From school to CIMA
CIMA can offer you an alternative qualification to university that is highly valued by employers worldwide.
You'll start with our entry level qualification, the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA). This will help you build your business and financial knowledge. It's a recognised qualification in its own right and a great introduction to the world of business, whether you're looking to secure a top job or run your own business. Upon completion you can use the letters CIMA Cert BA after your name.
Undergraduates and graduates
Studying CIMA after university and boosting your degree with a professional qualification is a strong career move.
You don't need a relevant degree to start your CIMA studies; graduates in any degree discipline can study CIMA. You'll start with the CIMA Cert BA. It's a recognised qualification in its own right and can also be a stepping-stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification.
If you've already completed a relevant degree, like accounting or business, you may be entitled to exemptions from some CIMA exams, allowing you to progress onto the Professional Qualification sooner.
MBA and Master's in Accounting holders
If you hold a Master's or MBA in Accounting, you can take the accelerated Master's Gateway route to the CIMA Professional Qualification. You'll just need to pass the CIMA Gateway exam, which is a three-hour computer-based case study exam, available four times a year.
Once you've passed the CIMA Gateway exam, you'll be exempt from 12 exams and can progress straight to the strategic level of the CIMA Professional Qualification, the final step towards CGMA status.
Students or members of other professional bodies
If you don't fit into any of the above entry routes, you can still study CIMA. Find out more about the Cert BA and the Professional Qualification and register today.