The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for business.
Join a global organisation powered by two of the world’s leading accounting bodies (AICPA – the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and CIMA).
We work together to make management accounting the most valued profession in business worldwide.
As a CIMA-qualified professional, you will be able to drive business success. You will use your financial knowledge to influence strategic decisions and manage performance.
How do I become a CIMA qualified professional?
Anyone can study CIMA, whether you’re new to business and accounting or already have some experience. Your most important requirements are a good understanding of business English and maths.
Before you can get started on the Professional Qualification, you will need a foundation in business or accounting studies.
These can be:
The syllabus is split into three pillars and three levels, and comprises 12 exams.
See more details by level.
There are 12 exams: nine multiple-choice objective tests, and three strategic case studies. All are computer-based.
Find out more about the assessment methods.
You may be exempt from certain exams for the Certificate in Business Accounting and the CIMA Professional Qualification if you hold a relevant degree or qualification.
Find out more about exemptions
More information on how to get started at CIMA
How can I study?
You can study either full or part time. There are different ways to study depending on what works best for you, including:
- Using a tuition provider for either full or online/blended learning. Tuition providers offer the best chance of success: search for your nearest provider.
- Using our online study course CIMAstudy.com, which takes you step-by-step through the CIMA qualification and has helped thousands of students pass their exams.
- Self study, using CIMA publishing textbooks
To become a member, students must also prepare and submit a ‘CIMA career profile’ for assessment of their personal work-based practical experience and skills development.
Find out more about our practical experience requirements.
What should I do next?
Register as a student
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