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The CIMA syllabus focuses on strategic business skills and decision-making techniques as well as financial accounting, making it the qualification of choice for management consultants.

CIMA prepares students for a career in business. Unlike other accounting qualifications that train people for external audit and tax issues, CIMA’s syllabus is designed to deliver a strong understanding of all aspects of business so that our members are equipped to provide expertise across varying business functions.

CIMA is valued by some of the world’s top employers including EY, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, IBM, Accenture and BDO.

These employers train their consultants with CIMA because:

  •  CIMA provides a good foundation and understanding of finance and business activities
  •  CIMA is a globally recognised professional qualification
  •  CIMA demonstrates the competency to clients by their staff adding the CIMA credentials
  •  CIMA provides a set of professional standards and ethics to their clients
  •  CIMA helps develop a structured way of thinking, which directly helps in approaching clients issues in a methodical manner
  • CIMA provides a wider view of the importance of the finance function within an organisation and not just a pure financial accounting focus

Find your best entry route

Before registering, find out more about your entry route including information on possible exemptions and where you'll begin studying.

Explore our entry routes

Apply for exemptions

Depending on your entry route and previous educational experience, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain exams under the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting or CIMA Professional Qualification.

Check your eligibility

Choose your study method

The way you study will hold the key to your CIMA exam success so it’s important to choose the study method that works best for you.

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Schedule your first exam

Once you've registered with CIMA and any exemption requests have been approved you'll be ready to schedule your first exam. Having a date to work towards will be great motivation while you're studying. 

Learn how to plan your studies

CIMA Grad Club

Join CIMA’s Grad Club for FREE and be the first to know about the latest graduate jobs and employer events, plus get exclusive access to industry updates, salary surveys, interview tips and more. You don’t need to be a CIMA member to join; the Grad Club is open to all UK students from any degree discipline.

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How much will it cost?

As a CIMA student, you’ll pay a one-off registration fee, an annual subscription (though your first year is free) and a fee per exam or exemption.

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CIMA Professional Qualification

Find out about the CIMA Professional Qualification syllabus, on-demand assessments and case study exams.

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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Find out about the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting syllabus and explore the updated 2017 syllabus and assessments.

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