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Practical experience requirements (PER)

A guide to submitting your PER

In order to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), you need a minimum of three years' verified relevant work-based practical experience.

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

Your PER application will be assessed to determine whether you have gained sufficient experience to be awarded Associate membership – giving you the associate chartered management accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations.

Existing requirements

Updated requirements

Choosing the right requirements for you

There are two routes available when applying for CIMA membership. Each route is different in its process and the practical experience requirements which it uses. 

Paper-based route (existing requirements)

Our straightforward, paper-based route enables you to apply for CIMA membership by submitting a simple application by email, post, or by bringing your completed application with you to a face-to-face membership assessment session. At the membership assessment session you will meet with an assessor to discuss your application and receive a same-day result. This route uses our Existing Practical Experience Requirements only and students often find this to be the smoothest route to membership. 

Online route (updated requirements)

Our online route uses our Membership Application Tool (MAT) to apply for CIMA membership. This route uses our Updated Practical Experience Requirements only, and is aligned with the CGMA Competency Framework. As this method of application is online, there is a thorough screening process put in place which requires more checks.