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Partner the Leader

An association with the CIMA Institute gets educators, institutions and professional associations right into the big-ticket investment & management accounting discipline as leaders. Finance and accounting training institutes and certification exam-preparation organizations can associate as official CIMA® Professional Educators. Academic institutions and business schools can go for an academic affiliation and become academic educators.


Associate. Expand. Enrich

If your institution is into academic or professional higher-education or training in business, accounting or finance, you can join us as our official CIMA Professional Educator or a CIMA® Academic Affiliate. Nationally respected universities, business and finance schools can become official CIMA Academic Affiliates. On the other hand, the CIMA Professional Educator program is for training and coaching organizations offering accounting skills development and exam-prep training for global accounting certifications or for accounting qualifications chartered by national accounting bodies. On another plane, internationally accredited (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) institutions and business schools, as well as premier accounting training institutions of national and international eminence are handpicked by a special CIMA institute committee as CIMA® Ace Institutions. Premier accounting associations and professional bodies are automatically included in the CIMA® Accord network.

Build-up Professional Employability

Investment & management accounting is the most complete dual super-specialization for working and aspiring accounting professionals as well as for students of business, finance and accounting. And the CIMA® charter is the most powerful qualification in investment & management accounting yet. Getting students and trainees to complete their CIMA® program during their Master’s, or during their preparation for other accounting certifications improves their career possibilities significantly.

Multiply Possibilities for Accounting Trainees!

As official CIMA® Professional Educators, accounting and finance training & coaching organizations get the opportunity of formally offering CIMA® to the participants of their training and exam-prep programs of other certifications. A career-powering dual-specialization qualification in investment & management accounting like CIMA® de-risks and enriches career preparation and planning of aspiring accounting professionals who are enrolled in chartered accountancy, company secretary-ship, cost accountancy, financial analytics and public accountancy training programs.

Unblock CIMA® for Your Graduating Students!

CIMA® program isn’t open for graduating students unless they are from institutions officially associated with the CIMA Institute!

Being with CIMA institute is the surest way to leverage the power of the most powerful qualification in investment & management accounting. CIMA® Educators offer CIMA® program to diverse sets of business and finance students as well as to professionals with backgrounds and experience in business, management accounting, chartered accountancy, company secretary-ship, cost accountancy, financial analytics and public accountancy among others.

CIMA® Professional Educator Program

Accounting and finance coaching institutes offering exam-preparation and professional learning programs in accounting and finance are ideal candidates for partnering CIMA® and becoming authorized CIMA® educators in their countries and regions. Official CIMA® educators are best placed for foraying into the high-profile discipline of investment & management accounting. CIMA® partnership opens up new sources of revenues for training and coaching institutes and helps them improve their all-round education quality and brand value.

Specialist service-provider organizations have been authorized by the CIMA Institute in various countries to manage partnership applications and recommend and appoint official CIMA® Professional Educators. Leading coaching organizations are automatically contacted by our service providers in various countries. Not the least, these organizations provide to CIMA® partners, active assistance in registration of students and accessing online study material. CIMA® partners also leverage special country-level schemes and programs to help their students and alumni earn the CIMA® qualification conveniently and cost-effectively right on the campus.

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Educator & Affiliation Programs


Educator & Affiliation Programs

CIMA® Academic Affiliation Program

Accredited universities and business schools offering master’s qualifications like MBA or MS in business management, accounting and finance are ideal candidates for Academic Affiliation with the CIMA Institute in their countries and regions. CIMA® affiliated universities and institutions are best placed for innovating finance and accounting training, education, learning and research and improve their all-round education quality, brand value and program appeal.

Specialist organizations have been authorized by the CIMA Institute in various countries to manage academic affiliation applications and recommend institutions and appoint and establish academic affiliations with universities. Specialist service-provider organizations have been authorized by the CIMA Institute in various countries to manage partnership applications and recommend and appoint official CIMA® Professional Educators. Leading coaching organizations are automatically contacted by our service providers in various countries. Not the least, these organizations provide to CIMA® partners, active assistance in registration of students and accessing online study material, besides helping them embed standard CIMA® modules into the curricula of their existing programs and also in designing new offerings around the CIMA® program body of knowledge. CIMA® affiliated institutions also leverage special country-level schemes and programs to help their students and alumni earn the CIMA® qualification conveniently and cost-effectively right on the campus.

