Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is a UK based professional accountancy body whose focus is on the training and qualifying of accountants in business. It represents financial managers and accountants who work in industry, commerce, not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Its key activities are related to strategies for use within business. CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants. It offers the most relevant finance qualification for business. CIMA’s syllabus is designed to deliver a strong understanding of all aspects of business so our members can contribute in many areas of an organization. It teaches skills for strategic advice, managing risk and making key decisions.
Anyone can study CIMA, whether you’re new to business and accounting or already have some experience. The only requirements are competence in mathematics and the English language.
You may be eligible for exemptions from some CIMA exams, depending on the degree you hold or are studying for. If you hold an MBA or Master’s in Accounting, you may be eligible for our Master’s gateway route.
As a school leaver, you start CIMA by studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, which will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of management accounting. The certificate is a standalone qualification as well as being the stepping stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification.
As a member of another professional body, you may be eligible for a fast track route into the CIMA qualification. Click here for details.
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