The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants, with over 218,000 members and students in 178 countries.
CIMA students and members work at the heart of business in industry, commerce, the public sector, and non-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers’ choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.
In 2011 CIMA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) launched a joint venture that gives management accountancy a far higher profile in the United States and promotes its development across the world. The step, which required ratification from the institutes’ respective governing bodies, combines the strength of the AICPA in North America with CIMA’s presence in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and elsewhere.
What is new?
Our 2015 CIMA Professional Qualification Syllabus aims to address the ‘employability’ needs of businesses and people. The updated syllabus and assessment will help to produce competent and confident management accounting professionals who can guide and lead their organisations to sustainable success.
How employers benefit
We have created a powerful, globally consistent management accountancy standard that’s built on a deep understanding of the business needs of employers around the world. Employability is a core concept for everybody associated with CIMA.
There is increased flexibility for employees in taking their tests ‘on demand’. This will make it easier for employers to plan staff resources. There is also a more rigorous assessment of high-level competencies and an expectation of a fuller understanding of the topics that key employers have helped to define.
Why is it changing?
Our aim has been to make the syllabus more relevant to employers by ensuring the learning experience of candidates matches the real world of business. Through over 60 face-to-face meetings, roundtable discussions with over 200 organizations and a global online survey, we have worked closer than ever before with employers, members and students around the world to make sure we deliver the changes you need.