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What CIMA exemptions can I get?

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If you’re considering studying CIMA, you may already have some qualifications that make you exempt for parts of the qualification. This means you may not have to sit all of the exams. Here are some exemptions that may apply to you.

Who is eligible for CIMA exam exemptions?

You may qualify for exam exemptions if you:

  • Are a graduate with a qualification listed in CIMA’s database of accredited programmes,
  • Have a degree related to the CIMA syllabus,
  • Are an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) student or member,
  • Have an MBA or a Master's in Accounting,
  • Are a member or passed finalist of ICWAI or ICMAB, or a member of ICMAP,
  • Are studying or have completed a relevant qualification with another professional body.

Studied AAT?

If you’ve completed the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4 - the final level of AAT) you are exempt from having to sit the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, certificate level, and can start at the Professional level.

Undergraduate or graduate?

If you have a degree in a related field such as accounting and finance, business administration, or economics you may be exempt from parts of the CIMA qualification.

Here are some examples:

With an accounting or finance degree you may be exempt from all certificate and operational level exams.

If you have a business or management degree you may be exempt from all certificate level exams.

You can check if your degree makes you eligible for exemptions with CIMA’s exemption search.

Ready for CIMA?

If you are interested in CIMA, exemptions or not, check out our CIMA pages for more information and how you can get studying straight away.

Do, however, note that exemptions are awarded because you are deemed to already have the knowledge of the subject. It may be worth recapping some of the knowledge just to make sure.

CIMA have published blueprints for all of the Professional syllabus, which will show you exactly what you should know at each subject.