CGMA University Program

Why choose CIMA

Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA Chief Executive – Management Accounting

ACMA and CGMA letters signify deep financial knowledge, broad strategic acumen and constantly evolving competencies – it is their global passport to build a successful career in business and finance.

What are the benefits of being part of a professional body like CIMA?


Once our students earn their CGMA Professional Qualification, they become both an Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation holder. Their ACMA and CGMA letters signify deep financial knowledge, broad strategic acumen and constantly evolving competencies – it is their global passport to build a successful career in business and finance.


In addition, our members also have ongoing access to a library of learning tools and leading-edge resources, including exclusive reports, research and learning such as our CGMA Future Mindset to challenge their thinking, advance their professional development and enhance their employability in a highly competitive job market.


Employers around the world have told us that they recognise the value our members bring to their organisations. They actively seek to hire them in a wide range of roles, from financial analyst to senior finance director and CFO, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors for organisations such as the Big Four, Accenture, JP Morgan, Unilever or the Salvation Army.


We are also actively supporting the recruitment of management accounting talent through our Global Career Hub, directly connecting our members with employers and specialist recruiters, and making them part of a worldwide community of like-minded finance professionals.

Why do you think businesses tend to trust and respect professionals who are members of organisations like CIMA? What validation/reassurance does it give?


The world is moving at a breakneck speed. New and emerging technologies, demographic shifts, market upheaval and evolving consumer expectations are transforming the business world impacting every industry, every sector and every business function. In this increasingly uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, organisations can no longer rely on traditional business models to succeed and need to reassess everything from their product and service offerings to their talent management strategy.


In this context, our members are recognised for their abilities to question constructively, guide strategic decision-making, partner with colleagues across their organisations, manage risks, and provide trusted management information to generate new insights and business solutions. With their unique and comprehensive view of their organisations and operations, our members can play a pivotal role in developing business strategy, drive innovation and boost productivity in the digital age.


In addition, being a member of a professional body such as CIMA ensures that finance professionals are provided with relevant knowledge and innovative learning resources to acquire the skills they need to stay relevant, undertake continuing professional development (CPD), and observe the highest standards of conduct and integrity by complying with our Code of Ethics. Together, these elements give employers further confidence when hiring.

Why would you recommend becoming a member of CIMA?

We have been empowering our members to take their organisations beyond expectations for over 100 years. Our members’ success is – and always has been – at the heart of everything we do, we are committed to help our members reach their full potential and give them what they need to stay ahead in a digital-led business world:


  • We regularly update our qualifications, release new thought leadership, courses, events and other learning resources to equip them with the skills required by businesses.

  • All qualified CIMA members and CGMA designation holders are required to undertake CPD and keep a record of their development activities. We provide our members with a suite of CPD opportunities to enable them to choose activities, which best support their professional needs and career development. This helps to ensure that our members are always highly qualified with the right skills to support their organisations’ growth.

  • We work closely with employers, politicians, policymakers and regulators across the world to drive recognition of the enormous value management accountants bring to businesses and society as a whole.

  • Through the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the body CIMA formed with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to advance the global accounting and finance profession through its work on behalf of 689,000 AICPA and CIMA members, students and engaged professionals in 196 countries and territories.

  • Our members are required to comply with our Code of Ethics and apply its fundamental principles to their working lives. They have a duty to present the highest standards of conduct and integrity, and uphold the good standing and reputation of the management accounting profession.
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