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Eager to kick off your career as a financially qualified business leader of the future, and to progress quickly? Well you’re in the right place. A professional qualification with CIMA could see you break into some exciting industries including fashion, sport, travel, media or publishing. And that’s just for starters. CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, creates and shapes the management accountants that big name companies crave.

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You don’t need a degree to start your CIMA studies. If you want to bypass university and head straight for the world of business, you can go straight into our entry-level qualification – the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. How impressive would that look on your CV? Then you have the option to progress onto the CIMA Professional Qualification, joining the ranks of international business leaders that have gone before you. The sky really is your limit.

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So what makes the CIMA qualification so special? It’s rooted in real world business needs, preparing people like you to work at the heart of strategic decision making as a management accountant. With leading employers and course providers on board, we’ll support you to take your place in the action packed world of business.

Management accountants don’t fit the stereotype of number crunchers and bean counters. In fact, quite the opposite. Nowadays, wherever there’s an important business decision to be made, there’s a cool headed accountant in the thick of things. Ever wondered who decides on the price per song on iTunes and how? Or why festival tickets work out more expensive for one day than for the whole weekend? Chartered Management Accountants are at the heart of all strategic decisions that are key to business success. They work out how much and how many and get results by looking at trends and behaviour. They operate in all types of organisations. They have top jobs often becoming managing directors and chief executives, with many running their own businesses.

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The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting provides a solid grounding in the basics of management accounting, business and finance; preparing you to progress to the professional qualification. The certificate level is made up of five computer based exams, which can be taken at any time throughout the year, designed to be flexible to suit your lifestyle. For further information on the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, please visit






Fundamentals of Management Accounting

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

Fundamentals of Business Mathematics

Fundamentals of Business Economics

Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Applying analysis

Regulatory framework

Economic environment

Elements of contract

Basic costing Budgets Accounting and cost systems

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Preparing accounts Accounting systems and controls

Basic maths Probability Financial maths Forecasting

Analysis for business decisions Market economy and role of government

Company law Administration and finance Applying legal knowledge

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Did you know that the average CIMA student salary in the UK is now £30,817*? Now add that to the average annual bonus of £1,258* and you could expect to earn £32,075* in 2010. How incredible is that? With CIMA being recognised around the world, it is a truly global qualification that can, quite literally, see your career take off. *UK CIMA salary survey 2010

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I can’t think of anyone that isn’t doing CIMA. I guess that’s reflective of the learning that CIMA offers and the skills set that you gain. Matthew Parker, Retail Finance Manager, Topshop/Topman

If I decide to travel, I know that CIMA is an established qualification throughout the world, because employers have confidence in the qualification. Alice Carroll, Consultant, Deloitte

With CIMA, I was able to go into a business, fully understand it and get the most out of it. Steve Johnson, Commercial Accountant, Innocent

CIMA is more than just numbers and balance sheets…it’s about looking at the numbers and doing something about them. Jonathan Power, Financial Analyst, Nestle

and my next mov e Ready to step it up a notch? Register today to become a CIMA student and you can start studying CIMA almost straight away. Not only this, but you will also gain access to your own personal area of the CIMA website. This is where the leaders of tomorrow (yes that’s you) can gain valuable information to kick start your international career in business. Or if you want to head to university and study for a degree first, then check out how carefully choosing your subjects can help you fast-track through the CIMA qualification (page 5). If you fancy earning while you learn, there are many employers who will sponsor you to study the CIMA Professional Qualification.

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Show me the way: to an awesome career in business  

CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, creates and shapes the management accountants that big name companies crave. A pro...

Show me the way: to an awesome career in business  

CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, creates and shapes the management accountants that big name companies crave. A pro...