THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS (CIMA)
CIMA was founded in 1919 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1986. CIMA is the world’s largest and leading professional body of Management Accountants. Through the partnership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), CIMA support 150,000 Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) across the globe. CIMA is perceived as the most relevant Accounting qualification for business with CIMA professionals working throughout industry, not-for-profit and public sector organisations. It is not just an Accounting qualification, but also covers business management making CIMA professionals capable of driving the Business Strategy of organisations.
The CIMA CertBA will be the starting point of becoming a globally recognised Chartered Global Management Accountant. When you have completed all exams (or qualified through exemptions) you can progress on to the CIMA Professional Qualification.
The CIMA Cert BA is made up of four subjects. Click on each subject below to find out more. BA1 - Fundamentals of Business Economics BA2 - Fundamentals of Management Accounting BA3 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting BA4 - Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
Age 16 and above
The structure and assessment approach
The syllabus is split into three pillars ( E , P & F ) and three levels (Operational , Management & Strategic) These Levels comprises 12 exams: nine Objective Tests, and three Case Study exams. Objective Tests are 90 minutes long, computer based and available on demand at Pearson VUE assessment centres. Case Study exams are 3 hours long and available in four windows throughout the year, also computer-based and available at Pearson VUE assessment centres worldwide.
The syllabus is split into three pillars ( E , P & F ) and three levels (Operational , Management & Strategic) These Levels comprises 12 exams: nine Objective Tests, and three Case Study exams.
This is first level of the Professional Qualification and consists of three computer based Objective Tests and one Case Study exam. The Operational level focuses on the short term and the implementation of decisions. Candidates will be able to work with others in the organisation and use appropriate data and technology to translate medium term decisions into short term actionable plans. After successfully completing this level, students will receive the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Dip MA).
This is the second level of the Professional Qualification and consists of three computer based Objective Tests and one Case Study. The Management level focuses on translating long term decisions into medium term plans. Candidates will be able to use data and relevant technology to manage organisational and individual performance, allocate resources to implement decisions; monitor and report implementation of decisions; as well as prepare and interpret financial statements to show performance. On completion, you receive the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Adv Dip MA).
This is the third level of the Professional Qualification and consists of three computer based Objective Tests and one Case Study exam. The Strategic level focuses on long term strategic decision making. Candidates will be able to support organisational leaders to craft strategy; evaluate and manage risks that might prevent organisations from successfully implementing strategy; value organisations; and source financial resources required to implement of strategy. On successful completion of the practical experience requirements, students will be admitted to associate membership and granted the associate chartered management accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations.
The BA (Hons) International Business and Finance from UWS, offered by ICBS is eligible for 11 exemptions, the maximum exemptions awarded by CIMA for any Undergraduate Degree programme. Students will then need to attempt the final 5 examinations to complete the qualification.