PLEASE NOTE: Academic institutions included in the CIMA® Ace listing automatically qualify as official CIMA® Academic Affiliates and educators and do not require to apply.



Partner Us – Just 5 Steps

From Application to Enablement, a partnering relationship takes just two work-weeks to activate. In most countries, authorized business partners manage the process of Educator appointment and academic affiliation at the country and city level. They contact prospective/ shortlisted universities, coaching institutes and institutions directly. The process is convenient and speedy and is completely online. For organizations and institutions recognized under CIMA® Ace program, the appointment process is application-free and moves much faster, as their capabilities and potential to deliver high-quality education and promote investment & management accounting into a distinct profession are already proven. The standard application process is as follows:

  • 01.

    Application: Authorized CIMA® business partners or specially appointed advocacy experts process partnering and affiliation requests from training organizations, coaching institutes, universities, and institutions. Occasionally, high-potential and well-established organizations are contacted directly and invitedto formally apply for official Educator partnership or academic affiliation in their city, country or region

  • 02.

    Application Approval: The applicant organization’s application is verified and approved by the partner/ affiliation management committees

  • 03.

    Association Decision: Is delivered in the form of an offer letter and a copy of the MoU to be signed by the applicant organization

  • 04.

    Association Confirmation: After the signed MoU is received back from the applicant organization, the partnership/ academic affiliation is confirmed via a certificate

  • 05.

    Enablement: CIMA® dashboard is activated for operations and support to educators and academic affiliates

Educator Partner Steps

CIMA® Ace List of Institutions

The CIMA® Ace list is the CIMA Institute’s very own selection of institutions of outstanding reputation from around the world. Students and alumni of institutions featuring in the CIMA® Ace List are offered exclusive Ace privileges.

  • Only the Very Best!

    If your institution is nationally, regionally, or global renowned for its academic accomplishments in business and finance disciplines, or is accredited by an agency like AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA, and offers at least one widely respected master’s qualifications like MBA or MS in finance, accounting and related areas, you are in for a chance of being included in the elite CIMA® Ace listing sometime soon. Even as you read this, there are more than 250 universities, business schools, and specialist finance and accounting colleges recognized as CIMA® Aces.

  • We Select. Period.

    Unlike the CIMA® Institutional Educator program, for which organizations/ institutions have to formally apply, the CIMA® Ace listing does not require institutions to apply; they are picked by a special CIMA® team for the recognition. Institutions make the CIMA® Ace listing after recommendations from a special CIMA institute committee that evaluates history, achievements, programs, curricula and alumni success of handpicked institutions in professions related to accounting and finance.

  • Ace Privilege – The CIMA® Membership

    CIMA® Ace listees are also eligible for a complimentary CIMA® institutional membership that gives them an opportunity to involve more actively in promoting academic excellence in investment & management accounting. Though institutions do not require to apply to be on the CIMA® Ace list, those desirous of exploring a possibility may click here and submit their interest.

  • Master’s/ Graduate Institutions

    Once every quarter, a special CIMA® Ace team scans master’s qualifications like MBA or MS in finance, accounting and related areas from various universities and institutions around the world, and grades them for their quality, respect, acceptability among employers and career-impact.

  • Ace Privilege – The CIMA® Student Pathway

    Students and alumni of institutions featuring in the CIMA® Ace List are offered exclusive Ace privileges. These include special CIMA® fee and registration under the Master’s Pathway (students) mode, that grants exam-exemptions on select standard CIMA® modules to speed up the CIMA® program journey.

  • Are you on the List of CIMA® Ace Institutions?

IMPORTANT: The CIMA® Ace program is an entirely non-commercial, non-reciprocal, non-contractual, recognition-directed initiative requiring no application or participation or payment of any fee by an institution.

CIMA® Ace List

Are you on the List of CIMA® Ace Institutions? If yes, your students and alums of Master’s programs like MBA or MS in finance, accounting and related areas are offered the opportunity to register under the Master’s Pathway (students) at a special fee! If your institution is not in this list, and you think it deserves to be here, click here to register your request. Ace program is merit-based and there is no fee charged for inclusion in the CIMA® Ace network.

