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The CGMA® Finance Leadership Program

Accelerate your finance career

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program (FLP) is a guided, digital-first learning and assessment experience. It’s your online route to the Professional Qualification and the Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA) designation — the most relevant global finance qualification for a business career, held by more than 140,000 finance professionals worldwide. 

CGMA Finance Leadership Program availability in your region

  • The CGMA FLP will be available in England, Scotland and Wales from early September 2022. Existing CGMA candidates can express interest / pre-register from 1st July 2022 via registration at or contact CIMA UK via the options at . Further confirmation will be communicated to those who register prior to the launch
  • CGMA is not yet available in South Africa and China. Further information will follow and students will be notified when the CGMA FLP becomes available in their region
  • If you’re a candidate in Sri Lanka and are interested in the CGMA FLP, find out more information and register with one of our partners today.

Flexible online learning

The CGMA FLP teaches the same competencies as other routes to CIMA's CGMA Professional Qualification. This prepares finance professionals for careers in management accounting. Candidates will be assessed on the same material and must demonstrate the same level of competency and experience to earn the CGMA designation and CIMA membership.

With the CGMA FLP, learning is part of an all-inclusive subscription package and delivered online in a self-paced digital environment. The CGMA FLP offers you the opportunity to both learn the material and sit online assessments at your speed. As there is no Objective Test (OT) exam date to schedule or work towards, you can study when you want, wherever you are, and even learn the topics in whichever order you like. Case study exams can be sat at an assessment centre or taken remotely online, thus creating a true digital learning experience.

Watch the CGMA FLP information video 


If you are an existing CIMA Professional Qualification student who may wish to transfer to the CGMA FLP, please review the detailed FAQs

How do I select the right subscription for me?  Please read the following guide which includes more detail to help you make the best selection "Choosing the right Financial Leadership Programme Subscription."

Our official partner of FLP Skills Premium, Kaplan

To know more please fill in your details in the below form or click here for direct registration

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program helps you:

Personalise your learning journey Flexible and convenient — Progress on your schedule, at your speed, based on your previous knowledge and experience.
Accelerate career growth Become a strategic leader — Develop the competencies that accelerate career growth by evolving beyond technical accounting to take on strategic and management priorities.
Develop in-demand skills Become a strategic leader — Develop the competencies that accelerate career growth by evolving beyond technical accounting to take on strategic and management priorities.
Streamline professional development Integrated learning and assessment — Gain instant access to everything you need to complete the programme. All learning, exams, prep courses and fees are included in the price and can be completed online at your convenience.
Earn the CGMA designation Showcase your value — Join more than 140,000 CGMA designation holders and the world’s largest community of finance professionals.
  • Lucas Prillaman, CPA, CGMA

    Senior Tax Associate

    ‘After being a part of the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, I feel even more prepared for future roles in management’.

  • Hank Windhorst, CPA, CGMA

    Financial Planning Consultant
    Chick-fil-A Corporate

    ‘I chose to pursue the opportunity as the logical next step toward my goal of becoming a more well-rounded finance professional’.

  • Nora Merriman, CPA, CGMA

    Financial Analyst

    ‘Thanks to the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, I have a greater understanding of financial concepts as well as general business knowledge. I can contribute to conversations that I used to only observe’.

Earn the CGMA designation

Demonstrate advanced proficiency in global finance and business

The CGMA designation is the world’s most widely held management accounting designation. It’s professional proof that you understand business inside and out, and is recognised and prized all over the globe — 87% of employers say they will pay a premium to hire a CGMA designation holder, and 91 of Fortune 100 companies employ CGMA designation holders.

Earning skills certificates and diplomas

A curriculum made up of skills that 2,000 finance teams around the world identified as critical for driving change and accelerating career growth.

Complete groups of competencies to earn skills certificates and pass levels to earn diplomas. These milestones document your progress and demonstrate tools you’ve acquired to employers. The CGMA FLP’s curriculum is based on the 2019 Professional Qualification Syllabus, the world’s most up-to-date and technologically advanced accountancy programme.

Review the curriculum to see skills, certificates and diplomas you’ll earn throughout the CGMA FLP.

The Operational Level teaches essential business concepts and establishes a strong foundation in technical finance and accounting.

Digital Finance Skills Certificate

  • Finance Function Transformation — Understand the role and transformation of finance.
  • Finance Business Partnering — Explain main business functions and finance business partnering.
  • Data and Analytics — Identify how data-backed analysis supports decision-making.

