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UK & Ireland CFO Programme

Enhance your professional standing

The UK & Ireland 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.

CGMA is the most widely held management accounting designation in the world. It distinguishes more than 150,000 accounting and finance professionals who have advanced proficiency in finance, operations, strategy and management.

On this fast-track programme for C-suite executives, candidates will attend a CFO programme workshop and take the final Strategic Case Study exam (SCS) of the CIMA qualification.

The SCS exam will focus on the application of strategic management accounting techniques to analyse, recommend and support decisions areas that fall within the scope of CFOs and senior management.

The next step is your CIMA & CGMA membership. You will be awarded upon passing the Strategic Case Study exam and successful fellowship membership application and assessment.

As a CIMA fellow you will be part of an elite group of business professionals. Once your fellowship application has been approved, you can use the letters FCMA, CGMA after your name.

CFO Workshop

The CFO workshop will focus on preparation for the three-hour Strategic Case Study (SCS) exam. 

Strategic Case Study Exam

The Strategic Case Study exam will take the form of a virtual business role play. You will adopt the role of a Senior Finance Manager and be tested on the technical, finance and business skills decisions you make based on a case study scenario.

The CFO programme is open to:

CFOs, CEOs and senior management who have at least 10 years' experience in business and finance functions.

Terms & Conditions:

This programme is not available to existing CIMA students who have previously failed a CIMA exam, unless a further qualification was undertaken or relevant work experience gained after that exam was failed that qualifies the student for that exemption, in line with our Exemptions policy.

Eligibility and application process:

Candidates must submit a detailed CV to which includes the following:

  • personal details
  • academic qualifications
  • detailed work experience
  • CIMA Contact ID, if applicable

Fee structure:

The programme is available for a one-off fee of £6,990.

The fee includes:

  • The CIMA registration fee
  • Exemption fees for 16 CIMA exams
  • Tuition on 4 workshop days and tutor support
  • Exam fees for the Strategic Case Study exam
  • The CIMA membership application fee

February 2023 sitting:
20th January, 6th February, 7th February, and 14th February

May 2023 sitting:
6th April, 26th April, 5th May, and 12th May

August 2023 sitting:
18th July, 2nd August, 3rd August, and 9th August

November 2023 sitting:
19th October, 1st November, 2nd November, and 9th November

Apply for CIMA Fellowship & CGMA membership upon passing the exam.

As a CIMA fellow you will be part of an elite group of business professionals. Once your fellowship application has been approved, you can use the letters FCMA, CGMA after your name.


This programme will enhance your competencies in leadership, people skills and business acumen:

  • Drive business success across sectors using data-driven financial insights for strategic decision making that is fit for purpose in the fast-paced digital age.
  • Develop broader leadership skillsets to influence and inspire those around you in changing times.
  • Equip strategic business partners with enhanced decision-making skill sets to create sustainable value for the organisation.
  • Gain exclusive access to global networking opportunities.

What our UK & Ireland CFO Programme alumni say

Through the CFO programme, I gained the full spectrum of knowledge required to be a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). It gave me a huge amount of confidence to undertake more of the technical aspects of my role.

Paul Crouch, Finance Director, Service Platforms, BT Read more

What our UK & Ireland CFO Programme alumni say

"The CFO Programme offered a solution that was simple and quick: building on and recognising my skillset and experiences. The programme paves the way for an FCMA, CGMA designation in a matter of months."

Jan Willem Blüm, Finance Director Read more

Be a part of the elite game changers

The CIMA CFO Programme is an exclusive pathway for experienced CFOs, CEOs and senior management professionals to gain the globally trusted and highly valued Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

CFO steps to your chartered qualification and membership

  1. Application by CV
  2. CIMA acceptance to CFO Programme
  3. CFO Programme study workshop
  4. Strategic Case Study exam
  5. Application for CIMA membership
  6. Award - CIMA membership and CGMA and FCMA designations

How to apply

To apply for the CFO programme
or find out your eligibility,
please send a copy of your detailed CV to

Who is CIMA?

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. Our unique blend of management accounting, financial accounting and business-focused subjects produces highly-competent and confident Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) who lead their organisations to sustainable success.