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Whether you're already working in business, considering a career change or thinking of working for yourself, the CIMA qualification could transform your career - and you can start training right now.

If you don't have any experience, you'll start at our entry level qualification, the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting — 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.

If you hold a relevant degree or qualification, such as accounting or business, you may be entitled to exemptions from some CIMA exams, allowing you to progress onto the Professional Qualification sooner.

The CIMA qualification will present you with a fresh and exciting challenge - make yourself more attractive to potential employers, improve your earning potential and enhance your career prospects.

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Whether you're new to business and accounting or an experienced professional, we have you covered. Our flexible framework helps you make the most of your existing qualifications and skills, while helping you get the knowledge and experience you need to become a CGMA designation holder.

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Entry routes into CIMA

Anyone can study with CIMA - The only requirement we ask for is that you be competent in mathematics and the English language.

School leavers  

You don't need a degree to start a successful career after school or college. By training with CIMA you can bypass university and head straight for the world of business.

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. once you've qualified, you can use the letters CIMA Cert BA after your name.

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Undergraduates and graduates  

If you hold an MBA or Masters in Accounting, you can take the fast-track Masters Gateway route to the CGMA designation. 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 11 exams, and can progress straight to the strategic level of the CIMA Professional Qualification, the final step towards CGMA status.

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MBA and Masters in Accounting holders  

If you hold an MBA or Master's 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 11 exams, and can progress straight to the strategic level of the CIMA Professional Qualification, the final step towards CGMA status.

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Students or members of other professional bodies  

Whether you're still studying or you've progressed to membership at a recognised IFAC body, it's important to think about what you want to achieve next. As a member of another professional body, you may be eligible for a fast track route into the CIMA qualification.

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Working professionals  

Anyone can study with CIMA, whether you already work in business and finance, want to change career or even hope to run your own business. Whether you already work in business and want a professional qualification to help you get further, or you have no business or finance background and want to make a change, becoming a CGMA designation holder could be the best career decision you ever make.

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How much could you earn?

Your earning potential can increase as soon as you start studying with us, and continue to rise even after you qualify as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA designation holder). See how much you could earn with our Salary Insights.

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