Many public finance accountants qualify with The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA). You'll need to complete the CIPFA Professional Qualification (PQ).
You can take the CIPFA PQ if you're:
- a graduate with an accountancy related degree
- an accountant qualified with another professional body
- a part-qualified accountant
- a chartered internal auditor
- a graduate with the Association of Accountancy Technicians
You could also do the CIPFA PQ if you're in a senior public finance role but don't yet hold a professional accountancy qualification.
You may be able to claim exemptions from some exams if you already have relevant qualifications.
CIPFA also work with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) to produce a specialist apprenticeship scheme.
You may be able to join some larger employers directly through a finance management training scheme. You'll usually need at least A levels or equivalent, though some employers may ask for a degree.