The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is a professional body offering training and qualification in management accountancy and related subjects. It is focused on accountants working in industry, and provides ongoing support and training for members. CIMA prepares people for a career in business. It teaches skills for strategic advice, managing risk and making key decisions.
Anyone can study CIMA, whether you’re new to business and accounting or already have some experience. The only requirements are competence in mathematics and the English language.
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Before registering, find out more about your entry route including information on possible exemptions and where you'll begin studying.
From school to CIMA
Are you about to leave school or college? Are you interested in a rewarding and successful career in business? CIMA can offer you an alternative qualification to university that is highly valued by employers worldwide.
At a glance:
Certificate in Business Accounting (CERT BA)
Our Cert BA and Professional qualifications together form the CIMA qualification. If you don’t have a relevant qualification to start in at Professional level then you can start here.
The Cert BA consists of four subjects:
Cert BA exams are 120 minutes long. BA1, BA2 and BA3 will each contain 60 objective test questions, while BA4 will contain 85 objective test questions.
Objective Tests are available on demand and computer marked, so as soon as you have completed your Objective Test you will receive a provisional exam result of either ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ at the Pearson VUE assessment centre.
Length of qualification
CIMA qualifications framework
The framework comprises of the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and the CIMA Professional Qualification.
AWARD / Membership of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® and the CGMA designation
Assessment of practical experience+
In order to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), you need a minimum of three years' verified relevant work-based practical experience.
Strategic case study exam
AWARD CIMA Advanced Diploma In Management Accounting (CIMA ADV DIP MA)
Management case study exam+
AWARD CIMA Diploma In Management Accounting (CIMA DIP MA)
Operational case study exam+
AWARD CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA CERT BA)
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