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The CIMA 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.

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.

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    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.

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    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 bdc@cimaglobal.com.