About CIMA

The Char­tered Insti­tute of Man­age­ment Accoun­tants is an inter­na­tion­ally recog­nised accoun­tancy body with an empha­sis on the devel­op­ment of the man­age­ment account­ing pro­fes­sion. CIMA has 227,000 mem­bers and stu­dents in 179 countries.

Is CIMA for me?

Most accounting qualifications train people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. CIMA prepares people for a career in business. It teaches skills for strategic advice, managing risk and making key decisions.
Qual­i­fy­ing as a Char­tered Man­age­ment Accoun­tant will not only allow you to strengthen your posi­tion in the mar­ket place by giv­ing you the exper­tise to do so, but will also allow you to add sig­nif­i­cant value to your organisation.

The Qualification (structure)


Objec­tive Tests (Oper­a­tional, Man­age­ment and Strate­gic levels)
All Oper­a­tional, Man­age­ment and Strate­gic level PC exams up until the new syl­labus is released in Jan­u­ary 2020, are exam­ined via 90 min­utes computer-​based exams, which are held at Char­terQuest Pear­son VUE Exam Cen­tres. The exams are avail­able on-​demand through­out the year. Book­ing a course with us does not auto­mat­i­cally enter you for the exams; you must make sure you add exam fees dur­ing the book­ing process or book directly on our PC Exams Portal.

Inte­grated Case Study

In addi­tion to sit­ting for your Objec­tive Tests at each level you will need to sit for a 3 hour Case Study PC exam to qual­ify to move to the next CIMA level. There are 3 case study exams which you are required to sit at every level: Oper­a­tional Level Case Study, Man­age­ment Level Case Study & Strate­gic Level Case Study. There are four (4) cycles in which any case study can be writ­ten: Feb­ru­ary, May, August and Novem­ber.

Prac­ti­cal Experience

In addi­tion to pass­ing your exams, you will also need to gain rel­e­vant prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in order to use the let­ters ACMA after your name and call your­self a Char­tered Man­age­ment Accountant.

Your Career Pro­file must include:

  • an assess­ment of prac­ti­cal experience/​membership appli­ca­tion form, signed by a pro­poser and seconder
  • an employ­ment summary
  • a detailed record of your expe­ri­ence (CV)
  • a record of skills development

Once you have decided that CIMA is the route you would like to take, you will need to reg­is­ter as a stu­dent with CIMA. In order to find out more infor­ma­tion about the reg­is­tra­tion process and the fees involved, Click here to be taken directly to the CIMA reg­is­tra­tion page.

At the very lat­est, you must make an appli­ca­tion within four years of com­plet­ing your final CIMA exam: Strate­gic Level Case Study. If you do not sub­mit your Career Pro­file within four years, you will be removed from the register.

We rec­om­mend once you have sucess­fully com­pleted the Man­age­r­ial level exams and have a min­i­mum of three years’ rel­e­vant prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence, you should sub­mit your Career Pro­file for assessment.

Reg­is­tra­tion & Key Dates

Objec­tive Tests: Avail­able on-​demand, through­out the year. Click here to book/​view our PC Pear­son VUE exams cen­tre sched­ule & prices.
Inte­grated Case Study:

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Entry Require­ments
The CIMA pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tion is open to every­one with the drive and desire to suc­ceed in busi­ness. Your entry level will depend on your pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions. You will need to be com­pe­tent in Math­e­mat­ics and the Eng­lish language.
CIMA does offer you exemp­tions depend­ing on your edu­ca­tional back­ground and expe­ri­ence. For exam­ple, if you have already stud­ied a rel­e­vant diploma, degree or qual­i­fi­ca­tion, you may be enti­tled to some exemp­tions from selected CIMA papers. Exemp­tions are awarded only at CIMA’s dis­cre­tion and can­not be granted until you are a reg­is­tered stu­dent. Before book­ing a course with us, we rec­om­mend you check your exemp­tions by search­ing CIMAs online database.

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