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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants becomes first accounting body in the UK to remove exemption fees

CIMA sets new sector standard to encourage accessibility and social mobility in efforts to help create a diverse, dynamic and future-ready accounting profession

1 August 2019, London – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the world’s largest body of management accountants, announced today that it will end the practice of charging exemption fees for new students, who hold a relevant degree or qualification, to encourage accessibility and social mobility. This is a first amongst professional bodies in the accounting sector in the UK.
 
Effective from 1 August 2019, the change will apply to all new exemption applications made by students registered to study for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and the CIMA Professional Qualification. The change comes about to encourage more CIMA students to start their studies and further support their career development. 

Backed by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the unified voice of the CIMA and AICPA, the CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised around the world as the most relevant finance programme for professionals seeking a career in business. Updated in January 2019, it now also include trending and future-focused topics such as digital strategy, blockchain and artificial intelligence, to help CIMA students reach their full potential and navigate change in a digital business world. 

There are currently over 117,000 students across 156 countries progressing towards completing their CIMA Professional Qualification and earning the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – Management Accounting said:

“CIMA students come from many different backgrounds and countries with a variety of educational experiences and qualifications, and the Institute believes that students should not be put at a disadvantage for undertaking prior learning in the accounting field. By removing a significant barrier to entry into CIMA qualifications, we want to offer the opportunity to build a successful and sustainable career to as many individuals as possible and help create a diverse, dynamic and future-ready workforce. 

He continued: “We are setting a new standard for the accounting profession, and hope that other professional bodies will join us in delivering greater accessibility and equity in to the profession.”