CIMA is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants, with the most useful accounting qualification for a career in business and finance. Our industry-leading assessments and competency-based syllabus will enhance your employability and career recognition.

What is Management Accounting?

Management accounting is much more than number crunching – CIMA qualified management accountants drive business decisions in companies. They’re the ones on the inside, risk assessors, budgeters, planners and strategists, who keep track of monthly performance and everyday trends. They combine numbers, smarts and creativity to uncover unseen problems and give a fresh spin on business solutions.

No Exemption Fees

New from 1 August 2019: We've removed exemption fees for new students. This means that you will pay nothing to have your eligible prior learning recognised*, unlike many professional bodies.

The CIMA qualification will get you ready for the Future of Finance and our digitally led world. The decision to remove exemption fees will make the management accounting profession even more accessible for students around the world.

CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, management consultancies, banks, public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

In Ireland, many of our members occupy senior management positions as CEOs, CFOs and MDs in the indigenous, public and FDI sectors. Our members are represented at the highest levels in organisations such as Bank of Ireland, AIB, Hedgeserv, State Street, Deloitte, Accenture, EY and the National Asset Management Agency.


1. Catch the eye of employers around the globe: Thousands of companies around the world, from multinationals to the newest start-ups, train their people with us. You'll find qualified CIMA members in the public and private sectors across different industries.

2. Choose your own role: Qualify to work in a wide range of roles from finance to consultancy, IT to senior management positions.

3. Earn higher salaries: As an ACMA CGMA designation holder, you can earn more and go further. 87% of employers would pay a premium to have a CGMA work for them*.

4. Study at your own speed: Our on-demand exams and flexible structure put you in control, so you can study at the pace that works for you.

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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting 

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) will help students with little or no accounting experience unleash their true business potential. It teaches core business and finance skills beyond simple financial accounting, and is the perfect stepping stone towards a career in business and finance.

The Cert BA is a qualification in it's own right and also forms a formal entry route into the CIMA Professional Qualification. Once you successfully complete both qualifications and qualify for membership, you will be awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

CIMA Professional Qualification

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business.

There are three distinct levels within the qualification: operational, management and strategic, each containing three objective tests and a case study exam. Each level is progressive and will deliver skills relative to that level.

On completion of the CIMA Professional Qualification, students are awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, recognising their value and showcasing their professionalism, business and leadership skills, ethics and commitment.

Masters gateway entry route to CIMA

CIMA recognises MBA or Master's in accounting holders as future business leaders, and have developed an accelerated route into the CIMA professional qualification.

As an MBA or a Master's in accounting holder, students are eligible to take up the gateway assessment. On successful completion of the exam, they are granted 11 exemptions from the CIMA professional qualification and will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.





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