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Why choose CIMA?

Why choose CIMA?

Why choose CIMA?

CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants offering the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business.

If you are considering a career in business and finance, the CIMA qualification will open doors with employers all over the world. As a CIMA management accountant you’ll earn more and go further.

Studying CIMA prepares people for a career in business. It teaches skills for strategic advice, managing risk and making key decisions, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to work across all areas of the business, not just the accounts team.

The CIMA qualification will:

  • Boost your earnings
  • Make you more employable across all areas of business
  • Open doors to global opportunities

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Who is CIMA for?


Anyone can study CIMA, whether you’re new to finance and business or an experienced professional.

Undergraduates and Graduates

Boost your undergraduate degree (and CV) with the CIMA qualification, recognised and valued by businesses around the world. Whatever your degree subject you can study CIMA now - relevant degrees will be entitled to exemptions, saving time and getting your career started even sooner! 

MBA and Masters in Accounting holders

Complement your prior studies with CIMA, the most relevant finance qualification for a career in business. By gaining the CGMA designation you'll be able to add value to your MBA or Masters in Accounting, top up your skillset and solidify your learning.

Everyone else

Anyone can study CIMA, whether you already work in business and finance, want to change career or even run your own business. Take the first step to a fulfilling career in business or finance today!

Accounting technicians

You've come this far, don't stop now! As an accounting technician student or member, you can take the next step in your career right now and start studying for the globally recognised CIMA qualification. With our updated syllabus you will learn valuable new business and finance skills as you train to become a CGMA. 

MSc in strategic Management Accounting

Graduates of this intensive programme at UCD Smurfit School can fast-track to the final CIMA exam, saving time and gaining the CGMA designation on completion of just one exam and completion of the practical experience requirements. 

Find out more about exemptions offered for each entry route


CIMA open evenings

CIMA open evenings
Gain the skills employers need!

The globally recognised CIMA qualification blends management accounting, financial accounting and business to ensure you have the skills employers need to drive business forward.

Come to one of our October open evenings to find how you can take the first step to a successful and fulfilling career in business or finance:

Belfast - Thurs 13 Oct, 6pm - Clayton Hotel
Dublin - Thurs 13 Oct, 6pm - CIMA Ireland office, Harcourt Road
Online information session - Thurs 20 Oct, 1pm

Recruitment specialists Morgan McKinley will be speaking at the Dublin open evening, and Hays in Belfast, about career opportunities and earning potential for CIMA qualifieds.

Tuition providers, CIMA affiliated employers and CIMA students/members will also be in attendance to share insight, experience and advice. 

Take the first step in your CIMA journey today...Scroll down to register to attend.

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Find out more about starting your CIMA journey

How to get started?


Step 1: Once you have decided that CIMA is for you, you need to register with CIMA online or call 01 6430400.

Step 2: Apply for exemptions. Email copies of all transcripts and certificates to and you will be advised if you are eligible for exemptions.

Step 3: Choose your study option.

Step 4: Book your exams. CIMA's on-demand exams and flexible structure allow you to progress through your exams as and when you are ready.

How much will it cost?


CIMA students pay a one-off registration fee, an annual subscription fee, and a fee for each exam or exemption.

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting


The Certificate

The Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) is CIMA’s entry level accounting qualification. Whatever career path you wish to take, the CIMA Cert BA offers you the opportunity to develop your business and financial knowledge.

It is a valuable qualification in its own right. Upon completion you will be awarded the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and can use the letters CIMA Cert BA after your name. It can also be a stepping stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification.


Certificate level exams are computer based and are on demand - they can be taken all year. The Certificate level syllabus comprises of five subjects with one exam for each subject and all five exams must be passed to complete the level. The five exams can be taken in any order. 

Study options


CIMA can be studied in a number of different ways to suit your preference and lifestyle. Make sure the option you choose will suit you and the way you learn best.

Face-to-face classroom courses with a tuition provider

You will be studying with others and have a tutor on hand to ask any questions.

Study with official CIMA textbooks and study materials

This option requires high levels of discipline and self-motivation.

Study online

You can start anytime, study anytime and sit your exam anytime.

CIMA Professional Qualification


The structure

The syllabus is built on three pillars: enterprise, performance and financial. There are also three distinct levels: operational, management and strategic. Each level must be completed one at a time.

To complete the level you must pass all three objective tests (or have been granted exemptions) and the integrated case study. Upon completion of each level you will be awarded with interim qualifications and letters after your name.


The Professional Qualification is made up of two types of computer based assessments:

1. 90 minute objective tests for each of the three subjects within each level - these are on demand and can be taken all year.

2. A three-hour case study when you have completed all objective tests at that level and want to progress to the next level - these are available in four windows a year.

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Not all accountancy qualifications are the same

Not all accountancy qualifications are the same

Most accounting qualifications train people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. CIMA prepares people for a career in business. It teaches skills for strategic advice, managing risk and making key decisions.

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Our syllabus is designed to deliver a strong understanding of all aspects of business so our members can contribute in many areas of an organisation.

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