CIMA > Professional Qualification


CIMA is quite unlike other accounting or finance qualifications. Its scope extends far beyond pure accountancy and even most management training courses. The CIMA qualification is internationally recognised; it is the key to management success in industry, commerce and public sector organisations across the world. The course provides students with a "hands-on" role, which encompasses many different areas and not just finance. The role builds up students' confidence to provide information vital to the decision-making process, making use of effective Management Information Systems. By becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), you will attain one of the world's most prestigious qualification for strategic and financial management.

Entry Requirements

  • A 4 years degree in accounting/business from a recognised university
  • CIMA CBA qualification
  • CAT qualification

Awarding Body

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Tuition Fee

€3800 per year


24 months

Hours of Study

16 hours per week of formal classroom study. Students are also expected to study in their own time.


Assessment is through examinations set by CIMA

Course Structure

Students must pass all six operational and management papers before attempting strategic level. All three strategic papers must be passed before a student can attempt the T4 part B case study examination.

Operational Level
E1 Enterprise Operations
P1 Performance Operations
F1 Financial Operations

Managerial Level
E2 Enterprise Management
P2 Performance Management
F2 Financial Management

Strategic Level

E3 Enterprise Strategy

P3 Performance Strategy

F3 Financial Strategy


Students who have passed all three Strategic level papers can sit the TOPCIMA.

The TOPCIMA (Test of Professional Competence in Management Accounting) is based upon a case study.

After CIMA

CIMA prepares you for a career in business. It's a globally recognised qualification. You can boost your salary and develop your career by becoming a chartered management accountant.

It's a versatile qualification; helping you work in industry, commerce, management consultancies, banks, not for profit and public sector organisations. Many top CFOs and CEOs are chartered management accountants.


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