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CGMA Corporate Professional Pathway

Your work experience counts

Expand your career horizon with a fast track CGMA Corporate Professional Pathway, designed with multiple entry points to the CIMA Professional Qualification based on your work experience in finance, accounting and business functions.

CGMA Corporate Professional Pathway

There are two levels of entry depending on your work experience:

Entry point Minimum work experience required Award
Management Case Study
  • Dealing with stakeholders and implementation of projects
  • Making product and pricing decisions
  • Performance evaluation of divisions or component parts
  • Knowing how the business impacts on the financial statements and ability to analyse the performance of the organisation through financial statements
CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting
Operational Case Study
  • Analysing the structure of the organisation as well as cross-functional communication
  • Costing and/or budgeting
  • Preparing part of or entire financial statements including group accounts
CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting

Your learning need not stop at the CIMA Diploma or Advanced Diploma level. The CGMA designation will be yours after you complete another 4 exams (Advanced Diploma holders) or 9 exams (Diploma holders) and submit a successful application for CIMA membership.

View the complete CIMA Professional Qualification syllabus.

The process

1 Candidate completes the application form and submits detailed employment CV, highest academic document and copy of IC/passport. 
2 CIMA admits the candidate into the programme. Candidate will register and make the necessary payments.
3 Candidate attends revision classes to prepare for the exams (MCS entry level) and online study support for OCS entry level.
4 Candidate sits for the exam.
5 Candidate receives the respective award.


  • Preparation for the case study exams will take about six to eight weeks.
  • There are four windows a year when you can sit for the case study exams (February; May;August; and November).
  • You can sit for the exam at any of the Pearson Vue test centres nearest to you.
  • The exam is computer-based and it is three hours long. It is set within a simulated business context relating to one or more fictionalised organisations and it is based on a real industry.
  • Six weeks before the actual exam, CIMA issues the case study pre-seen material. It gives you an opportunity to preview the case study and learn about the industry. On the real exam day, the ‘unseen material’ will be provided to you, with questions that you will need to answer. The case study incorporates calculations, short answers and essays. Its focus is on application, analysis and evaluation.

Financial support

Candidates may be able to withdraw from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) after paying the full fees to CIMA (subject to EPF approval).


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