Charity finance qualification goes nationwide

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy is making its new qualification in charity finance available to students across the UK from September following a successful trial.

Backed by the Workforce Hub and the Charity Finance Directors Group, the Certificate in Charity Finance and Accountancy has been designed for people already working in charity finance, particularly in small charities, who don’t have a recognised finance or accountancy qualification.

The year-long distance-learning course, run by London South Bank University, will cost less than £2,000. A spokesman from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy said students would be required to attend seminars in their nearest big city “a couple of times”. A traditional class-based course will also be run at London South Bank University’s campus.

Institute chief executive Steve Freer said the qualification would drive up standards of good financial management and governance in the sector. “With many organisations in the sector now taking on roles as public service providers it is vital that taxpayers and donors can have real confidence in the rigour, robustness and professionalism of the arrangements which operate within charities large and small,” he said.

Graduates of the course will become affiliate members of CIPFA and will be able to continue onto LSBU’s advanced MSc in charity finance and accountancy.

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