CIMA Qualification

The CIMA Qualification is among the world’s most recognised finance qualifications. The CIMA qualification sets the standard for management accountancy training and, once completed, you’ll be awarded with Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) status.


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Course Overview

Whether you’re a finance or business graduate, are already AAT/ACCA-qualified, or are just starting out in your accountancy career, our CIMA online course is designed to arm you with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for management accountancy. 

Course Structure

The CIMA qualification is divided into four levels. Complete level 1 and you’ll receive the Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA). Once you pass levels 2, 3 and 4, you’ll be awarded Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) status.

  • The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) is a qualification in its own right and consists of four papers. Upon completion, you can progress onto the Operational Level of the CGMA PQ.

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

  • This level focuses on short-term decision-making. You’ll learn how to implement actionable plans and report on performance. Once you pass this level, you’ll be awarded with a CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Dip MA) and will be able to progress to the Management Level.

    E1 Managing Finance in a Digital World
    P1 Management Accounting
    F1 Financial Reporting
    Operational Level Case Study

  • This level is all about how to translate long-term decisions into medium-term plans. You’ll understand how to manage individual and organisational performance and gain a deeper understanding of how to monitor and report on decision-making. Pass this level and you’ll receive the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Adv Dip MA).

    E2 Managing Performance
    P2 Advanced Management Accounting
    F2 Advanced Financial Reporting
    Management Level Case Study

  • The final level is centred around strategic, long-term decision-making. Once you pass this level, you’ll be granted the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, and will be able to advise organisational leaders around strategy, risk management and business valuations.

    E3 Strategic Management
    P3 Risk Management
    F2 Financial Strategy
    Strategic Level Case Study

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  • CIMA’s CGMA PQ is designed to give you the expertise in accounting, management and finance that’s needed to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

  • CIMA stands for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. This is the awarding body for the CGMA qualification.

  • The CIMA qualification combines accounting, finance and management with the business skills and techniques you’ll need for many entry, mid and high-level accounting roles. Your StaySharp subscription contains learning material for all levels required to qualify for the Certificate in Business Accounting and CIMA’s CGMA Professional Qualification.

  • There are no formal entry requirements for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. For CIMA's CGMA Professional Qualification, and to start studying for these exams, you must have completed the Business Accounting qualification (which is included in this subscription) or have relevant exemptions. Visit the CIMA website to check whether you are eligible to study CIMA courses online or are exempt from any of the exams.

  • Your StaySharp subscription includes access to all the learning resources you need to prepare for your exams, but you will need to book your exams separately. The cost of each CIMA exam varies For more information, please visit the CIMA website.

  • For each paper you will have access to an online workbook, exam practice kit, pre recorded videos, and lots of practice questions and assessments - everything you need to pass the real exam

  • It can take, on average, around three years to complete your CIMA course. However, you may study at a pace that’s faster or slower than this, and you might need to resit some of your exams if you don’t pass first time. You will also need three years of relevant work experience before you can become awarded the CGMA designation. (though you can study and sit the exams without needing any prior experience).

  • The entire CGMA Professional Qualification is exam-based. Each level includes three objective test exams (which are 90 minutes long) as well as a three-hour case study exam. Our CIMA online courses contain everything you will need to study to prepare you to pass your exams.

  • As you progress through the qualification, you will be CIMA part-qualified. This means that you have completed certain exams and CIMA courses online but have not finished all the qualification’s modules yet.

  • Both the objective tests and case study exams are available to sit throughout the year. You can choose to take your exams in over 5,000 Pearson VUE assessment centres worldwide or at home via remote invigilation.

  • Due to intellectual property laws, it’s not possible to download the majority of course materials. You’ll need an active internet connection to authenticate your account and access your learning content. However, some course videos are available to download and watch later.

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