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Part of what makes CIMA special is the wide global network of partners we work with. We have established partnerships with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, CPA Australia, universities and more.

Partnership with Malaysian Institute of Accountants

CIMA and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) are proud to introduce the CIMA-MIA Strategic Programmes. These programmes provide a fast track route for members of MIA to obtain the CIMA professional qualification.

Upon completion of the CIMA exams and successful membership application, candidates will become members of CIMA and be awarded two global designations - Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

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CPA Australia and CIMA, both full members of IFAC, share common and strong interests in the advancement of the accountancy profession.

Recognising that global portability is increasingly important for professional accountants around the world and to take advantage of opportunities for our members, CIMA and CPA Australia entered into a mutual recognition agreement to provide:

  • Recognition of their respective members’ prior qualifications.
  • Membership services to each other’s members in their ‘home’ locations.

As of 1 January 2017 the existing MRA is replaced by the new Member Pathway Agreement (MPA) and there will be additional study requirements.

  • CPA to CIMA applicants will need to register as a student, complete the CIMA Strategic Case Study exam and pay fees associated with this.
  • CIMA to CPA applicants will need to complete Better Practice in Governance and Accountability (online course).

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CIMA members applying to CPA Australia

  • For the step-by-step application process view here.
  • CIMA members to CPA applicants will need to complete Better Practice in Governance and Accountability (online course).


While CPA Australia has a degree requirement, it recognises that the CIMA qualification is regarded as a post-graduate Master's level qualification. 

CPA Australia members applying to CIMA

  • You will need to register as a student here and pay for the registration fee. See the latest list of application and subscription fees.
  • Please remember to attach a copy of the Letter of Good Standing issued by CPA Australia. 
  • Upon successful application, you are required to schedule and sit for the Strategic Case Study exam. There are four windows a year when you can sit the case study exams (February; May; August; and November). Click here for more details.
  • Once you have passed the Strategic Case Study exam, you are required to file for the CIMA membership application. Click here for more details.
  • Upon successful application, you will be awarded CIMA membership and CGMA designation.

Conditions apply, including maintaining membership of both bodies, and further information can be found here: CIMA members applying to CPA Australia.

University partnerships

CIMA has partnerships with established Malaysian universities, offering specialised programmes where students combine their undergraduate studies with CIMA. We also award CIMA exemptions for relevant degree programmes at these universities.

University CIMA exemptions
Asia eUniversity   Asia eUniversity
Find exemptions  
MAHSA University   MAHSA University Find exemptions  
Nilai University   Nilai University Find exemptions  
Sunway University   Sunway University Find exemptions  
TAR University College   TAR University College Find exemptions  
Taylor’s University   Taylor’s University Find exemptions
University College Shahputra   University College Shahputra Find exemptions  
University Sains Malaysia   University Sains Malaysia Find exemptions  
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)   Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Find exemptions
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)    Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Find exemptions  
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)    Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Find exemptions  
   Universiti Malaya Find exemptions
   International Islamic University Malaysia Find exemptions

For more information on specialised programmes with these universities, please contact:

T. +603 77 230 230 

CIMA SE Asia Sdn. Bhd.
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Bandar Utama, 47800
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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