Certificate in Public Financial Management (Cert PFM)

The Cert PFM includes both an online course and an assessment. The online course includes all the study materials you will need.

If you already have a strong grounding in public financial management and want formal recognition of your skills, you can just take the online Cert PFM assessment. Likewise, if you do not need certification, but want extra knowledge in the field, you can choose the course only.

Registration

You can apply for the Cert PFM at any time.

The Cert PFM is available from December 2019. Pre-orders are available and there will be an early bird discount for those who place an order before the official launch of CertPFM; i.e. between 19 August 2019 and 30 November 2019 inclusive.

When you complete registration, you’ll get access to the online course and assessment for six months. Typically, candidates should take around 40 hours to work through the course.

The certificate is assessed by a one hour exam with multiple-choice questions. There are 25 multiple-choice questions based on the syllabus. The candidate is required to answer 13 questions correctly.

The fee covers three attempts to take the assessment. These must be taken within six months of accessing the online course. If candidates don’t pass after three attempts, another registration fee is required to make further attempts.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

As the Certificate in Public Financial Management takes approximately 40 hours to complete, it could count towards almost a whole year’s worth of CPD for our members. For more information on CPD for members please see the CPD for members area of our website.