The CIMA qualification consists of 16 exams in total.

Certificate level contains 4 objective test style exams, and operational, management and strategic level each have 3 objective tests and one case study exam.

Read our blog on the exam list

You’ll need to get registered with CIMA before you can sit the exams. Head to the CIMA website to get started.

Check out our all about CIMA page page for more information on starting your CIMA joruney.

f you have previous qualifications, you may be eligible for exemptions from some exams.

To check whether you’re eligible, refer to the CIMA exemptions checker.

To book an exam, you will first need to log in to My CIMA, and then settle any outstanding debts on your account such as membership subscription fees.

Once you have done this, you will need to use the ‘Schedule My Exam’ button under the ‘Studying’ tab at the top of the page.

You will then be transferred to the Pearson Vue website, where you can begin the booking progress.

For CIMA, relevant experience typically refers to work in roles such as bookkeeping, accounting, auditing, and financial analysis.

However, CIMA also considers other non-financial work experience that may be relevant to management accounting and financial decision making. For example, work in marketing or human resources may be considered relevant if it has provided the applicant with an understanding of how a business operates financially.


The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is a UK-based professional body offering training and qualification in management accounting. The Association of Certified Management Accountants (ACMA) is a US-based professional body offering training and qualification in management accounting.

CIMA is a globally recognised body, while ACMA is specific to the United States. CIMA offers both an undergraduate and graduate level qualification, while ACMA offers only a graduate qualification. CIMA's syllabus includes financial accounting, costing, performance management, business analysis and risk management, while ACMA's syllabus includes financial reporting, managerial finance, cost allocation, decision analysis and process improvement.

CIMA is a globally recognised qualification, and many students complete it within 1-3 years.

The CIMA qualification is designed for business professionals who want to develop their skills in financial management and accounting. It covers a wide range of topics, from financial analysis and decision making to budgetary control and performance measurement.

The CIMA exam is divided into three stages: the Fundamentals exam, the Professional exam, and the Strategic exam. To qualify for the Strategic exam, you must first pass the Fundamentals and Professional exams.

CIMA students can take advantage of a range of learning resources, including online courses, textbooks, practice exams, and study guides. There are also plenty of support groups