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CIMA Certificate In Business Accounting

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The CIMA Certificate In Business Accounting helps students with little or no accounting experience to harness their true business potential, developing skills and unlocking talent. It’s the perfect stepping stone toward a career in business and finance, teaching core business and finance skills beyond simple financial accounting.
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Unlock your business potential with the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Forming the first level of the complete CIMA course, the CIMA BA cert is also a qualification in its own right. It provides a formal entry route into CIMA’s CGMA Professional Qualification, and once students successfully complete both qualifications they will qualify for CIMA membership and be awarded the CGMA designation.

CIMA certificate levels

  • CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA BA Cert)
  • CIMA Professional Qualification

CIMA entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.


Each level will involve assessments, that you will need to sit and book directly with CIMA. The Business Accounting Course involves four papers, which typically take 12 months to complete.


Certificate in Business Accounting modules

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

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Frequently asked questions

  • This is the equivalent of a foundation degree in Accounting and is designed to help individuals who want to pursue a career in accounting.

  • You may be eligible to go straight into the CIMA Professional Qualification if you already have a relevant degree in business or finance, hold a relevant ATT or ACCA qualification or have another exemption recognised by CIMA. You can check the full list of exemptions on the CIMA website.

  • Whilst our courses are designed for you to study at your own pace, this course generally takes learners around 12-18 months to complete.

  • CIMA course material is complex, particularly if you have limited previous accounting experience or work full time. However, it is absolutely not beyond anyone’s ability - it simply requires commitment and regular study.

  • It isn’t a degree but it is considered to be the equivalent to a foundation degree.

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