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The benefits
of being a
CGMA candidate

Being a CGMA candidate carries so many benefits, and sometimes it's easy to forget what's on offer and where to find support and advice on your studies. We're here to support you every step of the way as you work hard to attain the CGMA designation and career success.

Click below to find out more about your benefits...

Starting out as a candidate
News & Events
New student induction  

As a new CIMA student we want to make sure you have the information you need to get started with your studies, as well as making the most of the support and benefits available to you. Make sure you check out this page and look out for a series of emails in your inbox and a welcome pack posted to you.

Global customer support  

We know you need to speak to us every now and again. We have customer contact centres in the major regions around the world:

  • The UK
  • Malaysia
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • China

Alternatively, you can also contact your local CIMA office for support.

FM Magazine  

CIMA's official magazine keeps students and members up to date with the latest in the world of business and finance. It covers industry news, analysis, and technical updates, as well as study notes specifically for CIMA students.

Available to view on the website.


Our global student newsletter, Connected, keeps our students informed about all the new resources, student activities and any other information you may find interesting. No subscription needed, just check your mailbox for the next issue!

Local student events  

Whether it's a networking dinner or revision classes, you can take part in local CIMA events near you. There may also be special benefits offered exclusively to CIMA students in your region. Find out more about your local CIMA office and related events.

Studying CGMA
Ethics & Professionalism
On demand, computer based exams  

All our exams are now computer based, offered at over 5000 Pearson VUE exam centres world-wide, increasing exam availability and flexibility. You can schedule exams around all your commitments and study at your own pace. The Objective Tests (including Cert BA exams) are available to take on-demand and Case Study exams for the Professional Qualification are available four times a year.

CGMA Competency Framework  

In preparation for updating the CIMA Professional Qualification syllabus, our global research with employers identified the skills they require from business and finance professionals. This resulted in the development of the CGMA Competency Framework which underpins the CIMA Professional Qualification and allows you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and competence to employers.

Global Learning Scheme  

The CIMA Global Learning Scheme accredits quality tuition providers, helping you find the right tuition for you - whether online, face to face, part time, full time or a combination.  

Whether you're self-studying or studying with a tuition provider you can find a range of products and specific modules on

  • Aptitude - test your exam readiness in practice mode or under timed conditions, simulating the exam environment
  • CIMAstudy - start anytime, study anytime, sit anytime with CIMAstudy modules including over 120 hours of online learning content per subject, online learning materials and access to CIMA Aptitude
  • CIMAstudy Prime - all the benefits of CIMAstudy, plus additional tutor support
Official CIMA textbooks  

The only text books approved and written by CIMA faculty, official CIMA study texts from Kaplan include all the theory you need to pass your exams, plus examples, practice questions and answers.

  • Learn the syllabus
  • Worked examples and activities to reinforce knowledge
  • FREE supplementary materials to help you prepare for exams
Exam preparation  

To get used to the exams it's important for you to familiarise yourself with exams through Pearson VUE and practice for exam success.

Exam tutorial - get familiar with the functionality of the assessments such as how to navigate through the exam and how to answer questions.

Question tutorial - get familiar with the types of questions in the exams and how they're presented.

Practice exams - CIMA Aptitude modules which allow you to test your readiness for the exam under timed conditions.

The Study Planner  

Achieve your study goals with the free Study Planner – use it on desktop, tablet or mobile and create a personalised study plan which fits into your busy schedule. Tick off your progress as you go and keep your studies on track!

CIMA Code of Ethics  

CIMA is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards. CIMA members and students are required to comply with the CIMA Code of Ethics and to adopt the fundamental principles to their working lives.

Watch a short animation and read more about the code.

Ethics eLearning tool  

This student tool is here to help you in your ethical education. It will give you an overview of the CIMA code of ethics and how ethical considerations may appear in the CIMA exams with material drawn from past exam papers and references to various ethics resources.

Access the Student e-Learning tool.

Ethics support guide  

This guide provides an overview of all the ethics support and resources that are available from CIMA Ethics. It is also here to help you as an individual or as part of a team to understand ethics and how to apply it in your working life.

