Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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

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

Together with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), we established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation in 2012 to provide members with a new level of resources and recognition.

The CIMA syllabus draws on the unique CGMA Global Management Accounting Principles© and CGMA Competency Framework to empower individuals with high-level abilities to help them achieve sustainable success in both business and finance.

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 667,000 members and students in management and public accounting, the Association prepares accountants for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

Becoming CGMA

On completion of the CIMA qualification and becoming a CIMA member, you are automatically entitled to the CGMA designation.

It will add global power to your CV, showcase your value around the world and demonstrate your business acumen, ethics, and commitment.

Having the letters CGMA after your name brings huge career benefits, including:

  • Global recognition of your experience, commitment, and skills by key employers
  • Connection to a community of like-minded peers with whom you can share best practice
  • Access to CGMA tools, webinars, reports and research that will keep you at the forefront of your profession and give you a competitive edge.

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.

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