CIMA-Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CIMA- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CIMA is the world's largest professional body of management accountants. We offer the most relevant finance qualification for business. 98% of the world's top global brands employ CIMA members and students

How is CIMA different?

Eager to kick off your career as a financially qualified business leader and progress quickly? A professional qualification with CIMA is the best preparation for an international career in business. Most accountancy qualifications train people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. CIMA is different. It's rooted in real world business needs, preparing people like you to take your place in the action packed world of UK and international business.

What is management accountancy?

Management accountants don't fit the stereotype of number crunchers. In fact quite the opposite. Chartered Management Accountants are at the heart of all strategic decisions that are key to business success. They work out how much and how many and get results by looking at trends and behaviour. Ever wondered who decides on the price per song on iTunes and how? Or why festival tickets work out more expensive for one day than the whole weekend? This is the role of the management accountant. They operate in all types of organisations, often having top jobs with many going on to run their own business.

What are the entry routes?

CIMA is the natural progression for people with finance and business degrees. If you have already studied a relevant degree or qualification, you may be entitled to exemptions from some CIMA exams.

You don't however need a relevant degree to start your CIMA studies. Graduates in other disciplines will start by studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, which will give them a solid grounding to then progress to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

If you fancy earning while you learn, there are many employers who will sponsor you to study the CIMA Professional Qualification. Visit CIMA MY JOBS to land that first graduate job.

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Who better to hear from on what it's really like to study CIMA than current and former CIMA students?

'Unlike other accountancy qualifications the amount of business emphasis that CIMA has makes it great for anybody pursuing a career in industry.'
Philip Sancto, Finance Executive, Tesco

'I can't think of anyone that isn't doing CIMA. I guess that's reflective of the learning that CIMA offers and the skills set that you gain.'

Matthew Parker, Retail Finance Manager, Topshop/Topman

'If I decide to travel, I know that CIMA is an established qualification throughout the world, because employers have confidence in the qualification.'

Alice Carroll, Consultant, Deloitte