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.


Find your best entry route


Before registering, find out more about your entry route including information on possible exemptions and where you'll begin studying.


  • School leavers
  • Undergraduates and graduates
  • MBA and Master's in Accounting holders
  • Students or members of other professional bodies
  • Everyone else


School leavers


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:


  • Qualify sooner – you don’t need a degree to start your CIMA studies
  • The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting – a qualification in its own right
  • Once you’ve completed the CIMA Cert BA, move up to the Professional Qualification


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:


  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law


Entry Requirement:


  • There are no entry requirements for the Cert BA, just a good understanding of English and Maths.




  • Cert BA Objective Tests are 120 minutes long, computer based and available on demand all year round.
  • All of our Cert BA and Professional exams are computer-based and available at over 6,000 Pearson VUE assessment centres worldwide.


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.




  • There are no start and end dates for the Cert BA, you can register and start studying all year round.


Length of qualification


  • Approximately 12-18 months. This will depend on your prior knowledge and availability to study.


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


  • E3 Strategic Management
  • P3 Risk Management
  • F3 Financial Strategy




AWARD CIMA Advanced Diploma In Management Accounting (CIMA ADV DIP MA)


Management case study exam+


  • E2 Managing Performance
  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting
  • F2 Advanced Financial Reporting




AWARD CIMA Diploma In Management Accounting (CIMA DIP MA)


Operational case study exam+


  • E1 Managing Finance in a Digital World
  • P1 Management Accounting 
  • F1 Financial Reporting




AWARD CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA CERT BA)


  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law







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