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Our qualifications are respected worldwide and provide a unique blend of skills to help people and businesses succeed.

  • Why choose CIMA?

    CIMA provides the fundamental knowledge you need to build a successful career in business or finance, and helps you develop the critical skills that employers are looking for. You’ll be ready to work in any business – large or small, public or private, all around the world. Our industry-leading assessments and regularly updated syllabus ensure you’ve got the winning edge in the job market.

  • The CIMA difference

    With CIMA you won't just be learning to crunch the numbers, you will develop the critical knowledge and skills that employers, worldwide, are looking for. Find out more about why you should choose to become a CGMA with CIMA.

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  • CGMA Competency Framework

    The CGMA Competency Framework is the model that helps us understand the knowledge and skills the business world needs from finance and business professionals.

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CIMA's exam options

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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.

Students without any exemptions or a finance or accounting background 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: 4 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)

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program (FLP) is a guided, digital-first learning and assessment experience. It’s your online route to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA®) Professional Qualification and the Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA) designation.

As there is no Objective Test (OT) exam date to schedule or work towards, you can study when you want, wherever you are, and even learn the topics in whichever order you like. Case study exams can be sat at an assessment centre or taken remotely online, thus creating a true digital learning experience.

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An apprenticeship is suitable for almost anyone; graduates, school leavers, new employees as well as people already in work looking to upskill. Apprenticeships are available to anyone living in England, who is over the age of 16, and not in full-time education. The CIMA qualification combines accounting, finance and management with the business skills and techniques you’ll need to add real value to any organization.

Supplementing your studies with an apprenticeship may be difficult to juggle, but that workplace experience can give your career a perfect start.

CIMA offers apprenticeships at two levels, Level 4 and Level 7.

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CIMA leads in Islamic finance through a suite of award-winning self-study qualifications that meet market demands and requirements.

If you're a finance, accounting or law professional working in manufacturing, fossil fuel extraction and almost any other industry or sectors seeking to trade or who seek finance for future investment in a Shari’ah compliant manner, then studying one of our Islamic finance qualification is for you.

There are three levels of qualifications:

  • CIMA Certificates in Islamic finance
  • CIMA diploma in Islamic finance (CDIF)

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Future-proof your career with CIMA

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  • Exemptions

    If you already hold a degree or other relevant qualification, you may be eligible for exemptions from one or more subjects from CIMA's CGMA Professional Qualification.

  • Study options

    CIMA’s flexible structure and on-demand exams put you in the driving seat - giving you complete control over how, when and where you study - so the way you study will hold the key to your exam success.

  • Register with CIMA

    Ready to take the first step towards a successful career in business and finance? Register with CIMA today and kick-start your studies.