CIMA Professional qualification

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.

First steps

Before you can get started on the Professional qualification, you will need a foundation in business or accounting studies.

These can be:

Syllabus overview

The syllabus is split into three pillars and three levels, and comprises 12 exams.

See more details by level.


Altogether there are 12 exams: nine multiple-choice objective tests (three per level), and three case studies (one per level). 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, 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

Practical experience

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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