Find all the information you need to create an effective study plan

Exam dates

Objective Tests for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and Professional Qualification are available on-demand, all year round. Professional Qualification Case Study exams are available four times a year. 

View the 2016/2017 timetable

How much will it cost?

To study CIMA, you will need to pay your annual student subscription and a fee for each exam you sit or recieve an exemption for.

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Choose the study method that works best for you

Our flexible structure and on-demand exams put you in the driving seat - giving you complete control over how, when and where you study - so the way you study will hold the key to your exam success.

You can choose from:

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Visit the CIMA Study Shop to check out all your options and browse all CIMA approved study resources, courses and products.

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Scheduling your exam

You can now schedule all Certificate in Business Accounting and Professional Qualification exams online and over the phone.

Schedule your exam in four easy steps

Top 8 tips for creating an effective study plan

  1. Choose your study method - self-study (with or our official study texts), blended learning or in-class tuition with one of our approved tuition providers.
  2. Schedule your exam - give yourself a date to work towards.
  3. If you are self-studying download a self-study guide from CIMAconnect.
  4. Join the relevant subject group on CIMAconnect - get support and advice from fellow students and access our free study resources.
  5. Think about where, when and how you will study to get the most out of your study time.
  6. When you are studying take short breaks and add variety into your study sessions – take notes, read a study text chapter, attempt some practice questions, look at a relevant article.
  7. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses – practicing exam questions will help highlight the syllabus areas that you need a better understanding of.
  8. Always remember what you’re working towards - becoming a CGMA, adding global power to your CV and showcasing your value around the world.

Self-study guides on CIMAconnect

Professional Qualification Objective Tests

Use the self-study guides for Professional Qualification Objective Tests and benefit from:

  • A week-by-week plan covering the whole syllabus
  • A personalised weekly planner you can use to plot in your available study time
  • Tips from our subject-matter experts to help you keep on track with your studies
  • Links to a wealth of free articles, guides and recorded webinars on CIMAconnect
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2017 CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Self-study guides for the 2017 Cert BA will be available in October 2016.

Studying the Cert BA?

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting syllabus is being updated for 2017. The changes are evolutionary which means they're unlikely to affect your studies.

Find out more