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CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CIMA is the world’s leading and largest professional body of Management Accountants, with over 100 years experience and an outstanding reputation in the business and finance sectors. They leverage their heritage and history to provide excellent training. Through CIMA study, passing the CIMA exams and gaining CIMA qualifications, you are able to both learn the required knowledge to start a career in Management Accounting or explore other professional Business Finance roles.

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 280,000 members and students alone in over 179 countries, providing great networking opportunities with like-minded individuals within the finance industry.

They are two main options for CIMA study: CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and CIMA Professional Qualification (Operational Level, Management Level and Strategic Level). 


Why choose CIMA?

A CIMA qualification provides individuals who are looking for a career in business finance with essential knowledge, skills and techniques, to be able to confidently work within management accounting or business finance roles. CIMA will help delegates to develop a solid understanding of the finance industry, enabling them to build a rewarding career with fantastic career progression opportunities. 

Here at e-Careers we offer a range of excellent CIMA study opportunities via eLearning, through our CIMA online courses.  

Once students have earned their CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, their earning potential is around £32,000 a year. Once they have become fully qualified through completion of the CIMA Professional Qualification, their average salary rises in excess of £60,000 a year.

Previous e-Careers students have generated successful careers in Management Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll, and Finance.

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

Key benefits of CIMA

  • There are no prerequisites to start studying CIMA: Anyone can start studying CIMA at anytime. This makes it the ideal qualification for those new to the finance industry or looking for a career change. 
  • CIMA qualifications are recognised across 179 countries: This makes for many opportunities to work abroad. 
  • Highly recognised by employers: 96% of FTSE 100 firms employ CIMA qualified individuals.
  • Boost to earnings: CIMA members (CGMA's) typically earn £66,000* and 63% of CIMA students expect to receive a bonus within 12 months. 
  • Large Global network: CIMA boasts a global network of over 650,000 current and next generation finance professionals**.

*Source - CIMA

**Source - 2019 Association of International Certified Professional Accountants Salary Survey

Opportunities with a CIMA Qualification

Earning your CIMA qualification ensures you have the essential knowledge and skills required in business finance roles, helping you to confidently work in many different business or finance roles within an organisation. As you progress from the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, to the CIMA Professional Qualification, you will become sought after by employers and as such typical salaries can often exceed £60,000+. 

CIMA Courses

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CIMA Professional Qualification: 

CIMA Operational Level

CIMA Management Level 

CIMA Strategic Level                                  

Chartered Accountant, Management Accountant

£32k - £60k+

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Chartered Accountant, Business Accountant, Financial Advisor

£25k - £35k

CIMA Online Courses 

e-Careers offers a wide range of CIMA qualifications online, through our eLearning platform.

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting 

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

  • BA1 – Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 – Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 – Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • BA4 – Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

CIMA Professional Qualification  

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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