CGMAs are trusted finance professionals with the skills needed to meet global business needs. They confidently apply accounting and finance skills, in the context of business, to influence the decisions, actions and behaviours of others.

The CGMA Competency Framework was developed in consultation with leading global organisations to represent the skills set businesses need. It includes feedback from over 3,000 participants.

The CGMA Competency Framework is comprised of four knowledge areas which have been identified by top global employers. CGMAs are proficient in each of the core areas:

  • Technical skills
  • Business skills
  • People skills
  • Leadership skills

The framework has enabled students to learn and develop and is a point of reference for the updated Certificate in Business Accounting and underpins the CIMA Professional Qualification and the AICPA | CIMA Competency and Learning website.

Find out how the CGMA Competency Framework links in to the CIMA Professional Qualification by exploring the diagram below.


Technical skills

Financial accounting and reporting, cost accounting and management, planning and control, management reporting and analysis, corporate finance and treasury management, risk management and internal control, taxation and accounting information systems.


Business skills

Strategy, analysis of market and macro-economic environments, process management, business relations, project management and awareness of the regulatory environment.


Leadership skills

Team building, coaching and mentoring, driving performance, change management, and ability to motivate and inspire.


People skills

Ability to influence, negotiation skills, decision-making, collaborative working and communication.


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What organisations need today are professionals who bring both a good breadth of understanding surrounding the challenges that businesses face; and a significant depth of expertise in which they can draw from to help the organisation deal with those challenges. I find that CGMAs bring heaps of both qualities and are therefore highly valued no matter what part of the business.

Syed Ahmad Taufik Albar,
Group CFO, UEM Group Berhad