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Professional Qualification

Student resources for the CIMA Professional Qualification

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business. On completion of the CIMA Professional Qualification, you will be awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, recognising your value and showcasing your professionalism, business and leadership skills, ethics and commitment. The syllabus is split into three pillars and three levels, and comprises 12 exams: nine Objective Tests, and three Case Study exams.

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Study and exam guides

The study planner has self-study sessions for all objective tests, as well as articles and resources for the case study exams.  Use the self-study guides for the exam(s) you are focussing on.

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Tables and formulae provided in your exam

Check what tables and formulae are provided in exams in the Certificate in Business Accounting and the Professional Qualification.

  • 2019 Professional Qualification please refer to this guide 

International Accounting Standards for all students of the F pillar and all Case Studies

For advice on the content for the standards that are currently in publication and the relevance to each exam.

  • 2019 Professional Qualification- Please refer to this guide in the study planner

Study articles

Read our blogs and articles to gain insights about assessments, how you can study for your exams and how to prepare for exam day.

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2019 Professional Qualification

We're updating the Professional Qualification to ensure you have the skills needed to thrive in the digital age.

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Calculator guidance - what can be taken into exams

We have recently updated the calculator guidance (dated 3 July 2018) and no other list or guidance which pre-dates this should be used. All Pearson Vue centres have been notified of this update and have been issued with the latest list of acceptable calculators.

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ALL non programmable calculators will be allowed into the exam. These include the Casio FX-83GT Plus and the Casio FX-85GT Plus, which should be accepted by all Pearson Vue exam centres. They are not on the list because we cannot include every single non programmable calculator on the market; those listed in the tables are just examples.

Calculators which are not allowed are those which are fully programmable and have graphing/graphic display properties. An on screen calculator will always be available in the exam.