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Nature of Business
Professional accounting body

Becoming a chartered management accountant can accelerate your career and boost your salary. It is a proven path to business success.

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, including CEOs, CFOs and MDs in the indigenous, public and FDI sectors and 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.

You can work around the world with CIMA. We have 229,000 members and students in 179 countries.


There are a number of entry routes and programmes to choose from, which you can see details of below. 

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

The CIMA certificate in business accounting is CIMA's own entry route to the CIMA professional qualification. You may be exempt from some or all certificate papers if you have a relevant degree or have studied another professional accounting qualification. 

The Certificate in Business Accounting comprises four modules:

  • BA1 - Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 - Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • BA4 - Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

You can take the four certificate subjects in any order and in any combination to suit your requirements. Exams are available on demand, all year round.

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CIMA Professional Qualification

The CIMA Professional Qualification syllabus is regularly updated in line with the challenges and opportunities presented by a constantly evolving marketplace and the changing needs of business. 

There are three distinct levels within the CIMA Professional 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 operational level, students are awarded with the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting and on completion of the management level, students gain the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting. When the strategic level has been completed alongside 3 years relevant practical experience, the student will be admitted to membership and gain the CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) designation.

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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, you are eligible to take up the gateway assessment. On successful completion of the exam, you will be granted 11 exemptions from the CIMA professional qualification and will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting. You will then be able to enter the strategic level.

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CIMA Diploma in Islamic Finance (CDIF)

Islamic banking is seen as an alternative to traditional finance and a growing sector of the global finance market which is bringing new opportunities. With the Islamic banking market valued at over USD1.66 trillion, combined with the estimated growth rate of up to 20% year on year, the need for human capital to bring Islamic finance to the level at which it deserves and meet its markets demands is higher than ever. Islamic finance, with its emphasis on ethical finance, is suitable for both Muslims and non Muslims.

The CIMA diploma in Islamic finance is comprised of four individual certificates

  • Certificate in Islamic commercial law
  • Certificate in Islamic banking and takaful
  • Certificate in Islamic capital markets and instruments
  • Certificate in accounting for Islamic financial institutions

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