It takes strategic vision to lead

Join an elite group of global management accountants. Become a CGMA designation holder

Management accountants analyse information to advise strategy and drive sustainable business success. Anyone can study the CIMA qualification, whether they’re new to finance and business or an experienced professional.

  • What's CIMA?

    We’re the world’s largest professional body of management accountants, with the most useful accounting qualification for a career in business. By studying with CIMA, you’ll develop the critical knowledge and skills that employers are looking for and be ready to work in any business – public or private, big or small, all around the world.

  • CIMA at a glance

    Want to skip to the detail? Here's everything you need to know before registering with CIMA and starting your journey to becoming a CGMA designation holder.

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  • It takes strategic vision to lead

    Join an elite group of management accountants. Become a CGMA designation holder today.

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At a glance

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) elevates people and businesses to success by developing skills and unlocking talent.

The CIMA Cert BA is our entry-level qualification for people with little or no accounting background. It can be a refresher course or a foundation to a career in business and finance. 

If you don't hold a relevant degree or qualification, you are likely to start studying with CIMA through the CIMA Cert BA.

Studying the CIMA Cert BA will give you core business and finance skills for now and the future, including accounting, management accounting and business principles.

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  • Exams: Four Objective Tests
  • Time to complete: 12-18 months
  • Designation on completion: CIMA Cert BA

Producing competent and confident management accounting professionals who can guide and lead their organisations to sustainable success.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for business. You’ll develop invaluable finance and business skills and the fundamental knowledge you need to drive business success.

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  • Exams: 12 (nine Objective Tests and three Case Study exams)
  • Time to complete: 3-6 years
  • Designations: CIMA Dip MA (completion of Operational level), CIMA Adv Dip MA (completion of Management level), ACMA CGMA (Admittance to membership)

CIMA leads in Islamic finance through a suite of award-winning self-study qualifications that meet market demands and requirements.

If you're a finance, accounting or law professional working in manufacturing, fossil fuel extraction and almost any other industry or sectors seeking to trade or who seek finance for future investment in a Shari’ah compliant manner, then studying one of our Islamic finance qualifications is for you.

There are two levels of qualifications:

  • CIMA Certificates in Islamic finance
  • CIMA Diploma in Islamic finance (CDIF)

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It takes strategic vision to lead

Join an elite group of management accountants. Become a CGMA designation holder today. 

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Where will you begin studying?

School leavers

Are you about to leave school or college? Are you interested in a rewarding and successful career in business? CIMA can offer you an alternative qualification to university that is highly valued by employers all over the world.

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Undergraduates and graduates

Are you a university student or recent graduate looking to start your career in business or finance? Graduates in any degree discipline can study with CIMA and get a head start in the job market.

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MBA and Master's in Accounting holders

Adding a professional qualification to your MBA or Master’s in Accounting means your CV will be even more attractive to potential employers. Find out about the Master’s Gateway fast-track route to the CGMA designation.

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Students or members of other professional bodies

Whether you’re still studying or have moved on to membership, it’s important to think about what you want to achieve next.

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Everyone else

Anyone can study with CIMA, whether you already work in business and finance, want to change careers or even hope to run your own business. Find out how you can become a CGMA designation holder if you don’t fit into any of the above entry routes.

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Where to next?

  • How much will it cost?

    CIMA students pay a one-off registration fee, an annual subscription fee (after your first year), and a fee for each exam or exemption.

  • Search for exemptions

    Find out if you’re eligible for exam exemptions. Search our exemptions database to check your eligibility before registering.

  • Choose your study style

    You can study with CIMA in whatever way suits your lifestyle. Our handy study shop will help you choose the right study method for you, with all CIMA approved study products, resources and courses in one place.