Access the support guide

Ethics checklist  

If you have an ethical dilemma at work and you are unsure of what steps to take, our ethics checklist is here to help you. Follow the checklist to make sure you've covered the right steps to deal with your dilemma.

Exercises, Case Studies and ethics training  

Practice ethical decision making and reflect on your skills as a finance professional with the exercises available here. Complete on your own or practice in a group.

Animations and webcasts  

Access all CIMA ethics webcasts to get an introduction to the code, the benefits and how the code can add value to your career, and the importance of ethics in the accountancy profession. Also access various webcasts regarding ethical dilemmas and tips on how to handle them.

Ethics reading  

Read our ethics newsletter 'Ethical Lens' which covers the most recent ethics and sustainability news from CIMA and beyond. Also access a range of ethics and responsible business articles by year and other reading material and resources.

Ethics helpline  

A free, confidential helpline for members and students facing an ethical dilemma in relation to CIMA's code of ethics. This service helps guide you through the code and consider your course of action and is not a substitute for technical or legal advice.

Please email:

More information on helplines and advice here.

Community networking
Start your career. Stay ahead with your career.
The CIMA social media network  

Keep up-to-date with news, study resources, thought leadership reports, and get some motivation to keep you on track with your studies by following us on our social channels. They are also a great way to connect with other students and members globally. Join in the conversation!

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  LinkedIn

Global customer support  

We know you need to speak to us every now and again. We have customer contact centres in the major regions around the world:

  • The UK
  • Malaysia
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • China

Alternatively, you can also contact your local CIMA office for support.

Industry relevant thought leadership reports  

To equip our students and members with industry insight, we publish a series of reports based on research and findings from academic programmes. All reports and research are available to download now.

Salary Insights tool  

Based on the student and member responses from our annual salary survey, this handy insights tool allows students to see average salaries based on different career factors such as industry, jobs, level of experience and location. Helpful for salary benchmarking when you need it and an indication of how much you can earn by studying CIMA and becoming a CGMA!

Awards by level  

Upon completing each level of the qualification, students will receive an award in the form of certification. These part-qualified designations can be added to your CV as you progress through the CIMA qualification.

  • CIMA Cert BA (when completed the Certificate in Business Accounting)
  • CIMA Dip MA (when completed Operational level of the Professional Qualification)
  • CIMA Adv Dip MA (when completed the Management level of the Professional Qualification)
Start your career. Stay ahead with your career.  

Packed with opportunities from some of the industry’s leading employers — such as Amazon, KPMG and Shell — the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants Global Career Hub is your ultimate career resource. Whether you’re a partially or fully qualified management accountant, you will find an opportunity that best fits you. Apart from this, you can also get expert career advice and access career services to move ahead in your career.

Membership Application Process  

The final step towards becoming a CGMA is the submission of your practical experience requirements (PER). You can submit your PER while studying or after you complete the Strategic level Case Study exam. The sooner you submit your experience, the sooner you will become a CIMA Member, and be able to use the CGMA designation and show the world you are a Chartered Management Accountant.

Employer recognition  

Our qualifications are recognised by employers worldwide. CGMAs work in all of the world's top 100 brands, and are at the heart of thousands of small and medium sized businesses across the world, helping drive sustainable business success.

The CGMA designation  

What you're working towards - CGMA designation holders are the most able, sought after and valued employees in the world.

Gaining the CGMA designation will show employers you are confident, competent and highly employable, with the ability to influence strategy and add value to day to day business operations through your financial expertise and business acumen.

Governed by the CIMA Code of Ethics, CGMAs are partners to businesses, influencing and making better decisions for a better, sustainable future.

The Association  

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and CIMA have created a new accounting association that will represent the breadth of the accounting profession. Through the Association, we aim to accelerate our long-term strategy to ensure we remain most relevant in the management accountancy space. Upon completing the CIMA qualification you will now become a member of the Association. Find out more.

All this supports you on your way to becoming a CGMA. When you become a member a whole range of benefits will be opened up to you.

Find out more about these benefits