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As an AAT student or member, you can take the next step in your career and start studying for the globally recognised CIMA qualification any time

It’s taken dedication, determination and a lot of hard work to get this far in your AAT study. So why stop there? With CIMA, you can delve deeper into the topics you covered in AAT, and gain new skills like financial analysis, project management, negotiation and leadership.

Depending on how far into your studies you are, you could be exempt from four CIMA exams, meaning you’ll qualify sooner. We've also removed exemption fees for new students meaning you will pay nothing to have your eligible prior learning with AAT recognised.

To find out more about how CIMA can help you to get ahead, leave your details below.

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If you have completed AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting you are exempt from the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and can start the CIMA Professional Qualification straight away.

If you hold the AAT Level 2 certificate or Level 3 diploma (level 5/6 in Scotland) you can still study for CIMA.

You will begin with our entry level qualification, the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. When you have completed the certificate level, you can progress to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

We've also removed exemption fees for new students meaning you will pay nothing to have your eligible learning with AAT recognised.

Special arrangements

AAT students receive:

  • Four-day exemption processing (as opposed to the standard 20-day processing)
  • 50% off AAT full membership fees while studying the CIMA Professional Qualification.

How to get started

  1. Register with CIMA
  2. Email with a copy of either:

(a) Your AAT Statement of Achievement from your MYAAT account that confirms successful completion of the Professional Diploma in Accounting / Diploma or 
(b) Your AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting / Membership Certificate

Make sure the email subject line clearly states your CIMA contact ID and includes 'AAT'.

You will receive an email confirming your exemptions within four working days. Once confirmed, you can check and pay for your exemptions via your MY CIMA account.

CIMA reserves the right to contact the AAT directly to confirm your qualification.

I would not be where I am today without CIMA, it has opened a lot of doors for me.

Alistair Taylor Management Accountant, ITV Read more

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