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Transforming Accounting for The Interconnected Economy

Businesses demand accurate and near prophetic financial intelligence to survive and grow. Established under the special charter of the American Council of Professional Accountants , the CIMA Institute is transforming accounting into a profession, practice and discipline that transcends the statutory and regulatory realms and enjoins organizational leadership to fuel its strategic pursuits of risk-balanced growth and value maximization. The Chartered Investment & Management Accountant (CIMA®) qualification is the CIMA Institute’s flagship offering, demonstrating professional expertise in generating financial intelligence through knowledge of accounting of investments, as well as accounting for managing business performance.

Nurturing a Superior New Class of Multi-Specialized Accountants

Demonstrating technically superior understanding, knowledge and skills essential for excelling in the twin areas of investment & management accounting, the CIMA® credential opens up multiple career gateways for its proud holders. Through the CIMA® charter qualification, the CIMA Institute has established the combination of investment accounting and management accounting into a finely blended professional super-specialization for both, aspiring and working professionals.

Building the Fountainhead of Financial Intelligence

Increasing globalization of businesses, supply chains, technology and organizational interdependence has made financial intelligence the critical input for organizational decisions that impact survival and growth. The highly specialized new accounting knowledge framework backing the CIMA® qualification micro-focuses on specific financial intelligence needs of organizations in strategic as well as functional management, and which well-trained accountants are best capable of generating. CIMA® is a much-needed qualification because it meets the rising demand of a rapidly globalizing world to have multi-specialized accountants who can capture, assemble, account for, and analyze extraneous and internal financial data and supply critical insights and intelligence to help organizations model the future, safeguard a global company’s integrity, monitor its debt and equity market investments, and plan for business sustainability. Not the least, the CIMA Institute is gradually reaching out to leading universities and professional bodies across the world, recognizing their potential for promoting academic and professional excellence in new niches of accounting.

Establishing Powerful Eclectic Qualifications

Shortly after its founding in 2010, the American Council of Professional Accountants (earlier known as American Council of Management Accounting) sharpened its focus on evolving eclectic accounting qualifications that blended multiple sub-fields of accounting, treating them as super-specializations. CIMA® is one such qualification offering dual-specialization of investment & management accounting for professional accountants, introduced under the CIMA® charter of ACPA. The experiences and knowledge of dozens of accomplished professionals and researchers in modern management accounting, investment accounting, international finance, global trade, currency risk management, and international accounting were deployed to perfect the CIMA® body of knowledge and qualification framework, and establish CIMA® as a distinctive professional credential and designation. The rise in popularity of CIMA® encouraged us to adopt CIMA Institute as our name in 2020 to resonate better within the investment & management accounting profession.

Vision & Mission - The CIMA Institute

We envision equipping professional accountants, finance professionals as well as managers and leaders - regardless of their functional or sectoral specialization - with knowledge and skills in investment accounting & management accounting to empower them with the ability to take informed, effective decisions of continuity and growth in a challenging, uncertain global environment. We are committed to achieving this vision by continuing to research, develop, test and propagate the latest industry and business-relevant models, standards, knowledge-body and by spearheading every new change in this important discipline.

We are steadfast on our mission to stay as the most reliable and credible knowledge, standards, services, solutions and qualification provider in investment & management accounting for professionals, students, educators and employers around the world, and position the CIMA® designation as the de-facto global gold standard in the investment & management accounting discipline.

Our Values

Our value system accords equal importance to the need to innovate, stay connected to industry and business environment all the time, and promote consciousness of national and regional business and accounting needs and regulations, even as we continue to nurture universal standards in advanced new aspects of investment & management accounting that address the requirement of organizations to succeed by balancing their growth needs with the essentials of ethics, responsibility and sovereignty.



Illustrious influencers and highly-accomplished experts, practice leaders, researchers and educators in the accounting and finance space from around the world seek to drive excellence at the CIMA Institute.

The CIMA® governance council (CGC) is accountable for maintaining the integrity, quality and rigor of the CIMA® credentialing system, and controls the policies and mechanisms of developing and propagating the CIMA® qualification and the CIMA® Investment & Management Accounting body of knowledge around the world.

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Powering Accounting Careers

Investment & management accounting can be a career-powering dual-specialization today for accounting and finance professionals. CIMA® program gives you the opportunity to energize your career and multiply your career opportunities by preparing you for two specialized accounting tracks simultaneously!

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Sharpest Professional Differentiation

CIMA® qualification demonstrates high-end, specialized knowledge of advanced accounting principles, techniques, regulations and practices of generating and managing financial intelligence that organizations need to optimize strategic decision-making and accurately account for and monitor their investments.

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Let’s Play Together

You can associate with us and become our official CIMA® Professional Educator if your organization is into professional development or exam-preparatory training in accounting or finance areas. On the other hand, if you are a business school, you may already be on the CIMA® Recognized B-Schools List, if not check if you want your institution to be associated with us.

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CIMA® Code of Ethical Professional Practice

The worldwide CIMA® community is known for its commitment to ethical and responsible practice of investment & management accounting. CIMA® designation holders adhere to the values and standards that guide the growth of their profession globally.

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