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Gain an Apprenticeship as well as working towards a professional qualification.

An apprenticeship is suitable for almost anyone; graduates, school leavers, new employees as well as people already in work looking to upskill.

As long as there is an opportunity to gain new skills, an apprenticeship could be for you.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone who is:

  • living in England
  • over the age of 16
  • not in full-time education

Is an apprenticeship right for you?

An apprenticeship is a workplace training programme which includes a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning.

  • You will have the opportunity to work within a wide variety of different businesses and functions and gain real practical experience.

  • You will simultaneously study towards a professional qualification, laying solid foundations for a finance or commercial role in the future.

  • You will earn a wage and gain real work experience, whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

  • You need to be committed, motivated, enthusiastic and reliable, with a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Case Studies

  • Having that dual experience of studying and gaining experience in the workplace is invaluable.

    Diane Lorgeré
    Diane Lorgeré, Network Rail
    Read Diane's story >
  • My friends' views on apprenticeships have changed as they see the experience and qualifications I have gained in just two years.

    Rosie Shepherd
    Rosie Shepherd, Fujitsu Services Ltd
    Read Rosie's story >
  • Getting fully qualified with no debt and relevant experience was really appealing to me. It allows you to get hands-on experience of real-life situations.

    Eunice Fuentes
    Eunice Fuentes, Transport for London
    Read Eunice's story >

We offer apprenticeships at two levels

The CIMA qualification combines accounting, finance and management with the business skills and techniques you’ll need to add real value to any organisation.

Level 4

Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

Ideal for School leavers and people looking to upskill

You will study the Certificate in Business Accounting through the Professional Accounting / Tax Technician apprenticeship standard.

The CIMA Cert BA is our entry-level qualification for people with little or no accounting background and gives a foundation to a career in business and finance.

Studying the CIMA Cert BA will give you business and finance skills for now and into the future, including accounting, management accounting and business principles.

Level 7

Accountancy / Taxation Professional Apprenticeship

Ideal for Graduates and people with a basic accounting knowledge

You will study the CIMA Professional Qualification through the Level 7 Professional Accountant Standard whilst also developing key skills and behaviours such as leadership, communication and problem solving.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business.

As accountants in business, management accountants need to understand how businesses operate, how they are managed, how people work together and how strategy is formulated.

Which level is right for you?

We understand that each apprentice will be in a different situation, so speak to our apprenticeship team to discuss the best option.


Our apprenticeship programme involves two assessments

On-programme assessment

With the support of a training provider, and your employer, you will sit CIMA exams and complete a training log recording the skills and behaviours you will gain through your apprenticeship programme.

The end-point assessments

CIMA delivers two end-point assessments at each level to make sure that you are fully competent in your role and meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours prescribed by the apprenticeship standard.

Most apprentices live or work within 5 miles of a CIMA test centre.

Key Facts

20% of working hours must be spent on off-the-job training
50% of working hours must take place in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
1yr is the minimum length of an apprenticeship
£0 is the amount an apprentice contributes financially
Lift off here for career success

Lift off here for career success

Supplementing your studies with an apprenticeship may be difficult to juggle. But that workplace experience can give your career a perfect start.

To look for the current apprenticeship opportunities, visit the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants Global Career Hub now.

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Your benefits as a CIMA apprentice

Your benefits as a CIMA apprentice

In becoming a CIMA apprentice, you will have access to a wide range of benefits and services.

As part of the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants, you will possess the most relevant qualification for business. Your designation letters will showcase your skills and experience globally, connect you to a community of like-minded peers and show you are committed to lifelong learning, ethics and professionalism.

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