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    You’re studying the most relevant qualification for a career in finance and business. And we’re with you every step of the way as you work towards gaining the globally recognised CGMA designation. Studying CIMA demonstrates to employers worldwide that you’re gaining the knowledge and skills they need to drive business success.

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Your qualification

Better skills. Better business.

If you don't have any exemptions or a finance or accounting background you will most likely start studying CIMA through the Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA).

Power up your career in the world of business and finance by gaining a solid understanding of fundamental accounting, management and business principles.

Exams: 4
Time to complete: 12-18 months
Designation: CIMA Cert BA

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We've updated the CIMA Cert BA

Earlier this year we launched the updated CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting . Find out more about the changes.

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First of three levels in the CIMA Professional Qualification

Overview: Learn how to implement strategy and how to report on it too with a short-term focus.

Exams: 4 (3 Objective Tests and 1 Case Study)
Time to complete: 12 months
Designation: CIMA Dip MA

Entry point: If you have completed or are exempt from the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) you are likely to start here.

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Second of three levels in the CIMA Professional Qualification

Overview: Focus on how to communicate the strategy created by your seniors to your team for implementation. Plus how to monitor and report on the implementation of strategy and ensure corrective action is taken when required.

Exams: 4 (3 Objective Tests and 1 Case Study)
Time to complete: 12 months
Designation: CIMA Adv Dip MA

Entry point: Depending on your previous educational experience you may have entered the CIMA Professional Qualification through a Gateway entry route. 

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Third of three levels in the CIMA Professional Qualification

Overview: This level concentrates on strategic decisions and how to provide the context in which those decisions will be implemented. Its focus is long-term.

Exams: 4 (3 Objective Tests and 1 Case Study)
Time to complete: 12 months
Designation: ACMA, CGMA (on successful completion of your practical experience requirements)

On successful completion of the practical experience requirements, students will be admitted to associate membership and granted the associate chartered management accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations.

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Find your dream job

Whether you’re looking for a way in, a way up or just a change of scenery, CIMA MY JOBS is the only dedicated careers platform for management accountants. 

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CIMA Salary Insights

The more you earn, the more you learn

Compare your own salary to the averages of CIMA members and students working around the world using the CIMA Salary Insights tool.

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