Why choose CIMA?

CIMA provides the fundamental knowledge you need to build a successful career in business or finance and helps you develop the critical skills that employers are looking for. You’ll be ready to work in any business – large or small, public or private, all around the world. Our industry-leading assessments and regularly updated syllabus ensure you’ve got the winning edge in the job market.


Why CIMA?

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The world’s largest professional body of management accountants, with the most useful accounting qualification for a career in business.

CIMA aim is to help individuals and businesses to succeed by harnessing the full power of management accounting – not just accounting for the balance sheet, but accounting for a business.

Our top four reasons to become a CGMA designation holder are:

1. Catch the eye of employers around the globe

Thousands of companies around the world, from multinationals to the newest start-ups in the public and private sectors, train their people with us. Chances are, in any industry you can think of, there’ll be CGMA designation holders.

2. Choose your own role

The CIMA qualification is designed to bring together management accounting, financial accounting and business, so you’ll have the practical skills employers need. That way, you’ll be qualified to work in a wide range of roles from finance to consultancy, IT to senior management positions.

3. Earn higher salaries

As a CGMA designation holder, you can earn more and go further. Even while you’re still studying, you can step ahead in the job market. Because working to get your designation shows employers you’re dedicated, hardworking and always thinking about your future. And, if you’re already working, the CGMA designation can help you move up the ladder.

4. Study at your own speed

Our on-demand exams and flexible structure put you in control, so you work at the pace that works for you. You could complete a level every year, or take a steadier pace if you’re balancing studies with a busy working life, family or university studies. Studying with CIMA, you choose when and where to sit each exam, at more than 5,500 Pearson VUE test centers around the world.

Globally recognized

We are the world’s largest professional body of management accountants with a global network of over 650,000 current and next-generation finance professionals.

If you are considering a career in business and finance and want to develop your future with a world-class employer, the CGMA designation is the one to have.


Thousands of companies around the world, from multinationals to the newest start-ups, in both the public and private sectors, train their people with us. Chances are that in any sector you can think of, there will be CGMAs driving businesses forward.


Our research shows that:

87% of employers would pay a premium to have a CGMA work for them*.
CIMA students and CGMAs are represented in 100% of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2016**
CIMA students and CGMAs are represented in 96% of FTSE top 100 companies in 2016

Having these designatory letters tells the world you’re a trusted, business strategist with the ability to connect all aspects of the business to drive sustainable success. It says you have a commitment to professional ethics and a code of conduct.


Backed by a powerful array of benefits, your CGMA designation will let you stay connected to the pulse of your profession and become a champion for the business.

CIMA journey

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants.

We provide continuing professional development services, fund academic research, develop thought leadership, monitor professional standards, maintain a code of ethics for members, and work with external tuition providers and assessment services to provide the best study and examination experience.

In 2017, members of CIMA and AICPA formed the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants to unite and strengthen the accounting profession globally. Representing an influential network of more than 650,000 members and students in management and public accounting, the Association prepares accountants for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

1919

The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA) is founded

1972

Name changes to the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA)

1975

ICMA is granted a Royal Charter

1986

Name changes to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

1995

CIMA members are given the right to use the title Chartered Management, Accountant

2011

AICPA and CIMA enter into a joint venture

2012

AICPA and CIMA launch the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation

2014

AICPA and CIMA introduce the CGMA Competency Framework

AICPA and CIMA launch the Global Management Accounting Principles

2015

CIMA moves to computer-based assessments

2016

AICPA and CIMA members approve the creation of a new global association to represent public and management accounting around the world

2017

AICPA and CIMA form the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

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