Certificate in Business Accounting exams

Certificate level exams are computer based and are on demand - they can be taken all year. The Certificate level syllabus comprises of five subjects with one exam for each subject and all five exams must be passed to complete the level. The five exams can be taken in any order.

Professional Qualification exams

The Professional qualification is made up of two types of computer based assessments:

  • 90 minute objective tests for each of the three subjects within each level - these are on demand and can be taken all year.
  • A three-hour case study when you have completed all objective tests and want to progress to the next level - these are available in four windows a year.

Find out more about Professional Qualification exams.

Schedule an exam.

Use our Professional Qualification exam resources on CIMAconnect.

Try CIMA Aptitude, the online question bank that simulates the actual exam allowing you to fully assess your readiness for your next exam.

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Find out about special consideration requests for the case study exams (PDF 368KB)

Exam performance report

CIMA offers the opportunity for unsuccessful case study exam candidates to receive an individual feedback report on their performance.

Find out how to gain a report for the latest exams (PDF 584KB)

Gateway exam

The Gateway exam, also known as the Management case study exam (for those who are not on the accelerated route)

Find out more information about the Gateway route and exam.

Working with Pearson VUE

CIMA is working in partnership with Pearson VUE*, who have over 20 years of experience in offering electronic testing and already run computer-based assessments for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

There will be 5,000 Pearson VUE test centres in 178 countries. We are working with Pearson VUE to continue to increase the number of exam centres globally. Find your closest Pearson VUE centre.

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Assessment of practical experience

Strategic Level

Strategic Case Study Exam

Strategic Management

Risk Management

Financial Strategy


Management Level

Award / CIMA Advanced Diploma In Management Accounting

Management Case Study Exam

Project and Relationship Management

Advanced Management Accounting

Advanced Financial Reporting


Operational Level

Award / CIMA Diploma In Management Accounting

Operational Case Study Exam

Organisational Management

Management Accounting

Financial Reporting and Taxation

Enterprise Pillar

Performance Pillar

Financial Pillar