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Thinking about studying CIMA Ireland?

Management accountants are highly sought after, skilled professionals who combine business management with financial and analytical expertise. Studying CIMA demonstrates to employers worldwide that you’re gaining the knowledge and skills they need to drive business success.

  • Why choose CIMA?

    We are the world’s largest professional body of chartered global management accountants, and offer the most relevant accounting qualifications for a career in business and finance. From Ireland to China, the CIMA qualification is recognised by employers internationally. By studying CIMA, you will develop the critical knowledge and skills that employers are looking for and be ready to work in any business – large or small, public or private, all around the world. Our industry-leading assessments and regularly updated qualifications ensure you’ve got the winning edge in the job market.

  • You're in control

    Our on-demand exams and flexible structure put you in control, so you can study at the pace that works for you. You now have more choice than ever: CIMA offers online exams and in many countries you can schedule at test centres. You're in control. You have more choice than ever!

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  • Employers choose CIMA

    If you are considering a career in business and finance and want to develop your future with a world-class employer, CIMA is the professional qualification to have. Thousands of companies around the world, from multinationals to the newest start-ups, in both the public and private sectors, train their people with us.

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Finance Leadership Program

Discover the new digital-first pathway to the CIMA Qualification. Remote access and flexible, self-paced online learning. Exact same syllabus as the Professional qualification.

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Webinar: The flexible route to get CIMA qualified

Watch our information session on the CGMA FLP and learn how you can get certified with the most flexible route to the CIMA Qualification.

*Orignally Broadcast on Thursday, September 23 at 12pm*.

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Find out how CIMA Ireland members in global firms entered the profession and how the CIMA qualification has equipped them to succeed. 


At a glance

Better skills. Better business.

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting elevates people and businesses to success by developing skills and unlocking talent.

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.

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  • Exams: 5 Objective Tests
  • Time to complete: 12-18 months
  • Designation on completion: CIMA Cert BA

Bridging the skills gap

Producing competent and confident management accounting professionals who can guide and lead their organisations to sustainable success.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for business. You’ll develop invaluable finance and business skills and the fundamental knowledge you need to drive business success.

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  • Exams: 12 (nine Objective Tests and three Case Study exams)
  • Time to complete: 3-6 years
  • Designations: CIMA Dip MA (completion of Operational level), CIMA Adv Dip MA (completion of Management level), ACMA CGMA (Admittance to membership)

You can study the CIMA Qualification and become a CIMA member by choosing the new alternative pathway - the CGMA Finance Leadership Program: remote access and flexible, self-paced online learning; exact same syllabus as the Professional qualification.

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Are you a current student in Ireland? You can choose to switch to the CGMA FLP.

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  • Syllabus: Exact same syllabus as the Professional qualification
  • Time to complete: 1, 2 or 3 year subscription that includes your registration, learning, exam preparation, assessments and exams.
  • Self-paced digital environment - Online courses you can do anytime, anywhere, at your pace.
  • Entirely online - All your learning, assessments and Case Study exam preparation takes place within a comprehensive online platform.
  • Tutor videos, interactive exercises, business simulation assignments and mock exams

Have a question? 

If you have a question about your entry route and any possible exemptions you may be entitled to, in the island of Ireland, please submit your details or send us an email, and the CIMA Ireland team will contact you soon! 

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Getting started with CIMA

  • Choose your entry route

    Anyone can study CIMA, whether you’re new to business and accounting or already have some experience. Before registering, find out more about your entry route in Ireland, including information on possible exemptions and where you'll begin studying.

  • Register with CIMA

    Register now and start studying the most relevant global qualification for a career in business and finance. Studying CIMA demonstrates to employers worldwide that you’re gaining the knowledge and skills they need to drive business success.

  • Decide on your study method

    CIMA offers various study options for you to choose from, so it’s important to choose the right learning method for you. View all of the study options in one place with our handy study shop tool.

Recording Webinars

Find useful recording webinars which provide an overview of the CIMA Qualification and the skills you will learn. Hear CIMA Ireland students talking about their journey with CIMA, and how studying CIMA has added value to their careers and to the organisations they work with.

How much does it cost?

Find out how much it costs to study CIMA, remembering to take in to account your registration, annual subscription and exam fees along with costs associated with your preferred study method.

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Are there graduate programmes?

Yes, of course. 

If you are looking to study CIMA while working once you graduate from your third level studies, then applying for a graduate position is a great idea. These companies will support you while you study and help you gain valuable workplace experience at the same time.

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How much can I earn?

A CIMA qualification can increase your earning potential, even while you are still studying. Our global salary surveys show what you can expect to earn as a fully qualified or part-qualified professional.

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What misconceptions do people have about your job?

Typically people think that my role in finance is just to report numbers when in actual fact it is to deliver insights that drive business performance.

Trever Roe ACMA, CGMA, Commercial Analyst Take Home Trade, Diageo Read Trevor's case study

What are your thoughts about studying CIMA?

The beauty of studying CIMA is that you are not just limiting yourself to financial accounting.

Aishling Collins, ACMA, CGMA, Treasury Accountant, Kerry Group PLC (North America) Read Aishling's case study

How did you balance study with working full time?

The CIMA qualification is extremely flexible in terms of sitting exams so you can plan your study and exams around important events.

Steven Scullion, ACMA, CGMA, Client Services Accountant, Augentius (UK) Ltd Read Steven's case study