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Students or members of other professional bodies

Gain a competitive edge with CIMA

Want to accelerate your career? 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.

IFAC bodies - members and passed finalists

If you are a member or passed finalist of an IFAC body, you may be eligible for advanced entry to CIMA through the professional gateway route.

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Find out more about the professional gateway route 

ICWAI, ICMAP and ICMAB members and passed finalists

If you are a member or passed finalist of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI), the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) or a member of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP), you may be eligible for advanced entry to CIMA through the management accountant gateway route.

Find out more about the management accountant gateway route 

AAT Students and Members

As an AAT student or member, you can take the next step in your career and start studying for the globally recognised CIMA qualification any time.

Find out about special arrangements for AAT Students and Members

Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)

CIMA and ACT have agreed a reciprocal arrangement that allows members of each body a fast track route to membership. If you have completed the Diploma in Treasury Management you will be eligible for an accelerated route to CIMA membership.

Find out about the reciprocal arrangement between CIMA and ACT

Other professional qualifications

If you hold a qualification with another professional body on our CIMA accredited programmes’ database, you may be eligible for exemptions from some exams in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and the CIMA Professional Qualification.

Find out if you are eligible for exemptions

If your qualification is not on our database, you start CIMA by studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

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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