Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

About CIMA

Established in 1919, CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants®) is known all over the world as the largest professional body of management accountants. CIMA was set up to not just help individuals, but also businesses to be successful through the use of management accounting. Management accounting is not simply accounting for the balance sheet but is accounting for the entire business.  

Partnering with AICPA (the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), in 2012 CIMA founded the CGMA (the Chartered Global Management Accountant) designation, supplying members with even more resources and increased recognition.  

Through drawing on the CGMA Global Management Accounting Principles© and CGMA Competency Framework, the CIMA syllabus aids high-performing professionals, assisting them in becoming successful in the finance and business worlds. 

CIMA consistently supplies:

  •  Services aimed at improving members professional development.
  •  Helps fund financial and business academic research.
  •  Helps develop thought leadership.
  •  Reviews and monitors the current professional standards.
  •  Ensures a code of ethics is maintained for its members.
  •  Works in tandem with the external tuition providers and assessment services, ensuring they provide the highest quality study and examination experience possible.

Members of CIMA and AICPA formed an association in 2017 called the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. This was created to unite and improve the accounting sector around the world. Through the representation of over 650,000 members and students in management/public accounting, this organisation now gets the accountants of today prepared for current challenges in accounting, and future opportunities in the sector.


Becoming CIMA certified will give you a multitude of benefits, and being able to use a skill that is high in demand around the world. 

These benefits include:

There are no requirements for you to study for a CIMA qualification. This is perfect for those wanting to break into the finance industry or want to change to a new career. 

Known around the world in 179 countries, gaining a CIMA qualification will open you up to new career opportunities all around the world. 

Gain the gold standard finance qualification. Over 96% of the FTSE 100 companies place CIMA qualified professionals in their finance divisions. 

Increase your wages. CIMA accredited members (CGMA’s), on average earn over £66,000*. On top of this, 63% of CIMA accredited members gain bonuses within the first 12 months. 

All CIMA courses are flexible, ensuring you can manage the different commitments you may have, be it work, family commitments, or leisure time, alongside you working on your CIMA qualification. 

With over 650,000 current and next-generation accounting professionals** around the world on CIMA’s global network, you will have the chance to network with thousands of similar professionals to you in the industry. 

*Source - CIMA

**Source - 2019 Association of International Certified Professional Accountants Salary Survey

Career Opportunities

By gaining accounting knowledge and skills through the CIMA syllabus, you will be well-equipped to take on a variety of different business and accounting roles in any company. As you progress by completing each CIMA certification, from the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting to the CIMA Professional Qualification, employers will quickly see your potential and can gain employment with earnings over £60,000 per year.

Regardless of if you are just entering the industry or looking to be promoted, gaining a CIMA qualification will vastly enhance your CV, increasing your employability and opening you up to more career opportunities. These opportunities will not be limited to just the bank and accounting sectors, but every industry and company require competent, highly qualified finance individuals. 

Gaining a new skill and improving your current skills will vastly improve your career prospects. While studying for a CIMA qualification, you will gain skills you will use daily in your career and improve your overall knowledge of accountancy. 

Are you working in the finance industry already? There are a multitude of different routes you could go into in your career as a finance professional, from working as an administrator to leading the team and making high-level decisions as a senior manager. Our previous students have had fulfilling and long-lasting careers in Management Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll, and Finance.

Which certification?

Although most CIMA qualifications have no requirements, some courses will be best for those with more experience and knowledge of finance. 

Below is a short break-down of the variety of different CIMA courses we currently offer to our students:

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (BA1, BA2, BA3, BA4)

  •  BA1 – Fundamentals of Business Economics
  •  BA2 – Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  •  BA3 – Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  •  BA4 – Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance, and Business Law

CIMA Professional Qualification (Operational, Management & Strategic Level)

CIMA Sage Qualifications

How to get certified

Need help getting started? Our professional Course Consultants are available and happy to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch today and we can talk through your options to find the best course for you.

We are excited to welcome you and help you towards starting your illustrious career with CIMA!