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CIPFA Gateway

Enhance your business credibility by combining CPFA and CGMA

The CIPFA Gateway route for CPFAs is the accelerated entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the globally recognised Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

At a glance

  • Fast track route designed exclusively for CPFAs
  • Exemptions available for eligible candidates
  • Become a CGMA in addition to your CPFA designation

On entry, eligible candidates will take the Management Case Study exam. On successful completion candidates will move straight on to the Strategic Case Study exam, bypassing the three Strategic level Objective Test exams.

How much does it cost?

Registration for the CIPFA Gateway costs £600. This includes:

  • Registration fee
  • First years student subscription fee
  • 2 Case Study exam fees
  • Exemptions from Certificate level through to Strategic Objective Tests 

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Case Study exams

Format: computer based
Availability: four windows each year (Feb, May, Aug, Nov) at any of the 5,000 Pearson VUE centres around the world
Length: 3 hours
Marking: human marked
Results: available 5 weeks after the close of the exam window

Further information
The Case Study exams are used to test a variety of skills including research and analysis, how to present information, persuasion and communication skills. The move to more Case Study exams has been deliberate to test a wider range of skills and integrated learning across the syllabus.

Case Study exams reflect a real life business scenario, comprising a series of time bound tasks set for students to complete based on pre-seen material.

  • Pre-seen material released to tutors: 9 weeks prior to the exam window through Tutor Resource Hub(Tutor log in details required)
  • Pre-seen material released to students: 6 weeks prior to the exam window through the Study Planner (Student contact ID and password required)

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Case Study roles

CIMA Case Study exams are essentially virtual business role plays. Therefore, students need to understand their role within the case study exam in order to produce a good answer, demonstrating knowledge and applying skills from across the syllabus.

Management Case Study exam

The focus of Management level is on the medium term and monitoring and implementation of strategy. In the Management Case Study exam, your role will be that of a Finance Manager.

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Strategic Case Study exam

The focus of Strategic level is on the long term and setting the strategy for the business. In the Strategic Case Study exam, your role will be that of a Senior Finance Manager.

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How to register on the CIPFA Gateway

  1. Go to the online registration form
  2. Select ‘special entry’ when asked to specify an entry route
  3. Enter the promo code "CIPFA2020"
  4. When prompted, upload your CIPFA letter of good standing, confirming your eligibility
  5. Pay the registration fee

Ready to Register?

Registering through the CIPFA Gateway is simple. Just make sure you have all the necessary documentation to hand.

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Our exemptions team will verify your membership status with CIPFA and then confirm your registration through the CIPFA Gateway by email, no more than six weeks after you register.