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New PER Process

We’ve enhanced the practical experience requirements (PER) route to CIMA® membership. The new PER process is available from 31 March 2022 and will replace the existing and updated PER requirements. Find out how to start your application today.

How to become a CGMA designation holder

To become a Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®) designation holder, you need three years of verified relevant professional experience.

The PER process is an essential part of the CIMA Professional Qualification and CIMA’s membership application process. They complement the assessments and demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in the context of your professional experience.

Your application will be assessed to determine whether you have gained enough experience to be awarded Associate membership — giving you the Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and CGMA designations.

How is the membership application process changing?

  • We've simplified the process while maintaining our high standards
  • We’ve taken action on feedback from students and employers that highlighted areas to improve
  • We’ve improved the relevancy in the assessment of the work experience (core activities), professional skills and behaviours required

When am I eligible for ‘membership’?

You can start recording your experience, skills and achievements at any stage in your CIMA journey. To apply for membership will you need:

  • Three years of experience in a finance role. CIMA students and members hold a broad range of job titles, so we don’t prescribe a list of acceptable or expected job titles. We focus instead on what you do in your day-to-day work. This ensures the work activities you undertake during your initial professional development are relevant to becoming a qualified management accountant.

    You are likely to be working or have worked in one of the following areas:
  • Management accounting
  • Finance business partnering
  • Accounting
  • Professional services and consulting
  • Financial and management reporting
  • Financial management
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Performance management
  • Audit and assurance
  • Business intelligence and data analysis
  • Risk management
  • Taxation
  • Banking
  • Treasury
  • Achievement of work activities that are core and critical to the role of the management accountant
  • Development of professional skills or behaviours that are essential to the management accountant

How to start your PER application

For your application you will need three years of relevant experience in a finance role, be able to demonstrate the core activities and the professional skills and behaviours as outlined above.

To get started you should:

  • Download the application form below
  • Read the guidance for applicants and other resources available
  • Get your PER supervisor on board (find more information in the guidance)
  • Start thinking about examples for the core activities and the skills and behaviours you want to use to demonstrate you have met the PER application criteria.
  • Check the FAQs if you have any questions