Studying CIMA

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We're here with you every step on your way to becoming a CGMA. Find out more about the support we offer, plan your studies and most importantly, set an exam date as a way of motivating you to study and succeed.

CIMA exams

We are continuing to offer online CIMA exams and in many countries you can now schedule at test centres. You now have more choice than ever.

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  • You've made a great career decision!

    You’re studying the most relevant qualification for a career in finance and business. And we’re with you every step of the way as you work towards gaining the globally recognised CGMA designation. Studying CIMA demonstrates to employers worldwide that you’re gaining the knowledge and skills they need to drive business success.

  • Plan your exams

    Find all the information you need to create an effective study plan - student fees, key exam dates and deadlines and how to schedule your CIMA exams.

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  • Study options and tuition providers in Ireland

    The CIMA qualification can be studied in a variety of ways. Do some research before choosing how you are going to study, and who you will study with.

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At a glance

Better skills. Better business.

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting elevates people and businesses to success by developing skills and unlocking talent.

If you don't have any exemptions or a finance or accounting background you will most likely start studying CIMA through the Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA).

Power up your career in the world of business and finance by gaining a solid understanding of fundamental accounting, management and business principles.

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  • Exams: 5 Objective Tests
  • Time to complete: 12-18 months
  • Designation on completion: CIMA Cert BA

Bridging the skills gap

Producing competent and confident management accounting professionals who can guide and lead their organisations to sustainable success.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for business. You’ll develop invaluable finance and business skills and the fundamental knowledge you need to drive business success.

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  • Exams: 12 (nine Objective Tests and three Case Study exams)
  • Time to complete: 3-6 years
  • Designations: CIMA Dip MA (completion of Operational level), CIMA Adv Dip MA (completion of Management level), ACMA CGMA (Admittance to membership)

CIMA leads in Islamic finance through a suite of award-winning self-study qualifications that meet market demands and requirements.

If you're a finance, accounting or law professional working in manufacturing, fossil fuel extraction and almost any other industry or sectors seeking to trade or who seek finance for future investment in a Shari’ah compliant manner, then studying one of our Islamic finance qualification is for you.

There are three levels of qualifications:

  • CIMA Certificates in Islamic finance
  • CIMA diploma in Islamic finance (CDIF)

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Study resources

  • Free webcasts and events

    Webcasts and events to help you pass your exams - live and on demand. Make the most of what is available to you.

  • The study shop

    All CIMA study products in once place. Choose how you're going to study and kick-start your studies today.

  • The Study Planner

    Your online student community available 24/7. Access free study resources and interact with fellow students.

Schedule an exam

Follow our four easy steps

It's easy to schedule your exams - either online or over the phone. Follow our four easy steps and get an exam date in your diary to help you stay focused and on track.

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Association Career Hub

Find your dream job

Whether you're looking for a way into the business, or for the next rung on the career ladder, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants Global Career Hub is the only platform tailor-made for management accountancy careers.

  • Access the latest job opportunities 
  • Get expert career advice
  • Explore career resources and tools
  • Personalised job alert emails

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CIMA Salary Insights

The more you earn, the more you learn

Compare your own salary to the averages of CIMA members and students working around the world using the CIMA Salary Insights tool.

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Related resources

  • Find an employer who trains CIMA students
  • Read employer testimonials and case studies
  • Access Harvard ManageMentor (Strategic level students only)

Explore our additional career resources