Build a career for life with CIMA.

CIMA stands for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. We’re the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants, with the most useful accounting qualification for a career in business and finance.


Future-ready finance professionals leading the transformation.

CIMA is commited to helping our students and members take on the challenge. To become the finance professionals businesses choose to partner with first. To future-proof accounting and lead the transformation. 


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No exemption fees

New from 1 August 2019: We've removed exemption fees for new students. This means that you will pay nothing to have your eligible prior learning recognised*, unlike many professional bodies.

The CIMA qualification will get you ready for the Future of Finance and our digitally led world. The decision to remove exemption fees will make the management accounting profession even more accessible for students around the world.

Why CIMA? 

1. Catch the eye of employers around the globe: Thousands of companies around the world, from multinationals to the newest start-ups, train their people with us. You'll find qualified CIMA members in the public and private sectors across different industries. 

2. Choose your own role: The CIMA qualification is designed to bring together management accounting, financial accounting and business, so you’ll have the practical skills employers need. You’ll be qualified to work in a wide range of roles from finance to consultancy, IT to senior management positions.

3. Earn higher salaries: As a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation holder, you can earn more and go further. Compare your own salary to the averages of CIMA students, CGMA designation holders and CPA’s here.  

4. Study at your own speed: Our on-demand exams and flexible structure put you in control, so you can study at the pace that works for you. You could complete a level every year, or take a steadier pace if you’re balancing studies with a busy working life, family or university studies.

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For more information about your entry route including possible exemptions and where you'll begin studying please see the links below.

Undergraduates and graduates

Boost your undergraduate degree (and CV) with the CIMA qualification, recognised and valued by businesses around the world. Whatever your degree subject you can study CIMA now - relevant degrees will be entitled to exemptions, saving time and getting your career started even sooner! 

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MBA and Masters in Accounting holders

Complement your prior studies with CIMA, the most relevant finance qualification for a career in business. By gaining the CGMA designation you'll be able to add value to your MBA or Masters in Accounting, top up your skillset and solidify your learning.

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Accounting Technicians Ireland

You've come this far, don't stop now! As an ATI student or member, you can take the next step in your career right now and start studying for the globally recognised CIMA qualification. With our updated syllabus you will learn valuable new business and finance skills as you train to become a CGMA.

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Member of another professional body

If you hold a qualification with another professional body on our CIMA accredited programmes’ database, you may be eligible for exemptions from some exams in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and the CIMA Professional Qualification.

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MSc in Strategic Management Accounting

Graduates of this intensive programme at UCD Smurfit School can fast-track to the final CIMA exam, saving time and gaining the CGMA designation on successful completion of just one exam and the practical experience requirements. 

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Everyone else

Anyone can study CIMA, whether you already work in business and finance, want to change career or even run your own business. Take the first step to a fulfilling career in business or finance today!

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Starting CIMA

  1. Identify your entry route and register with CIMA
  2. Apply for exemptions if required
  3. Choose your study method
  4. Schedule your first exam

"The beauty of studying CIMA is that you are not just limiting yourself to financial accounting."

Aishling Collins, Treasury Accountant, Kerry Group PLC