Professional Qualification | 4 Year | NQF 7 (930) | SAQA ID 20400


The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is a United Kingdom-based professional body offering qualifications in management accountancy and related subjects, focused on accounting for business. CIMA is continuously gaining recognition as one of largest and leading professional body of management accountants throughout the world. CIMA South Africa has been recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority as the professional body for management accountants in South Africa. Thousands of organisations employ CIMA students and members, many in the knowledge that their businesses will benefit from the financial expertise and strategic vision that Chartered Management Accountants possess.

The qualification comprises three pillars of domain knowledge divided into three levels of achievement. The three levels are operational, management and strategic. When combined with the required practical experience, the CIMA qualification ensures that members are business ready. To complete the CIMA qualification, and be able to use the Chartered Global Management Accountants designation, students need to:

  • Meet the entry requirements of the professional level qualification
  • Study for and complete the relevant professional level assessments, culminating in the Strategic Case Study Exam
  • Complete three years of relevant practical experience which can be gained before, during and/or after studies

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 10 and learners must be 16 years and older.
  • Ability to read and write in English AND must be competent in Maths
  • Certificate in Business Accounting
  • You may be exempted from certain exams in the Certificate in Business Accounting if you hold a relevant degree or qualification (exemptions are awarded at CIMA's discretion)
  • Degree in Business Accounting (you may be exempt for certain exams if you hold a relevant degree or qualification)
Operational Level
  • E1 - Managing Finance in a digital world
  • P1 - Management Accounting
  • F1 - Financial Reporting
Management Level
  • E2 - Managing Performance
  • P2 - Advanced Management Accounting
  • F2 - Advanced Financial Reporting
Strategic Level
  • E3 - Strategic Management
  • P3 - Risk Management
  • F3 - Financial Strategy

CIMA-Chartered Management Accountant is offered at: