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Part of what makes CIMA special is the wide global network of partners we work with. We have established partnership with CPA Australia, Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL)

CIMA and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 31 January 2015, to allow mutual advanced entry for members of both professional bodies effective March 2015. 

Proven members of ICMAI would be offered an exclusive pathway route by CIMA, and allowed exemptions for 16 exams - CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (five exemptions) and Professional Qualification (11 exemptions), leading up to the strategic case study exam. An ICMAI member would have to take only ONE exam, the strategic case study, to complete the professional qualification.

On passing the strategic case study, proven members of ICMAI will need to demonstrate three years’ relevant experience (as specified in CIMA's PER) to obtain CIMA membership and be awarded with the prestigious, globally acclaimed title of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). If you are interested and want to know more about how to qualify for the coveted CGMA title, please email with the title 'ICMAI exclusive pathway route'.

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CPA Australia and CIMA, both full members of IFAC, share common and strong interests in the advancement of the accountancy profession.

Recognising that global portability is increasingly important for professional accountants around the world and to take advantage of opportunities for our members, CIMA and CPA Australia entered into a mutual recognition agreement to provide:

  • Recognition of their respective members’ prior qualifications.
  • Membership services to each other’s members in their ‘home’ locations.

As of 1 January 2017 the existing MRA is replaced by the new Member Pathway Agreement (MPA) and there will be additional study requirements.

  • CPA to CIMA applicants will need to register as a student, complete the CIMA Strategic Case Study exam and pay fees associated with this.
  • CIMA to CPA applicants will need to complete Better Practice in Governance and Accountability (online course).

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CIMA members applying to CPA Australia

  • For the step-by-step application process view here.
  • CIMA members to CPA applicants will need to complete Better Practice in Governance and Accountability (online course).


While CPA Australia has a degree requirement, it recognises that the CIMA qualification is regarded as a post-graduate Master's level qualification. 

Conditions apply, including maintaining membership of both bodies, and further information can be found here: CIMA members applying to CPA Australia.

CPA Australia members applying to CIMA

  • You will need to register as a student here and pay for the registration fee. See the latest list of application and subscription fees.
  • Please remember to attach a copy of the Letter of Good Standing issued by CPA Australia. 
  • Upon successful application, you are required to schedule and sit for the Strategic Case Study exam. There are four windows a year when you can sit the case study exams (February; May; August; and November). Click here for more details.
  • Once you have passed the Strategic Case Study exam, you are required to file for the CIMA membership application. Click here for more details.
  • Upon successful application, you will be awarded CIMA membership and CGMA designation.

Conditions apply, including maintaining membership of both bodies.

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