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Updated Requirements

CIMA's updated Practical Experience Requirements (PER) are aligned with the syllabus and assessment, and are based around the CGMA Competency Framework.

We are transforming the CIMA PER application process. The Existing (paper based) PER application process will close on 31 May 2022. The Updated (online) PER application processes will close by Q3 2022. The New PER application process will be available from 31 March 2022.

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Read our applying for membership brochure for full details of the Practical Experience Requirements (PER).

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The requirements

A minimum of 36 months’ experience is required across the four knowledge areas, with a maximum of 60 months to be evidenced.

At least four competency categories must be selected between Technical and Business skills (with at least one from each) covering the minimum 36 months

  • At least 18 months must be at the intermediate, advanced and/or expert levels.
  • The remaining 18 months can be gained across foundational, intermediate, advanced and expert levels. 

A minimum of one competency category each from People and Leadership skills over 36 months.  

  • These should be in the context of the technical and business skills and can be gained across foundational, intermediate, advanced or expert levels.

Where you have more than five years’ relevant experience:

  • You should upload detailed evidence for a maximum of five years’ experience.
  • The remaining experience (outside of the five years) should be recorded in your Career Progression Summary.

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CGMA Competency Framework

The Framework consists of four knowledge areas (Technical Skills, Business Skills, People Skills and Leadership Skills) and is underpinned by Ethics, Integrity and Professionalism.  Each knowledge area contains a number of competency categories and individual competencies or skills. 

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FAQ document for the Membership Application Tool (MAT)

Read our FAQ document to ensure your CIMA membership application is correctly completed with the Membership Application Tool (MAT). 

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