The CIMA® Professional Pathway track recognizes prior knowledge, and speeds up the CIMA® program journey for applicants who hold specialist, higher-level professional diplomas, or chartered qualifications in finance, accountancy, management accountancy, cost accountancy or public accountancy or holder of MBA or MS degree in finance or accounting or related areas from nationally or internationally recognized bodies or institutions. While the standard CIMA® track has 20 knowledge areas – 10 each across two levels - and two exams; the CIMA® Professional Pathway track holds a single Professional Pathway exam, covering only 13 of the 20 standard knowledge areas and lower CIMA® program fee is charged for Professional Pathway applicants.
The CIMA® pathway facility was introduced in August 2021 after considering numerous suggestions and requests from various stakeholders, customers and associates around the world to create a model that reduces duplication of efforts for applicants who already have a reliable and proven knowledge of accounting, financial markets and exposure to international business. Professional Pathway is also offered to members of premier national and international accounting associations and professional bodies included in the Preferred Accounting Associations List.
Candidates desirous of applying for exemptions can check their eligibility for the Professional pathway track here. In fact, the CIMA® program application form automatically evaluates the prima facie Pathway eligibility when applicants fill out the CIMA® program application form. Though in some cases, an application may be referred to a especially empowered pathway committee, which analyses and responds to and approves applications within 72 hours and instructs applicants individually on the next course of action.
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