The CIMA Higher Apprenticeship in Management Accounting

Higher Apprenticeship in Management Accounting

CIMA, together with a network of top employers, has created the first ever Higher Apprenticeship in Management Accounting. It’s a fantastic non-university route into the world of business and finance for talented individuals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A degree is no longer the only way to achieve a successful, well paid career. In today's tough job market, having good business and finance knowledge and the practical skills employers need will help set you apart.

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Validated by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and approved for government funding, the CIMA Higher Apprenticeship in Management Accounting is a structured new entry route into a great career in business and finance.

If you are an employer interested in taking on an apprentice or just want to find out more about what is involved, please visit our Taking on an an apprentice pages for more details.

Apprenticeship framework

As part of the apprenticeship you will study for and complete the Level 4 Diploma in Business Accounting - consisting of the five modules that also make up the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

The CIMA Technical Apprenticeship in Scotland 

For those applicants based in Scotland, the CIMA Techincal Apprenticeship in Management Accounting has been accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as a level 8 qualification and approved by the Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG) for Scottish government funding.

For more information on the The CIMA Technical Apprenticeship in Scotland please click the link below to download the information brochure.

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Case studies

Meet some CIMA apprentices doing amazing things in business and see the power of the CIMA qualification in action.

Robbie McNeill-McCallum Robbie McNeill-McCallum
Management accounting apprentice - Sky

'I'd strongly suggest the apprenticeship as it helps put your studies into context and gives you invaluable experience.'

Read Robbie's story 
Rachel Hodgson Sian Jones
Management accounting apprentice - Scottish Water

'The apprenticeship in Management Accounting has a great structure to allow you to progress at a rate that suits you.'

Read Sian's story  
Rachel Hodgson Rachel Hodgson
Management accounting apprentice - Fujitsu

'I wanted to start my career as soon as I left college, earn a wage as well as gain professional qualifications.'

Read Rachel's story  
Tejinder Tejinder Bhachu
Management accounting apprentice - BT

'I didn’t think I’d have so much responsibility so soon, after three months I was managing 60 million pound budgets!'

Read Tejinder's story 
Sophia Klair Sophia Klair
Management accounting apprentice - Walsall Housing Group 

'Being an apprentice at whg gave me the opportunity to go to Gambia on a community based project. We helped a community to build sustainable energy sources and improve the standards of living.'

Read Sophia's story 

Find out more

Vacancies for the CIMA apprenticeship are now live. Take a look at our FAQs to find out if you're eligible to apply and register for further information.

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Apprenticeship levy

It is clear that the Apprenticeship levy will bring substantial changes to the way apprenticeships will be funded and with this in mind, the new Apprenticeship standards are continually being developed with a focus on employers being key to their development. 

Although it has not been confirmed, CIMA’s Higher Apprenticeship in Management Accounting could cease to receive funding under the new apprenticeship funding criteria. To ensure employers receive access to funding for CIMA apprentices we are working with employers and other professional accounting bodies in 2 Trailblazer steering groups:

- Professional Accounting and Tax Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 4)
- Professional Accountant Apprenticeship Standard (Level 7)

CIMA has also been consulted in relation to the Junior Management Consultant Apprenticeship Standard.

If you are an employer and would like further information on CIMA’s involvement in Trailblazers and the development of Apprenticeship Standards, please contact us at