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Entry routes to CIMA

CIMA's CGMA Professional Qualification is for anyone with the drive and desire to succeed in business.

Choose your entry route

If you’re new to business or accounting studies, you will first need to work towards gaining the Certificate in Business Accounting. This will then enable you to move on to the CGMA Professional Qualification. For those who have previously studied business/accounting you may be entitled to exemptions or there may be an alternative route to entry for you.

CGMA Finance Leadership Program

You can become a CIMA member by choosing the new alternative pathway to the CGMA Qualification - CGMA Finance Leadership Program. 

All your learning, assessments and CaseStudy exam preparation takes place within the comprehensive FLP platform.

We are currently delivering CGMA FLP platform demos. Find out more by clicking on the link below. 

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Undergraduates and graduates

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

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Accounting technicians

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

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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 Certificate in Business Accounting and the CGMA 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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UK & Ireland CFO Programme

Enhance your professional standing

The CFO Programme will help you stay at the cutting edge of your profession. It will complement your experience and put you on a fast track to gaining the globally-trusted and highly-valued CGMA designation.

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Everyone else

Anyone can study for the CGMA Professional Qualification, 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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Have a question?

If you have a question about your entry route and any possible exemptions you may be entitled to, please contact the CIMA Ireland office at:

T. +353 087 221 3443

or submit your details in the link below and we will contact you soon!

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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

Apply for exemptions

Depending on your entry route and previous educational experience, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain exams under the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting or CIMA Professional Qualification.

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