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Professional gateway route

The professional gateway route is the accelerated entry route to the CGMA Professional Qualification and the globally recognised CGMA designation.

This accelerated route is open to members and passed finalists of professional bodies which are both:

  • A member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
  • An examining body

Find out if your professional body is eligible with our exemptions search.

Search for exemptions

How does it work?

Eligible individuals are required to take the Management Case Study exam for those who are not on the accelerated route). The exam is:

  • a computer based case study exam
  • three hours long
  • available in four windows a year (refer to the exam timetable for more information)
  • assesses knowledge and competencies covered in the Management of the CGMA Professional Qualification.

Once you have passed the Management Case Study exam, you will be granted 11 exemptions that include subjects from the certificate level, operational and management level exams, allowing you to progress straight to the strategic level of the CGMA Professional Qualification.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the professional gateway assessment route is GBP425. This cost includes:

  • Your CIMA student registration fee
  • One attempt at the exam (valid for two years)
  • All 11 exemptions from certificate, operational and management level exams after successfully passing the Management Case Study exam

Please note: the Professional gateway assessment route is exempt from CIMA's tiered exam pricing structure

How to get started

  • You must register as a CIMA student (using the ‘gateway route’ option) and submit documents proving your eligibility for this route. Documents you will need to include:
    - Complete transcripts (mark sheets) for all years
    - Graduation certificate or a letter from your University confirming completion
  • You will be emailed with full details of how to submit your documents to CIMA after completing your registration.
  • Once your documents have been reviewed and approved you will then be confirmed onto the gateway route and will be eligible to schedule the Management Case Study exam.

Taking the exam

Question and exam tutorial

Our gateway question and exam tutorial gives you hands-on experience of the computer-based assessment method.

Try it now

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!

Submit here