Our qualifications

Our qualifications are based on our CGMA Competency Framework. This framework represents the latest thinking of employers in the market and provides a structure for the knowledge required at various points in your career.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business. If you have relevant education such as a university degree from an CIMA-accredited university, you could start here.


The syllabus is split into three pillars and three levels, and comprises 12 exams: nine Objective Tests, and three Case Study exams.

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Entry requirements

In order to start studying the Professional Qualification you will need to have a relevant qualification from CIMA-accredited institute or have completed the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA). 


Objective Tests are 90 minutes long, computer based and available on demand all year round.

Case Study exams are 3 hours long and available in four windows throughout the year.

All of our Cert BA and Professional exams are computer-based and available at over 6,000 Pearson VUE assessment centres worldwide.


There are no start and end dates for the Professional Qualification. You can register and start studying all year round as long as you have an existing qualification that allows you entry onto the Professional Qualification.

Length of qualification

Approximately 3-6 years. This will depend on your prior knowledge, experience and time available to study.

Study options

Our flexible structure and on-demand exams put you in the driving seat – giving you complete control over how, when and where you study.

You can browse all CIMA approved study products and resources in the Study Shop.

Designatory letters

As you progress through the Professional Qualification you will gain designatory letters that show 

Operational Level

After successfully completing this level, students will receive the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Dip MA).

Management Level

On completion, you receive the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Adv Dip MA).

Strategic Level

On completion of the Strategic level, students will be eligible to submit their practical experience for assessment.

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On successful completion of the practical experience requirements, students will be admitted to associate membership and granted the Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations.


The guide below outlines costs for studying the CIMA Professional Qualification over three years making the following assumptions:

  • You have no exemptions
  • You sit and pass each exam on the first attempt
  • You are entering at Operational level of the CIMA Professional Qualification
  • You are in a tier 2 market (find out more about tiered exam pricing here)
  • You are studying online with CIMAstudy and have purchased an official CIMA Study Text

CIMA costs

Costs are calculated based on 2016 pricing
One-off student registration (includes first year student subscription) GBP 77
Annual student subscription over three years GBP 220
9 x Objective Tests and 3 x Case Study exams GBP 1,525
Sub-total GBP 1,822

Study costs

9 x CIMAstudy Prime modules GBP 2,160
3 x CIMAstudy Case Study modules GBP 900
12 x CIMA Study Texts GBP 420
Sub-total GBP 3,480

Total costs over three years: GBP 5,302

Please note: All costs are indicative and are calculated based on 2018 pricing. Last updated February 2018.

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