At a glance: costs, completion time
What are CIMA's qualifications?
- 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 which is valued by employers.
- Our Professional Qualification is regarded highly by employers around the world for its relevance to business.
CIMA also offers qualifications in Islamic finance and Diplomas in Perfomance Management in Russian or Arabic.
How long does the certificate in business accounting take?
You can study and register for the five certificate exams at your own pace. On average, students take one year to complete this level.
How long does the CIMA professional qualification take?
On average, students complete the ten professional qualification exams in four years. Most students attempt two or three exams at each sitting but they can be completed in three sittings.
Do I need practical experience to become a member?
You need three years' experience before you can become a CIMA member. You can gain this experience while studying.
How much can I earn once I have qualified?
Check CIMA’s salary surveys for information on the salaries and bonuses paid to CIMA members and students.
How much will it cost?
CIMA students pay a one-time registration fee, an annual subscription fee, and a fee for each exam or exemption. Check our fees list for full information.
New students do not have to pay their first subscription.
If it takes you three years to complete CIMA and you pass every exam on the first attempt, it will cost around GBP1350.
You also need to take into account the cost of study materials and any tuition classes you enrol in.
What study options are there?
You can study with a tuition provider, on your own at home, or using a combination of methods anywhere in the world.
Where can I sit my exams?
You need to make sure you can get to one of our worldwide centres:
How do I find my first finance job?