CIMA® program is usually completed within a year by most candidates through self-study. The typical completion time is between 12 - 18 months though, with Pathway tracks candidate earning it in well within 9 - 12 months.
The CIMA Institute provides a comprehensive study and exam preparation guide to all enrolled candidates. Also included are two mock exams on the MyCIMA candidate dashboard. Though the CIMA Institute does not provide exam preparation material or any training, independent content providers and official CIMA® educators and partners in some countries do offer self-study material for CIMA® exams on online portals. Candidates regularly receive updates and offers on their registered emails to help them choose. For more guidance and assistance, registered CIMA® program candidates can write to [email protected].
All CIMA® program participants get detailed study guide to plan their studies for CIMA® exams. Mock exams are also available on the candidate’s dashboard. On an average, candidates on the standard route take between 200-250 hours to complete their studies of the 20 prescribed knowledge themes. Pathway applicants, however, can complete their preparation in just about half the time as their exam covers only 13 of the 20 themes. All CIMA® exams carry 150 multiple-choice questions, and timed for 4 hours each. Read the CIMA® Exams page for details.
Standard route candidates must qualify the Standard CIMA® Level 1 and Standard CIMA® Level 2 exams. Standard CIMA® exams cover 20 knowledge areas – 10 in each level. The Professional pathway candidates are required to qualify only one, unified Professional Pathway Exam covering 13 knowledge areas only.
|Investment & Management Accounting - Foundational Principles & Concept Frameworks||For Standard Route Applicants
|CS-11||The Framework of investment & management accounting||10 to 15||25 to 30|
|CS-12||Business, Strategy & International Competitiveness||25 to 30||25 to 30|
|CS-13||Financial Management and Decision-Making in Business||25 to 30||20 to 25|
|CS-14||Accounting Principles & Techniques for Managers||25 to 30|
|CS-15||Risk Management in Business & Accounting Treatment||20 to 25||20 to 25|
|CS-16||Financial Statements Analysis for Managerial Accountants||25 to 30|
|CS-17||Cost Structuring, Product Costing & Activity Based Costing||20 to 25|
|CS-18||Principles & Practices in Valuation of Businesses||25 to 30|
|CS-19||Capital Investments and Capital Budgeting||20 to 25|
|CS-20||Management Accounting & Enterprise Performance Analysis||25 to 30||25 to 30|
|ESTIMATED STUDY EFFORT for Level 1 (in Hours)||250 - 300||125 - 150|
|Investment & Management Accounting - Application Principles & Practice Frameworks||For Standard Route Applicants
|CS-21||Analysis of International Business Environment||15 to 20||15 to 20|
|CS-22||Principles of International Accounting Practice||15 to 20|
|CS-23||Decision-making in International Finance||25 to 30||25 to 30|
|CS-24||International Accounting Harmonization||25 to 30||25 to 30|
|CS-25||International Financial Reporting Issues||25 to 30|
|CS-26||Forex Risk Management||25 to 30||25 to 30|
|CS-27||International Taxation in Managerial Accounting||25 to 30|
|CS-28||Transfer Pricing In Global Corporations||25 to 30||25 to 30|
|CS-29||Corporate Governance & Ethics in Global Organizations||25 to 30|
|CS-30||Technology in Global Management Accounting||25 to 30||25 to 30|
|ESTIMATED STUDY EFFORT for LEVEL 2 (in Hours)||250 - 300||125 - 150|