Operational level

Operational level is the first level of the professional qualification and consists of three exams.

After you have completed these you will receive the 'CIMA diploma in management accounting'.

Study resources by paper

Access self-study guides, past papers, exam guides and more:


The exams are three hours long with an additional 20 minutes pre-exam reading time and the pass mark is 50%.

You can take operational and management level exams at the same time but you must pass both of these levels before you take the strategic level papers.

Get more help from CIMA

CIMAstudy.com takes you step-by-step through the CIMA qualification and has helped thousands of students pass their exams.
Find out how to get ahead with cimastudy.com

Official CIMA text books - Helping you pass the first time whichever method of study you choose.
Get CIMA text books at cimapublishing.com