The value of CIMA professionals

CIMA professionalism

Being a CIMA professional means that you:

  • Have a common body of knowledge.
  • Have benchmarked performance standards.
  • Belong to a representative professional organisation.
  • Have a code of ethics that you work within.
  • Have undergone the required training credentials for entry and career mobility.
  • Undertake continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Have a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science.

Ethical dilemmas

As a CIMA professional you are valued for your ethical behaviour and sound judgment, but there may be times when your professionalism could be tested.

Such situations may arise when there is:

  • Pressure from having to meet deadlines or performance goals.
  • A lack of resources.
  • Pressure to produce and get the job done.
  • A misunderstanding or belief that the action is not really illegal or unethical.
  • A misunderstanding or belief that it is in the individual's or organisations' best interest.
  • A chance or belief that the action will never be discovered.
  • A fear of those in authority.


CIMA is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards, and to maintaining public confidence in management accounting.

In any of the instances above where you feel a threat to your professionalism, you can contact CIMA for support.