The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants. For the last 100 years, we’ve guided thousands of professionals to become finance business leaders.

CIMA helps businesses and individuals to succeed by harnessing the full power of management accounting – not just accounting for the balance sheet, but accounting for business. The CIMA Professional Qualification is based on the CGMA Global Management Accounting Principles© the world’s first and only management accounting standard and the CGMA Competency Framework. It leads to earning the globally recognised Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation is held by 150,000 finance professionals globally, making it the most widely held management accounting designation in the world. Created by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it launched in 2012 to provide a global benchmark for quality in competency in management accounting.

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Why should I choose to study with CIMA?

Completing the CIMA Professional Qualification and earning the CGMA designation allows you to join a distinguished group of professionals who have advanced proficiency in finance, operations, strategy and management. Based on extensive employer and practice research and tested using business role-play, it covers the skills and competencies that employers are demanding now and in the future.

Becoming a CGMA designation holder additionally offers up much more than earning a certificate. There is access to extensive life learning resources to help professionals stay ahead; a global network of like-minded professionals spread across 184 countries and territories; and a worldwide CGMA jobs board to help with the next career move.

CGMA designation holders come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some are experienced professionals while others are just starting their careers. Through the process of completing the qualification, students gain the knowledge and insight demanded by employers and needed for a successful career in finance and business.

On 31 January 2019 we updated the CIMA Professional Qualification to embrace digital competencies and close the gap between core technical skills and the modern world of finance and business. This was the result of research with more than 2,000 employers and over 5,500 finance professionals from more than 150 countries around the world.

Studying CIMA and becoming a CGMA will help you ‘go beyond’ in your career and make sure you become one of the most able, sought after and valued employees in the world. Being CIMA qualified gives you critical knowledge and skills employers are looking for. Once qualified you will be ready to work in any business – large or small, public or private – all around the world.

All this requires hard work and dedication but, once you start on your journey to become, you won’t be alone – we’ll support you every step of the way. Whether you decide to study with a tuition provider, online using or, with official CIMA textbooks and study material – or, a mixture of all three, it’s up to you.

What qualifications will I need?

Anyone can study for the CIMA Professional Qualification, the only requirements are a good standard of Maths and English. If you have any of the qualifications listed below, you could be eligible for exemptions:

  • A CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting
  • A degree that specialises in accounting or business
  • The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Technician level/Diploma pathway
  • The Open University (OU) Certificate in Accounting

In addition, if you have a higher education qualification formally accredited by CIMA you could gain further exemptions from the Professional Qualification.

What does getting CIMA-qualified involve?

You are in control when studying CIMA, whether it’s the Certificate in Business Accounting or CIMA Professional qualification. If you’re balancing studies with a busy work or personal life our on-demand exams and flexible structure allow you to work at a pace that suits you. You could complete a level every year or work at a much steadier pace. To achieve either the Certificate in Business Accounting or the CIMA Professional Qualification you’ll need to sit computer-based exams. To achieve the CIMA Professional Qualification you’ll also sit Case Study assessments for each level. But, with over 5, 000 Pearson VUE test centres worldwide you can easily choose where and when you sit your exam!

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