Certificate level

The Certificate in Business Accounting is our entry level accounting qualification for students with little or no accounting background. It is a recognised qualification in its own right and is valued by employers.

There are five papers at this level and all must be passed before you can proceed to the professional qualification.

On completion you will be awarded the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

Exam detail

  • Can be studied at student's own pace.
  • Students may be entitled to exemptions.
  • On average students complete all 5 exams within 1 year.
  • Two hour computer based assessment.
  • Questions will be taken from syllabus topics: full syllabus detail (PDF 1MB)
  • On-screen scientific calculator can be used (read full terms and conditions; PDF 111KB)
  • 50% pass mark

Read our certificate frequently asked questions (PDF 156KB) for more detail.


C01 C02 C03 C04 C05

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Transition from 2006 syllabus

We revised the Certificate in Business Accounting for 2011. See transition arrangements (PDF 27KB) from the 2006 syllabus.