Management accountants analyse information to advise strategy and drive sustainable business success. Anyone can study the CIMA qualification, whether they’re new to finance and business or an experienced professional.

  • Why choose CIMA?

    We are the world’s largest professional body of chartered global management accountants, and offer the most relevant accounting qualifications for a career in business and finance. By studying CIMA, you will develop the critical knowledge and skills that employers are looking for and be ready to work in any business – large or small, public or private, all around the world. Our industry-leading assessments and regularly updated qualifications ensure you’ve got the winning edge in the job market.

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At a glance

Better skills. Better business.

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting elevates people and businesses to success by developing skills and unlocking talent.

If you don't have any exemptions or a finance or accounting background you will most likely start studying CIMA through the Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA).

Power up your career in the world of business and finance by gaining a solid understanding of fundamental accounting, management and business principles.

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  • Exams: 4 Objective Tests
  • Time to complete: 12-18 months
  • Designation on completion: CIMA Cert BA

Bridging the skills gap

Producing competent and confident management accounting professionals who can guide and lead their organisations to sustainable success.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for business. You’ll develop invaluable finance and business skills and the fundamental knowledge you need to drive business success.

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  • Exams: 12 (nine Objective Tests and three Case Study exams)
  • Time to complete: 3-6 years
  • Designations: CIMA Dip MA (completion of Operational level), CIMA Adv Dip MA (completion of Management level), ACMA CGMA (Admittance to membership)

CIMA leads in Islamic finance through a suite of award-winning self-study qualifications that meet market demands and requirements.

If you're a finance, accounting or law professional working in manufacturing, fossil fuel extraction and almost any other industry or sectors seeking to trade or who seek finance for future investment in a Shari’ah compliant manner, then studying one of our Islamic finance qualification is for you.

There are three levels of qualifications:

  • CIMA Certificates in Islamic finance
  • CIMA diploma in Islamic finance (CDIF)
  • CIMA advanced diploma in Islamic finance (CADIF)

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Ready to register to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)?

Registration is easy, so why not start the new year as a CIMA student and take the first step to becoming a recognised CGMA.

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Where will you begin studying?

School leavers

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.

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Undergraduates and graduates

Are you a university student or recent graduate looking to start your career in business or finance? Graduates in any degree discipline can study CIMA and get a head start in the job market.

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MBA and Master's in Accounting holders

Adding a professional qualification to your MBA or Master’s in Accounting will give you an even stronger advantage in the job market. Find out about the Master’s Gateway accelerated route into CIMA.

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Students or members of other professional bodies

Want to accelerate your career? Whether you’re still studying or you’ve progressed to membership at a recognised IFAC body, it’s important to think about what you want to achieve next.

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Everyone else

Anyone can study CIMA, whether you already work in business and finance, want to change career or even hope to run your own business. Find out how you can study CIMA if you don’t fit into any of the above entry routes.

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Where to next?

  • How much will it cost?

    Find out how much it will cost to study CIMA - keep in mind the the one off registration fee, annual subscription (free in your first year), exam and exemption fees.

  • Search for exemptions

    If you have studied a relevant degree or qualification, you may be eligible for exemptions. Search our exemptions database to check your eligibility before registering.

  • Choose your study method

    Our flexible entry routes and on-demand exams gives you control over how, when and where you study - and the way you study will hold the key to your exam success.