The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional qualification is respected worldwide and provide a unique blend of skills to help people and businesses succeed. This means that Studying CIMA and attaining the CIMA Professional Qualification designations will power up your career and ensure you’re amongst the most able, sought after and valued employees in the world. To become an Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) / Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) requires discipline, smart hard work and dedication – but remember, you’re not alone that’s why we are here to walk with you every step and guide you.

Contemporary Training is a CIMA Registered Tuition Provider with a mandate to assist you qualify as a Chartered Global Management Accountant in the shortest possible time and at the least possible cost. At CIMA we don’t just teach theory but we impart skills and expertise that entrepreneurs need and businesses/ employers, worldwide, are looking for. Be on Demand and enjoy work & life through CIMA.

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What is CIMA Professional Qualification

In summary the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional qualification is recognised as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in Business, Finance / Accounting. CIMA qualifications are respected worldwide and provide a unique blend of skills to help people and businesses succeed. The CIMA professional qualification is divided into part qualifications which are QCTO & SAQA registered.

The CIMA Professional Qualification Structure

The CIMA professional qualification has 3 levels and 3-part qualifications, i.e., the Operational level (Diploma in Management Accounting, the Management level (Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting and the Strategic level (ACMA/ CGMA). Each CIMA level has 3 Objective Tests (OT) modules/ subjects and a case study therefore each level has 4 exams. The OT exams can be sat in any order but you may only sit for the case study exam after passing all the 3 OT modules of that level. If you opt for the CIMA Finance Leadership Programme  (CIMA FLP program) then you will not sit for the OT exams as you will be continuously assessed as learn and proceed with the 3 subject areas. This means that you still study for the same syllabus and subjects but you will only sit for the Case Study Exams.

The CIMA Operational level/ Diploma in Management Accounting is at NQF level 6. The CIMA Management level/ Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting is at NQF level 7 and the full CIMA Professional Qualification which comes with the designation Chartered Management Accountant is at NQF level 8 – the highest level which can be awarded to a professional qualification in South Africa.

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CIMA Professional Qualification Exams

All CIMA exams are written online, either at an exam centre or at the comfort of your home or office. The OT exams can be sat in any order but you may only sit for the case study exam after passing all the 3 OT modules of that level. Generally, the CIMA pass mark translates to around 70% i.e., is you need to get a scaled score of 100 points out of 150 to pass OT subjects and a score of 80 to pass the case study. If you opt for the CIMA Finance Leadership Programme  (CIMA FLP Program) then you will not sit for the OT exams but rather be assessed continuously while you learn (instead of taking objective tests). This means you will eventually sit for only 3 exams (Case study Exams) to complete the entire CIMA Professional Qualification ie one exam per each level – Operational Case Study Exam, Management Level Case Study Exam & Strategic Level Case Study Exam.

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CIMA Professional Qualification Student Registration

To register for your CIMA studies, you need to 1st check the exemptions you are eligible to apply for as this will determine your registration route and the level at which you may commence your CIMA Studies at. We can assist you with CIMA student registration and to get started with your CIMA studies free of charge – just send the following documents with a request for CIMA registration to cima@contemporarytraining.co.za Documents needed are your ID copy, all your certificates including transcripts, CV and your address. Alternatively, you may register as a CIMA student on your own via this link:

CIMA Registration will need be confirmed by payment of the CIMA Registration fee which we will include on your invoice unless you indicate that you will pay it separately using other methods. CIMA Exemptions are only confirmed to students who would have paid the registration fees – this means the CIMA registration fee will need to be settled as soon as possible before or during exemptions application.

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CIMA Professional Qualification Exemptions

CIMA exemptions may be applied based on your qualifications or based on your work experience through the CIMA Global Special Pathways. We can precheck the exemptions which you are eligible to apply for and also assist you with the exemption application process free of charge – just send a request for your exemptions to be checked together with copies of your certificates and transcripts to cima@contemporarytraining.co.za Alternatively you may check the exemptions you are eligible to apply for via this link: If you need to apply for exemptions based on your work experience, please send us your well detailed resume and we will guide you on the steps to take. Should you not have any qualification or appropriate work experience to qualify you to register for the CIMA professional qualification then you will 1st have to study the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA Certificate level) which is an entry qualification to the CIMA Professional Qualification and a qualification on its own right – SAQA accredited at NQF 5. This means that anyone with basic competence in Maths and English Language (completed O level / Grade 11) can get started with their CIMA studies and go up the ladder.

Steps to Get Started with Your CIMA Studies.

To get started with your CIMA studies – as mentioned before, 1st you need to identify the exemptions you will get and hence the CIMA level you will commence your studies at (send us all your certificates including transcripts and/or detailed CV and we will assist you with the CIMA Registration & Exemptions process free of charge – cima@contemporarytraining.co.za).Once you identify the exemptions you are eligible to apply for or if you already know the level at which you will commence your CIMA studies at, then enrol with us for your CIMA studies by filling the enrolment form via this link:

Filling the enrolment form will enable us to send you a quote for your CIMA studies. You may then confirm your enrolment with us by making payment or a payment arrangement. CIMA Registration will also be confirmed by payment of the registration fee which will normally be included on the quote unless you indicate that you will pay it separately using other methods. Exemptions are only confirmed to students who would have paid the registration fees – this means the CIMA registration fee will need to be settled as soon as possible before or during exemptions application.

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CIMA Professional Qualification Study Costs

Our CIMA Tuition Class fees range from as little as R1500 per module including all the relevant study resources & study support. Self-sponsored students may pay their fees in instalments, interest free and all students can benefit from our pass guarantee policy. To get an accurate cost estimate for your CIMA studies, please request a quote via this link:

Where to study CIMA – CIMA Tuition Provider

Contemporary Training is the place to study CIMA in South Africa and Africa. As a registered CIMA Tuition Provider, we offer CIMA Exam Preparation Tuition Class Sessions – 4 semesters a year for both Objective Tests subjects (E, F, P) and Case Studies. Our OT semesters are generally about 3 months long and our Case study semesters are generally about 6 weeks long. Our class sessions will equip you with all you need to be competent to pass your exams. You may enrol with us through the CIMA Finance Leadership Programme anytime throughout the year.

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CIMA Online Interactive Classes Schedules

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November 2022 Case Study Exam Prep

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