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CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CIMA needs no introduction. Their courses allow professionals to earn the required experience levels and certifications to undertake careers in management accounting. These qualifications will also enable you to work within business finance roles. Through these qualifications you can develop a thorough foundation in the finance industry, which will enable you to build a rewarding career, with excellent progression. CIMA… Helping people and businesses to succeed.

CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

What is CIMA?

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, also known as CIMA, is the world’s leading awarding body for Management Accountants. They were initially founded in 1919, and in 1986 were granted a Royal Charter, becoming a globally recognised accounting qualification.

The organisation are members of the International Federation of Accountants, and in partnership with AICPA, formed the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants - a global accounting network of more than 650,000 members and students. The awarding body has more than 227,000 members and students alone in over 179 countries, providing great networking opportunities with like-minded individuals within the finance industry.


Why choose CIMA?

A CIMA qualification will allow professionals to gain essential experience and certifications to embark on careers in management accounting or business finance roles. They are the perfect opportunity to develop a concrete foundation in the finance industry, enabling you to build a solid, rewarding career with fantastic progression opportunities. There are great opportunities to study CIMA via eLearning, through a CIMA online course.  

Studying members of the awarding body earn approximately £32,000 on average, and qualified professionals on average can earn a salary of up to £60,000.

Some of our previous e-Careers students have embarked upon successful careers in management accounting, bookkeeping and payroll, and finance. A CIMA course equips you with essential business and management accounting knowledge at the highest level, which ensures every individual has the relevant skills to match their desired role in the finance industry.

Gaining the CIMA Professional Certificate will provide you will a well-rounded approach to business endeavours and enhance your knowledge in technical accounting, management, operations and strategy to name a few.

If you're wondering about the best route into accounting, read our blogpost - 'How to get into Accounting'. 

Key benefits of CIMA

  • Largest management accounting community: Become part of the world’s largest management accounting community and gain opportunities through networking with others in the finance industry.
  • Learn key industry skills: CIMA courses offer the highest level of business and management accounting knowledge, providing you with the relevant skills to succeed in your professionalism.
  • Support and guidance: Career guidance and continued professional development programmes are available with all CIMA courses, meaning career success is achievable following completion.
  • Globally recognised qualification: The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is a globally regarded organisation and holders of its qualifications are instantly recognised for their invaluable skills and knowledge.
  • Valuable candidates: Organisations can benefit from employing CIMA qualified professionals as they can save a business money through their thorough understanding of processes and efficiencies.

Opportunities with a CIMA Qualification

A CIMA qualification will provide you with the critical knowledge that is in demand with employers and prepares you to work in any business. As you progress from the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, on to the CIMA Professional Qualification, you'll be desired more by employers and as such can command a higher salary, exceeding £70,000 per annum. 

CIMA Courses

Job Prospect

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Salary Range


CIMA Professional Qualification                                     

Chartered Accountant, Management Accountant

£25k - £70k

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Chartered Accountant, Business Accountant, Financial Advisor

£30k - £50k

CIMA Online Courses 

There are a wide range of CIMA online courses, which you can either take in one package (and save money), or one module at a time. See the full breakdown below: 

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting 

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (BA1, BA2, BA3, BA4)

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting: BA1 – Fundamentals of Business Economics

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting: BA2 – Fundamentals of Management Accounting

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting: BA3 – Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting: BA4 – Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

CIMA Professional Qualification  

CIMA Professional Qualification (E1, P1, F1, E2, P2, F2, E3, P3, F3)

CIMA Professional Qualification – Operational Level (E1, P1, F1)

CIMA Professional Qualification – Management Level (E2, P2, F2)

CIMA Professional Qualification – Strategic Level (E3, P3, F3)

CIMA Sage Qualifications  

CIMA Accredited – Certificate in Sage 50

CIMA Sage 50 Certificate & Higher Certificate Package

CIMA Accredited – Higher Certificate in Sage 50

Considering a career in Accounting? Read our blogpost 'How to get into Accounting', for more advice and tips. 

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