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Getting started

Four easy steps to get started on your CIMA journey

If you’re after a pay rise, promotion or change of direction, the skills and experience you’ll gain with CIMA can help you get there sooner. Kick-start your studies and invest in your future today!

Starting CIMA

  1. Identify your entry route and register with CIMA
  2. Apply for exemptions if required
  3. Choose your study method
  4. Schedule your first exam

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.

Explore our entry routes

Apply for exemptions

Depending on your entry route and previous educational experience, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain exams under the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting or CIMA Professional Qualification.

Check your eligibility

Choose your study method

The way you study will hold the key to your CIMA exam success so it’s important to choose the study method that works best for you.

Explore your options

Schedule your first exam

Once you've registered with CIMA and any exemption requests have been approved you'll be ready to schedule your first exam. Having a date to work towards will be great motivation while you're studying. 

Learn how to plan your studies

How much will it cost?

As a CIMA student, you’ll pay a one-off registration fee, an annual subscription (though your first year is free) and a fee per exam or exemption.

See the full fee list

Register for more information

If you're not ready to start studying but would like to be kept up to date on jobs, careers fairs, presentation and open days, register your details with us.

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Need to talk to someone directly?

You can talk directly to one of our personal advisors about any aspect of studying CIMA, including registering as a student. Call us on:

+44 (0)208 849 2251 and select option 1 when prompted

Our contact centre opening hours are 9am to 5pm (UK time) Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can also contact your local office.

Ready to register?

Start the new year as a CIMA student. Register today and take the first step to becoming a recognised Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

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Employers offering CIMA

There are thousands of companies worldwide who recognise the value of CIMA qualified staff and happily support their employees as they study. Some employers offer benefits to CIMA students, such as paid study leave, help with fees and covering tuition costs.

Take a look at our list of employers who qualify their staff with CIMA.

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Find a job

CIMA works with a huge range of employers who will sponsor graduates to study the CIMA qualification. You can find the latest job vacancies and graduate schemes on CIMA My Jobs.

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