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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.

Our Cert BA and Professional qualifications together form the CIMA qualification. If you don’t have a relevant qualification to start in at Professional level then you can start here.

Subjects

The Cert BA consists of four subjects:

BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

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Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for the Cert BA, just a good understanding of English and Maths. 

Availability

There are no start and end dates for the Cert BA, you can register and start studying all year round. 

Length of qualification

Approximately 12-18 months. This will depend on your prior knowledge and availability 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

CIMA Cert BA. 

When you’ve qualified, you’ll be able to use the designatory letters CIMA Cert BA to show your new skills.Then you can choose to move on to the CIMA Professional Qualification – the next step towards becoming a CGMA designation holder.

Costs

The guide below outlines costs for studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting over one year making the following assumptions:

  • You have no exemptions
  • You sit and pass each exam on the first attempt
  • You are in a tier 2 market (find out more about tiered exam pricing above)
  • You are studying online with CIMAstudy and have purchased an official CIMA Study Text for each subject

CIMA costs

Costs are calculated based on 2016 pricing
One-off student registration (includes first year student subscription) GBP 77
Annual student subscription over one year GBP 0
4 x Cert BA exams GBP 280
Sub-total GBP 357

Study costs

4 x CIMAstudy Prime modules GBP 960
4 x CIMA Study Texts GBP 140
Sub-total GBP 1,135

Total costs over one year: GBP 1,492

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

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