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CIMA Strategic Level

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The final module in the CIMA Professional qualification, CIMA Strategic Level focuses on long-term strategic decision making. Upon completion, you will become a CIMA chartered management accountant.
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Complete the CIMA Strategic Level module to begin your career as a chartered management accountant

The final step in the CIMA Professional qualification, the Strategic level will enable you to support organisational leaders to craft strategy, evaluating and managing risks that might prevent organisations from successfully implementing strategy.

CIMA certificate levels

CIMA entry requirements

Generally speaking, you will need a good level of maths and English in order to succeed in this course, as well as a relevant degree/accounting credentials such as AAT or ACCA qualifications, or the CIMA Cert BA to begin the CIMA Professional qualification. To progress to this stage, you must also have completed the Operational and Management Level modules.


The Strategic level consists of three computer-based Objective Tests and one case study.

CIMA’s Three Learning Pillars

  • Enterprise pillar

Focuses on the role of the finance function and how it interacts with the organisation through the use of data and technology.


  • Performance pillar

Uses the tools and techniques of management accounting and risk management to ensure that strategy is realistic and to monitor its implementation.


  • Financial pillar

Focuses on the financial accounting and reporting obligations of the organisation. 

CIMA Strategic Level subjects

E3 will inform you of the foundation of strategic management and deliver an understanding of the dynamics of the organisational ecosystem. It will show how strategy is implemented, how objectives are achieved, and how change is managed.

You will discover how to identify, evaluate and manage enterprise risks in P3. You will also discover where strategic risks emanate from, how to evaluate them and understand how oversight of these risks is critical to the governance of the organisation.

In F3, you will learn the different strategic financial objectives and policy options that are open to organisations. You will become aware of the sources of financial risk and how to evaluate and manage these appropriately, as well as techniques in business valuation to assess whether a company has created and preserved value within the organisation.

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CIMA Strategic Level cost

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Frequently asked questions

  • Strategic level is the third and final level of the CGMA Professional Qualification and consists of three subject areas, and the Strategic level case study exam. It focuses on long-term strategic decision making.

  • The CIMA qualification is considered a world-leader in accounting credentials and as such the content is challenging. However, providing you have the right experience and dedicate time to your studies, you will be able to pass with flying colours.

  • On average, students take one year to complete this level.

  • CIMA’s suggested order of study is to begin with the Enterprise pillar subject (E3, in this scenario), then move to the Performance then the Financial pillar. The syllabus has been designed as such so that each pillar will provide context for the next.

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