Exemptions

You may be exempt from certain exams in the Certificate in Business Accounting and CIMA Professional Qualification if you hold a relevant degree or qualification.

The exams you are exempt from will vary depending on the degree or qualification you hold.

Exemptions are awarded at CIMA’s discretion.

Who is eligible for exam exemptions?

You may qualify for exemptions if you:

  • Are a graduate with a qualification listed in our database of CIMA accredited programmes.
  • Are a graduate of a degree programme that is related to the CIMA syllabus.
  • Are an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) student or member.
  • Have an MBA or a Master's in Accounting.
  • Are a member or passed finalist of ICWAI or ICMAB, or a member of ICMAP.
  • Are studying or have completed a relevant qualification with another professional body.

You can search for your qualification in our exemptions database. If your degree or qualification is not listed, you may still be eligible for exemptions.

How do I apply for exemptions?

To be granted exemptions from CIMA exams you must first register as a CIMA student and submit proof to CIMA of your relevant degree or qualification.

Make sure you are familiar with CIMA’s exemptions policy before you apply.

How much do exemptions cost?

Exemption fees are the same as exam fees for each subject:

CIMA certificate in business accounting (per subject, until 31 December 2014) GBP50
CIMA certificate in business accounting (per subject, from 1 January 2015) GBP53
Operational and management levels (per subject, until 31 December 2014) GBP91
Strategic level (per subject, until 31 December 2014) GBP98
Operational and management level objective tests (per subject, from 1 January 2015) GBP70
Operational and management level case study exams (per exam, from 1 January 2015) GBP115
Strategic level objective tests (per subject, from 1 January 2015) GBP115