level Students must complete all three levels to become CPFA qualified. Study is flexible and students can choose from: < < Classroom-based learning < < Online learning < < Distance learning 10 CIPFA key facts

11 The CIPFA Professional Qualification can take between six months to three years to complete, depending on existing qualifications and experience. Minimum entry requirements < < Level 3 NVQ or GNVQ, or Scottish equivalent < < GCSEs & A levels Minimum requirement is three GCSE passes A-C and two A-level passes from A-C (including Maths and English) Entry routes, exemptions and membership awards < < Graduates from a range of disciplines < < AAT qualified < < Part qualified accountant < < Fully qualified accountant from recognised professional accountancy bodies e.g. ACCA, CIMA etc. < < Chartered internal auditor (IIA) < < Senior finance professional who doesn t hold a professional accountancy qualification < < Bye law 5 membership for nominated accountants qualified with other bodies and of good standing within the sector < < Bye law 6 honorary membership for nominated professionals of good standing within the sector. CIPFA key facts 11

12 professional qualification We are launching a new and improved Professional Qualification in 2015 Based around four competency levels: Steward, Enabler & Innovator, Business Partner and Leader, the new PQ will: < Increase the focus on the wide range of commercial skills such as commissioning, contract negotiation, financial modelling, financial instruments, partnership working needed by UK public finance practitioners < Provide greater portability between the public and private sectors < Have more entry routes for holders from other qualifications and experienced professionals < Enhance the Practical Experience Portfolio (PEP) by placing greater emphasis on the role of the employer < Enable greater flexibility around blended and online learning options. 12 CIPFA key facts

13 membership Student membership < < All students taking the qualification have a student membership < < Once all stages of the Professional Qualification and Practical Experience Portfolio (PEP) have been completed they can apply for full membership and CPFA status < < Membership is renewed on an annual basis. Includes a wealth of resources and support < < A robust Continuing Professional Development scheme < < Access to Management Direct an online support tool covering e-learning modules, checklists, e-journal articles, books < < Masterclasses insight across a range of topics < < Technical enquiry service our team of experts are on hand to help answer your questions < < Practice assurance scheme a framework of quality assurance principles to help members assess and develop their practices < < A wealth of expertise through access to our publications including Public Finance, Spreadsheet, Public Money & Management, research reports, papers and journals < < A range of discounts on professional, social and lifestyle items including insurance, holidays, eating out and days out < < An improved network Regional Events, Panels, CIPFA Student Network, CIPFA conference and meeting room hire, and access to a members directory. CIPFA key facts 13

14 business and advisory services Training & developing people CIPFA provides full professional development and technical training provision for all teams and individuals within public sector finance. Including: < < Commercial skills < < In house & open courses < < Board development and support < < E-learning < < Future Leaders Academy. CIPFA Recruitment Services < < Permanent and interim appointments in finance and corporate services < < Place over 9000 interim days a year. Networks < < 12 professional communities of practice < < Topical training and updates < < Expert technical support and newsletters < < Includes Better Governance, Finance Advisory, Health and Social Care, Housing, Insurance Pensions, Police, Procurement and Commissioning. 14 CIPFA key facts

15 Information services < < CIPFA publications: an extensive back catalogue of titles, with around 25 new publications produced each year, available online in digital format as well as hard copy < < TISonline: online information resource for guidance and best practice on public sector financial management. < < CIPFAstats: leading independent source of local government data < < Benchmarking clubs supported by CIPFA expertise to share information and identify how costs and performance compare < < Research: using a range of methods including surveys, face to face interviews and desk research Advisory services < < Consulting and advisory services to support transformation and improve performance < < Financial management and governance assessment and improvement. Advisory services < < Consulting and advisory services to support transformation and improve performance < < Financial management and governance assessment and improvement. Property services < < Condition surveys < < Consultancy and advice < < Networks and training < < Asset management software. CIPFA key facts 15

16 new business services launched in 2014 CIPFA are always innovating new products to keep us at the cutting edge of public financial management. Governance Mark of Excellence < Independent and professionally awarded standard that accredits public sector organisations that put good governance at the centre of their organisation < Developed in line with the IFAC Governance principles. CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre A global centre of excellence on counter fraud, covering all public services, offering: < Best practice guidance < Accredited Training < Fighting Fraud Locally (FFL) < Toolkits CIPFA will lead on the new Local Government Strategy, host the FFL Board and take over Audit Commission Counter Fraud Tools from April CIPFA Academies Hub A central resource portal for the academies sector offering advice, training and guidance for best practice to support the good governance and financial stewardship of schools. Board Intelligence < A Board Reporting App for public services < Create & publish your board pack in minutes < Read, search & annotate a digital library of board papers. 16 CIPFA key facts

17 Ranjit Solomon CPFA Principal Accountant to the Chief Executive London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council CIPFA Member member since 2011 Being a member of CIPFA means I have my finger firmly on the pulse of public services finance. CIPFA key facts 17 The global experts in public financial management CIPFA 3

18 nal n for er on. For more information about CIPFA, our Professional Qualification or any of our services, please contact: E: T: M: CIPFA key facts

19 CIPFA Global expertise in public financial management 13 CIPFA embodies leadership, integrity and professionalism. These attributes have provided me with the foundation to pursue a varied and exciting career working with local authorities and government departments in the UK and overseas. Donna Herdsman Donna CPFA Herdsman CPFA Director Director UK Public Sector UK Public Sector Hewlett Packard Hewlett Packard CIPFA Member since: 2009 CIPFA Member since 1988 CIPFA key facts 19

20 speaker profiles Registered office: 3 Robert Street, London WC2N 6RL T: +44 (0) F: +44 (0) From 1 January 2015: 77 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN T: +44 (0) F: +44 (0) The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Registered with the Charity Commissioners of England and Wales No CIPFA key facts

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