CIMA® Accord List of Accounting Bodies

The CIMA® Accord list is the CIMA Institute’s very own selection of high-impact professional bodies and membership associations in the accounting area. Members of institutions featuring in the CIMA® Accord List are offered exclusive Accord privileges.

The Power For Change

The single biggest impact on the advancement and propagation of best practices in management accounting is created by national, regional and global accounting and finance standards bodies and associations of accounting professionals. CIMA® Accord program seeks to recognize the contribution and influence of these bodies and strengthen their efforts to promote investment & management accounting as a distinct field of professional practice. Currently, more than 24 national accounting bodies have been recognized under the CIMA® Accord Program.

Accord Privileges

While professional bodies and associations featuring on the CIMA® Accord list are offered the exclusive opportunity to refer and recommend organizations that can become CIMA® educators, their members are also offered the CIMA® program at a special fee and exam-exemptions in select standard CIMA® modules through the Professional Pathway program. Individual members of professional bodies included in the CIMA® Accord list are offered the CIMA® program at a special fee, and the CIMA® Professional Pathway track is opened for members of these bodies holding certifications/ qualifications in accounting or finance from national/ regional standards bodies or professional associations in accounting or related disciplines.

How This Works

The CIMA® Accord program periodically identifies professional bodies and associations in accounting and finance whose members can play a role in strengthening and expanding the practice of investment & management accounting in their countries and regions through various CIMA® initiatives.

Professional bodies make the CIMA® Accord listing after recommendations from a special CIMA institute committee that evaluates the track records and influence potential of handpicked professional bodies in furthering best-practices and professional development in accounting and finance. Shortlisted organizations may be sometimes contacted for more detailed information or clarifications. CIMA® Accord listees are also eligible for a complimentary CIMA® institutional membership, that gives them an opportunity to involve more actively in promoting professional excellence in investment & management accounting. Though Accounting bodies and associations do not have to generally apply for a recognition under the CIMA® Accord program and the inclusion in the list is CIMA® initiated and automatic, just in case you do not see your body on the CIMA® accord list as yet, please drop us a line at [email protected].

IMPORTANT: The CIMA® Accord program is a completely non-reciprocal, non-commercial, non-contractual, recognition-based initiative requiring no application or participation or payment of any fee by professional body or association.

CIMA® Accord List

Check out the list of professional bodies and associations currently on the CIMA® Accord Network. If your institution/ organization is included in the Accord Network, your members are offered CIMA® program at a special fee!

Lead With CIMA®

Being with us implies getting your programs and offerings recognized and becoming an official CIMA® Educator. Apart from the obvious advantages that association with a global qualification body brings, being a CIMA® Educator becomes even more special because of the fact that we are the only qualification body focusing on investment & management accounting.

Associating with us means getting an opportunity to officially train and educate around CIMA® standards, and strengthening your capabilities in the rarified and specialized investment & management accounting area. Association with CIMA institute gets educators opportunities to launch new offerings, add new revenue line – besides making existing programs even more-value-rich by embedding standard CIMA® modules into them. CIMA® helps differentiate educator offerings significantly. Another key reason why academic institutions and professional bodies must want to associate with us is the ease, speed and convenience with which they can get their students and members CIMA® qualified.

  • The power of being officially associated with a global qualification body
  • Offering the world’s only qualification in investment & management accounting
  • The value-addition and product differentiation opportunity
  • The possibilities of new products around investment & management accounting
  • Quick-start and easy-management proposition
  • Full program-design; marketing and exam management support

For more information on how you can work as a CIMA® Educator, write to us at [email protected]

The Value

Specialist teams assist associated organizations and institutions comprehensively to equip them for promoting academic and professional excellence in investment & management accounting.

Key values for CIMA® associated organizations include:

Global Qualification
  • 01.Mention on the CIMA institute official website and PR
  • 02.Guidance on strategy, marketing and sales
  • 03.Ready-to-use branding creatives and collaterals
  • 04.Digital system for managing CIMA® program registrations
  • 05.Certificate and monikers of CIMA® association
  • 06.Special CIMA® program fee to their students
  • 07.Assistance in bulk-registration in the CIMA® program
  • 08.Assistance in embedding standard CIMA® modules in existing courses/ programs
  • 09.Assistance in the design of new courses and programs
  • 10. Sharing of knowledge and best-practices

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