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How much does it cost?

Find out how much it costs to study CIMA, remembering to take in to account your registration, annual subscription and exam fees along with costs associated with your preferred study method.

Registration and annual subscription

Registration fees

New students pay a one-off registration fee, which includes their first years subscription fee. Note: The CIMA subscription year runs from 1st January until 31st December.

Registration (one-off payment) GBP 77
Re-registration GBP 77
Registration for the management accountants’ gateway (not including assessment fee)  GBP 77
Registration for the CIMA professional gateway assessment GBP 425
Registration for the CIMA Master's gateway package GBP 725
Registration for the CIMA Master's gateway assessment GBP 425

Subscription fees

Existing students must ensure their subscription is paid before 31 March each year to prevent expiration. 

Students  GBP110
Students who have passed Strategic Case Study exam GBP264
New student (first years subscription fee) Free

Exams and exemptions

Exam and exemptions fees are not included in your subscription.

Exemption fees

Certificate in Business Accounting (per subject) GBP 70
Operational level Objective Tests (per subject) GBP 90
Operational level Case Study exam GBP 145
Management level Objective Tests (per subject)
GBP 100
Management level Case Study exam GBP 155
Strategic level Objective Tests (per subject) GBP 145
Strategic level Case Study exam GBP 220

Exam fees

CIMA exams are set based on a tiered pricing structure as part of our continued commitment to improving access to our qualifications and assessments worldwide.

View exam pricing by selecting your tier in the accordion below. Please note, a breakdown of eligible countries can be found within the relevant tier.

  • Tier 1: Western Europe, Turkey, Australia, Singapore, USA and Canada
  • Tier 2: Rest of the world 
  • Tier 3: Sub-Saharan Africa

Exams sat from 01 January 2018

Tier 1

2018 exam fees

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting 

Objective tests (per exam) GBP75

CIMA Professional Qualification 

For exams sat on or after 1 January 2018

Operational level objective tests (per exam) GBP95
Operational level case study exam (per exam) GBP155
Management level objective tests (per exam) GBP105
Management level case study exam (per exam) GBP165
Strategic level objective tests (per exam) GBP155
Strategic level case study exam GBP240

Eligible Countries

Andorra Australia Austria
Belgium Canada Denmark
Finland France Germany
Greece Iceland Ireland
Italy Liechtenstein Luxembourg
Malta Monaco Netherlands
Norway Portugal Singapore
Spain Sweden Switzerland
Turkey United Kingdom United States of America

Tier 2

2018 exam fees

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting 

Objective tests (per exam) GBP70

CIMA Professional Qualification

For exams sat on or after 1 January 2018

Operational level objective tests (per exam) GBP90
Operational level case study exams (per exam) GBP145
Management level objective tests (per exam) GBP100
Management level case study exams (per exam) GBP155
Strategic level objective tests (per exam) GBP145
Strategic level case study exam GBP220

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Ascension Islands Azerbaijan
Azores Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados
Belarus Belize Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Bulgaria
Cambodia Canary Islands Cayman Islands Chile China
Colombia Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote D ivoire Croatia
Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Dominica
Dominican Republic East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador
Estonia Falkland Islands Faroe Islands Fiji Islands French Guiana
French Polynesia Georgia Gibraltar Greenland Grenada
Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guinea Guyana
Haiti Hawaiian Islands Honduras Hong Kong Hungary
India Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel
Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kiribati Islands
Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia
Lebanon Libya Lithuania Macau Macedonia
Malaysia Maldives Martinique Mexico Moldova
Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Myanmar Nepal
New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua North Korea Oman
Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay
Peru Philippines Poland Puerto Rico Qatar
Republic of Nauru Romania Russia Samoa Saudi Arabia
Serbia Sint Maarten Slovak Republic Slovenia Solomon Islands
South Korea Sri Lanka St Helena St Kitts St Lucia
St Vincent and The Grenadines Suriname Syria Taiwan Tajikistan
Thailand Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia
Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Ukraine United Arab Emirates Uruguay
Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Western Samoa Yemen      

Tier 3

2018 exam fees

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting 

Objective tests (per exam) GBP55

CIMA Professional Qualification 

For exams sat on or after 1 January 2018

Operational level objective tests (per exam) GBP70
Operational level case study exams (per exam) GBP115
Management level objective tests (per exam) GBP80
Management level case study exams (per exam) GBP125
Strategic level objective tests (per exam) GBP115
Strategic level case study exam GBP185

Eligible countries

Angola Botswana Burkina Faso
Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde
Central African Republic Chad Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Principe
Republic of Benin
Reunion
Rwanda
Sao Tome
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
 Zimbabwe  

A rough guide to costs

Where you sit exams and how you decide to study will determine how much it costs to study CIMA. The guide below outlines costs for studying either the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, CIMA Professional Qualification or both combined.

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting over one year

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.

CIMA Professional Qualification over three years

The guide below outlines costs for studying the CIMA Professional Qualification over three years making the following assumptions:

  • You have no exemptions
  • You sit and pass each exam on the first attempt
  • You are entering at Operational level of the CIMA Professional Qualification
  • You are in a tier 2 market (find out more about tiered exam pricing here)
  • You are studying online with CIMAstudy and have purchased an official CIMA Study Text

CIMA costs

Costs are calculated based on 2016 pricing
One-off student registration (includes first year student subscription) GBP 77
Annual student subscription over three years GBP 220
9 x Objective Tests and 3 x Case Study exams GBP 1,525
Sub-total GBP 1,822

Study costs

9 x CIMAstudy Prime modules GBP 2,160
3 x CIMAstudy Case Study modules GBP 900
12 x CIMA Study Texts GBP 420
Sub-total GBP 3,480

Total costs over three years: GBP 5,302

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

Both qualifications over five years

The guide below outlines costs for studying both the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and Professional Qualification over five years 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
  • You may have taken a few breaks between studies

CIMA costs

Costs are calculated based on 2016 pricing
One-off student registration (includes first year student subscription) GBP 77
Annual student subscription over five years GBP 440
4 x Cert BA exams GBP 280
9 x Objective Tests and 3 x Case Study exams (Professional Qualification) GBP 1,525
Sub-total GBP 2,322

Study costs

4 x CIMAstudy Prime modules (Cert BA) GBP 960
9 x CIMAstudy Prime modules (Professional Qualification) GBP 2,160
3 x CIMAstudy Case Study modules (Professional Qualification) GBP 900
12 x CIMA Study Texts GBP 420
Sub-total GBP 4,440

Total costs over five years: GBP 6,762

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

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