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Professional gateway route

The professional gateway route is the accelerated entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the globally recognised CGMA designation.

This accelerated route is open to members and passed finalists of professional bodies which are both:

  • A member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
  • An examining body

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How does it work?

Eligible individuals are required to take the CIMA Gateway Exam (also known as the Management Level Case Study exam for those who are not on the accelerated route). The CIMA Gateway Exam is:

  • a computer based case study exam
  • three hours long
  • available in four windows a year (refer to the exam timetable for more information)
  • assesses knowledge and competencies covered in the Management level of the CIMA Professional Qualification.

Once you have passed the CIMA Gateway Exam, you will be granted 11 exemptions that include subjects from the certificate level, operational and management level exams, allowing you to progress straight to the strategic level of the CIMA Professional Qualification.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the professional gateway assessment route is GBP425. This cost includes:

  • Your CIMA student registration fee
  • One attempt at the exam (valid for two years)
  • All 11 exemptions from certificate, operational and management level exams after successfully passing the CIMA Gateway Exam

Please note: the Professional gateway assessment route is exempt from CIMA's tiered exam pricing structure

How to get started

  • You must register as a CIMA student (using the ‘gateway route’ option) and submit documents proving your eligibility for this route. Documents you will need to include:
    - Complete transcripts (mark sheets) for all years
    - Graduation certificate or a letter from your University confirming completion
  • You will be emailed with full details of how to submit your documents to CIMA after completing your registration.
  • Once your documents have been reviewed and approved you will then be confirmed onto the gateway route and will be eligible to schedule the CIMA Gateway Exam.

Taking the Gateway exams

Question and Exam tutorial

Our gateway question and exam tutorial gives you hands-on experience of the computer-based assessment method.

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Note for CIMA students: Whether you're a current or former CIMA student, you may eligible for this route. However, if you have previously attempted and failed any CIMA exam, you must pass that exam subject (or the equivalent in the current syllabus) before you are eligible for this route.

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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