School leavers

From school to CIMA

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 worldwide.

At a glance:

  • Qualify sooner – you don’t need a degree to start your CIMA studies
  • The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting – a qualification in its own right
  • Once you’ve completed the CIMA Cert BA, move up to the Professional Qualification

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.

With CIMA, you get to call the shots and study at your own pace in a way that suits you. You can study full-time, part-time, while working, in a classroom or through distance learning.

You’ll start with 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, 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.

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Employers offering CIMA

There are thousands of companies worldwide who recognise the value of CIMA qualified staff and happily support their employees as they study. Some employers offer benefits to CIMA students, such as paid study leave, help with fees and covering tuition costs.

Take a look at our list of employers who qualify their staff with CIMA.

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CIMA works with a huge range of employers who will sponsor graduates to study the CIMA qualification. You can find the latest job vacancies and graduate schemes on CIMA My Jobs.

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Starting CIMA

  1. Identify your entry route and register with CIMA
  2. Apply for exemptions if required
  3. Choose your study method
  4. Schedule your first exam

How much will it cost?

As a CIMA student, you’ll pay a one-off registration fee, an annual subscription (though your first year is free) and a fee per exam or exemption.

See the full fee list