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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants.

We provide continuing professional development services, fund academic research, develop thought leadership, monitor professional standards, maintain a code of ethics for members, and work with external tuition providers and assessment services to provide the best study and examination experience.

In 2017, members of CIMA and AICPA formed the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants to unite and strengthen the accounting profession globally. Representing an influential network of more than 696,000 members and students in management and public accounting, the Association prepares accountants for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.


The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA) is founded


Name changes to the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA)


ICMA is granted a Royal Charter


Name changes to The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® (CIMA)


CIMA members are given the right to use the title Chartered Management Accountant


AICPA and CIMA enter into a joint venture


AICPA and CIMA launch the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation


AICPA and CIMA introduce the CGMA Competency Framework

AICPA and CIMA launch the Global Management Accounting Principles


CIMA moves to computer-based assessments 


AICPA and CIMA members approve the creation of a new global association to represent public and management accounting around the world


AICPA and CIMA form the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

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