Budget and Cost Analysis Skills Certificate

  • Short-Term Decision Making — Present information to support decision-making that considers uncertainty.
  • Cost Accounting — Apply cost accounting methods to planning, control and reporting.
  • Budgeting and Planning — Prepare and use budgets to impact planning and control.

Financial Reporting Skills Certificate

  • Regulatory Environment — Describe regulatory oversight, standard-setting and corporate governance processes.
  • Financial Statements — Apply financial reporting standards to prepare financial statements.
  • Principles of Taxation — Recognise key international taxation issues and prepare corporate tax calculations.
  • Managing Working Capital — Use short-term financing and working capital management techniques.

Diploma in Management Accounting

Receive your diploma after completing the Operational Level and the Operational Case Study.

At the Management Level, you’ll develop core skills and business acumen while acquiring more advanced tools and frameworks.

Team Performance Management Skills Certificate

  • Business Models — Recognise the dynamics of organisational ecosystems and business model frameworks.
  • Leading and Managing People — Apply management and leadership approaches that improve team performance.
  • Project Management — Apply project management tools and techniques that drive change.

Financial Planning and Analysis Skills Certificate

  • Cost Competitiveness — Advise on techniques to manage costs and achieve sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Organisational Performance — Manage performance of organisation units.
  • Pricing and Capital Investment Decisions — Support pricing strategies and capital investment decision making.
  • Decision Making and Risk — Identify and manage risk associated with decision making.

Financial Statement Analysis Skills Certificate

  • Advanced Financial Statements — Apply recognition, measurement and presentation criteria used in International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • Long-Term Financing — Advise on sources of long-term finance and associated costs.
  • Complex Group Reporting — Prepare financial statements according to relevant international accounting standards.
  • Financial Statement Analysis — Provide insights about financial performance and position.

Diploma in Advanced Management Accounting

  • Receive your diploma after completing the Management Learning Level and the Management Case Study.

In the Strategic Level, you’ll complete your finance professional skill set with new insights and a valuable toolkit to help you lead at the enterprise level.

Strategy Management Skills Certificate

  • Competitive Advantage — Advise on current position and long-term direction.
  • Strategy Formulation — Formulate and effectively present strategy to leadership.
  • Strategy Implementation — Evaluate the effectiveness of strategy implementation and the importance of change management.
  • Digital Strategy — Develop and implement enterprise-wide digital transformation.

Enterprise Risk Management Skills Certificate

  • Enterprise Risk Management — Identify, evaluate and manage enterprise risks.
  • Strategic Risk — Analyse risks associated with governance and strategy formulation.
  • Internal Control — Recommend and implement internal controls.
  • Cybersecurity — Anticipate cybersecurity threats and apply risk management techniques.

Corporate Finance Strategy Skills Certificate

  • Financial Policies and Objectives — Evaluate strategic goals and policy decisions.
  • Debt and Equity Finance — Analyse capital structure and strategic financing decisions.
  • Financial Risk — Assess and manage financial risks.
  • Business Valuation and Acquisitions — Evaluate decisions impacting business valuation and acquisitions

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation

After completing the Strategic Level, the Strategic Case Study and three or more years of verified, relevant, work-based practical experience, you can become a CGMA.

The case study exams

Focus on case study exams

Case study exams offer a simulation-based testing format that brings together the knowledge, skills and techniques you acquire across each of the three levels of the CGMA FLP: Operational, Management and Strategic. You’ll research complex challenges a model company faces in a comprehensive real-world scenario and implement solutions.  The CGMA FLP’s case study review course prepares you for the case study exams. Students analyse a scenario involving a model business through self-paced video lectures, assignments and practice tests. Pre-seen materials provided before the exam — including information about the model business — frame an immersive real-world experience.  

Eligibility and subscription options

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Discounts may apply – Please contact your local CIMA office for more details.


Join the leaders of global finance

For finance professionals in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia:

When you earn your CGMA designation, you also earn your CIMA membership and the privilege of using our designatory letters (ACMA or FCMA). These letters let clients and colleagues know you’re part of a respected community of exemplary professionals. CIMA membership is your gateway to a global network of peers committed to lifelong learning, ethical conduct and the highest standards of professionalism.

The biggest names in the FTSE 100 seek out CIMA members. Members receive access to CIMA’s curated thought leadership content, webcast library, discounted learning solutions, confidential support line, and other exclusive resources and benefits.

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