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We’re CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. We’re proud to be the largest and most influential body of management accountants in the world. As part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA & CIMA), we’re home to over 650,000 students and members spread across 179 countries and territories around the globe.

About CIMA

About CIMA

Gain the most relevant finance qualification for a business career.

Who are we?

We’re AICPA & CIMA, the world’s largest and most influential body of accountants. Together, we’re the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants® and are home to over 700,000 students and members across 179 countries and territories worldwide. You’ll find our members in various organisations: big and small, public and private. Accountants don’t work in any one industry or role. In fact, 225,000 organisations worldwide employ someone with our qualifications.

Management accounting

For management accounting, CIMA’s Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®) designation is the most relevant finance qualification for a business career and is recognised internationally. Those four letters speak volumes about your skills and know-how and can boost your earning potential, too: CIMA students earn an average of £32,000, rising to £66,000 once qualified.

How can I qualify?

Anyone can study with CIMA to become a CGMA designation holder, whatever their degree discipline. But if you have a related degree in accounting, finance or management, you might be eligible for exemptions . You could bypass some exams and get CGMA status faster than you think.

How do I get started?

The easiest way to obtain the CGMA designation is through the flexible, fast-track, digital pathway, the CGMA Finance Leadership Program (CGMA FLP) . With this program, you can:

  • Pursue a finance qualification alongside your regular studies or after graduating.
  • Qualify in three exams instead of 16.
  • Study anytime, anywhere.
  • Get practical scenario-based learning.
  • Gain skills certificates to showcase your accomplishments.

At CIMA, we work with employers like Accenture, Amazon, Deloitte, Rolls-Royce and many more. Once you start your graduate role, your employer may provide you with financial support and study leave to achieve your CGMA designation.

Discover how you can unlock your business potential with CIMA .

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The AICPA & CIMA works to encourage and promote diversity, equity, & inclusion within the accounting and finance profession and its workforce, as we believe a workplace that is reflective and inclusive of the global communities in which they serve - different people, different cultures, and different perspectives – is greatly positioned to innovatively solve the challenging and complex issues facing clients and the evolving public interest.

How CGMA changed my career - Rebecca Self, Founder and Managing Director, Seawolf Consulting


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