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CIMA

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Do you want to be the go-to person in your job for all things finance? Progress in your career with the CIMA qualification. Become a chartered management accountant and work in businesses, lending your expertise in any industry you choose.

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About CIMA

If you’re looking to develop your accountancy skills to lead finance departments or provide management accounting consultancy, CIMA is your ticket. CIMA is split into Certificate, a standalone ‘beginner’ qualification, and Professional, which is split into three levels: Operational, Management, and Strategic.

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting is the entry level qualification into business accounting. No prior knowledge or qualifications are needed. If you have an accountancy or finance degree, or are AAT qualified, you may be eligible to start studying CIMA at the Professional qualification. Otherwise, you must complete the Certificate in Business Accounting first. We provide training for all levels, and we offer four study methods to suit your lifestyle: OnDemand, Classroom, Live Online, and Distance Learning.

Our courses and study material are designed to give you the support you need to succeed, however with all of our courses there is an expectation that you will need to study outside of your scheduled or recorded classes.

The amount of additional time needed will vary per study method, but even with our Live Online and Classroom courses there will be question practice and additional study that will be needed outside of the course material.

At Kaplan we want you to succeed in your qualification, and will support you every step of the way, but we need you to put in the effort too. Practice makes perfect, so make sure to leave as much time as possible for exam preparation and practice questions.

CIMA is made up of four levels:

The Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) is your starting point if you're new to accountancy. You'll learn the fundamentals of business economics, financial accounting, management accounting, and ethical considerations of commercial activity. Most students take around 12 months to complete the qualification, which consists of four subjects, assessed by computer-based exams.

Once you've passed this qualification, you can work in roles such as accounts clerk or within administration roles, and earn between £25,000 - £28,000. You can then move onto studying CIMA Professional qualification, and begin with CIMA Operational.

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CIMA Operational teaches you about organisational management, costs and analysis used in production, and financial reporting and taxation. You also take a Case Study, which tests your overall knowledge of the level. You'll take around 12 months to complete the level.

After completing this level, you can move into roles such as a financial analyst or management accountant, and earn up to £33,000. You can then move onto the CIMA Management level.

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CIMA Management equips you with the skills to perform advanced management accounting and advanced financial reporting tasks. You'll learn how to manage companies, from internal and external contexts. You also take a Case Study, which tests your overall knowledge of the level. You'll take around 12 months to complete the level.

After you pass this level, you can become a fund accountant, financial accountant, or management accountant, and earn up to £34,000. You can then move onto the CIMA Strategic level.

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CIMA Strategic develops your leadership and strategic management abilities, and teaches you about risk management and financial strategy. You also take a Case Study, which tests your overall knowledge of the level. You'll take around 12 months to complete the level.

After completing this level, you can work in challenging and rewarding roles like financial controller, managing director, and financial manager. As a chartered accountant, you could be looking at a starting salary of £35,000, rising to £63,000 and above as you progress in your career. After being chartered for five years, you can look forward to working in roles such as head of finance or CFO.

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Other CIMA courses

If you have an MBA or Masters in Accountancy, CIMA Gateway allows you to progress straight to the Strategic Level of the CIMA Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the Management Level Case Study exam (the Gateway exam).

Gateway students are exempt from all Certificate and Operational subjects and all Management level Objective Test exams. You start at Management Case Study. After this you will then move straight onto the standard Strategic level courses.

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£63k

Average salary

3-4 years

Average time to complete

96%

FTSE 100 firms employ CIMA accountants

179

Countries that CIMA operates in

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Why study CIMA with Kaplan?

When studying with us, you get complete support throughout your entire CIMA learning experience. Our expert tutors provide support until late, seven days a week. We offer four study options that suit a range of different learning styles and lifestyles, and our pass rates consistently exceed the national average.

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CIMA courses

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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Full level (all subjects):

£892.80 — £2,428.80  (inc. VAT)

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CIMA Professional Operational Level

Full level (all subjects):

£1,132.80 — £4,156.80 (inc. VAT)

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CIMA Professional Management Level

Full level (all subjects):

£1,196.80 — £4,524.80 (inc. VAT)

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CIMA Professional Strategic Level

Full level (all subjects):

£1,292.80 — £4,876.80 (inc. VAT)

CIMA Gateway

Full level (all subjects):

£1,359 (inc. VAT)