Become a CGMA with CIMA

There has never been a better time to register with CIMA and start your journey to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

By studying CIMA, you will develop the critical knowledge and skills employers are looking for and be ready to work in any business – large or small, public or private, all around the world.



What is management accounting?

Management accounting combines accounting, finance and management with the business skills and techniques you'll need to add real value to any organisation. Management accountants are qualified to work across the business, not just in finance, advising managers on the financial implications of big decisions, formulating business strategy and monitoring risk - much more than just crunching numbers.

For more information about management accounting and CIMA download the CIMA brochure (7MB).

55 Reasons to become a CGMA with CIMA
Entry routes into CIMA

Anyone can study CIMA, whether you're new to business and accounting or already have experience. The only requirements we ask for is that you are competent in mathematics and the English language.

Expand the diagram below to find out more about the best entry route for you.

School leavers  

From school to CIMA

CIMA can offer you an alternative qualification to university that is highly valued by employers worldwide.

You'll start with our entry level qualification, the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA). This will help you build your business and financial knowledge. It's a recognised qualification in its own right and a great introduction to the world of business, whether you're looking to secure a top job or run your own business. Upon completion you can use the letters CIMA Cert BA after your name.

Undergraduates and graduates  

Studying CIMA after university and boosting your degree with a professional qualification is a strong career move.

You don't need a relevant degree to start your CIMA studies; graduates in any degree discipline can study CIMA. You'll start with the CIMA Cert BA. It's a recognised qualification in its own right and can also be a stepping-stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

If you've already completed a relevant degree, like accounting or business, you may be entitled to exemptions from some CIMA exams, allowing you to progress onto the Professional Qualification sooner.

MBA and Master's in Accounting holders  

If you hold a Master's or MBA in Accounting, you can take the accelerated Master's Gateway route to the CIMA Professional Qualification. You'll just need to pass the CIMA Gateway exam, which is a three-hour computer-based case study exam, available four times a year.

Once you've passed the CIMA Gateway exam, you'll be exempt from 12 exams and can progress straight to the strategic level of the CIMA Professional Qualification, the final step towards CGMA status.

Students or members of other professional bodies  

As a member of another professional body, you may be eligible for a fast track route into the CIMA qualification.

Find out more about the fast track route
Everyone else  

If you don't fit into any of the above entry routes, you can still study CIMA. Find out more about the Cert BA and the Professional Qualification and register today.

How much will it cost?

Find out how much it will cost to study CIMA - keep in mind the the one off registration fee, annual subscription (free in your first year), exam and exemption fees. Check out the full fee list for more information.

CIMA fees

Not ready yet?

If you are not ready to register as a CIMA student just yet, that’s absolutely fine. Register your interest with us and we’ll share information with you about CIMA such as CIMA jobs, careers fairs, presentations and open days.

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