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CIMA at a glance

By becoming a CGMA with CIMA you will be joining the world’s largest professional body of management accountants and become part of a truly global network of over 600,000 current and next generation finance professionals.

Why become a CGMA with CIMA?

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. Read on and explore why becoming a CGMA with CIMA is the right choice for you.

We're open to all

Ambitious school leavers, graduates and working professionals choose CIMA as the most relevant global qualification for a career in business. Our flexible entry policy gives anyone with a passion for business the chance to study CIMA regardless of educational background. All you need is a good grasp of maths and English.

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You’re in control

Our flexible syllabus and on-demand exams put you in control of your studies so you can progress towards membership at your own pace. 

Completion times

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting can be completed in 12 months if you commit to studying and sitting an exam every three months.

You can aim to complete a level of the CIMA Professional Qualification in 12 months or within a year if you commit to studying and sitting three objective tests and a case study exam.

Remember though, if you’re also balancing your studies with a busy working life, family commitments or university studies, you can take a steadier pace or progress faster - it's up to you!

Exams on demand

With CIMA, you choose when you want to sit each exam, and you can choose where you take it from more than 5,500 Pearson VUE test centres around the world.

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Study options and support

The way you study will hold the key to your exam success, so it's important to choose the right study method and access all the resources available to support you.

Deciding on your method of study couldn't be easier. Whether you are looking at face-to-face tuition, distance learning or self-study online or old fashioned with a text book, we have you covered.

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Greater earning potential

Adding ‘CIMA student’ to your CV while you study gives you a huge advantage in the job market, as it shows employers that you’re dedicated, hardworking, commercially aware and serious about your future. And if you’re already working, the CIMA qualification will increase your chances of progressing to a more senior position and earning more. As a CGMA, you'll be highly sought after for your knowledge, skills and ethics, further increasing your earning potential and career opportunities.

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Employers choose CGMAs

If you are considering a career in business and finance and want to develop your future with a world-class employer, CIMA is the professional qualification to have.

Thousands of companies around the world, from multinationals to the newest start-ups, in both the public and private sectors, train their people with us. Chances are that in any sector you can think of, there will be CGMAs driving businesses forward.

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Become part of a global community

We have more than 229,000 members and students in 176 countries, and with the formation of a new accounting association, once you become a Chartered Global Management Accountant, you'll become part of a world-wide community of over 600,000 current and next generation finance professionals.

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The CIMA difference

Not all accounting qualifications are the same. The CIMA qualification has been designed to blend management accounting, financial accounting and business-focused subjects to ensure CGMAs have the skills that employers demand. The CGMA Competency Framework provides the foundations for the CIMA qualification, ensuring you develop the right mix of skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Registration is easy, and, if you sign up today you'll get the rest of 2016 and 2017 subscriptions for free - that's a total saving of £117!

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CIMA Professional Qualification

Find out about the CIMA Professional Qualification syllabus, on-demand assessments and case study exams.

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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Find out about the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting syllabus and explore the updated 2017 syllabus and assessments.

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