CIMA Exemptions

Interested in CIMA Exemptions? Have a look at the requirements, registration and benefits you can have. Get you exemption information right here via distance learning.

If you are a student studying a CIMA course, then CIMA Exemptions will be something you should know about. That’s right, you could apply for an exemption. It’s important that you know all the facts and we are here to give them to you.

What CIMA Exemptions can I get? 

Knowing what exemptions you can get would depend on your course. See, every course has its own set of subjects. Therefore, you will have different exemptions allocated to them. 

Are CIMA Exemptions Free? 

When talking about exemptions, you have to think about the fees involved. Now not only will you be paying for an exemption but you will also need to pay for registration. This means that you will have two fees to think about. Once you know what your registration fee is you can speak to a course expert about your exemption fees. 

Registration Fees

As a new student you will pay a once-off registration fee that will include your subscription fee. Do note that the CIMA subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Below is a breakdown on your fees. It is also represented in the British Sterling Pound and the South African Rand.  All convergence was made a  with currency converter

Registration (one-off payment)

GBP 77





Registration for the management accountants’ gateway (not including assessment fee)

GBP 77


Registration for the CIMA professional gateway assessment

GBP 425


Registration for the CIMA Master’s gateway package

GBP 725


Registration for the CIMA  Master’s gateway assessment

GBP 425


Can I get an Exemption? 

Before applying for an exemption, you should know if you qualify for one. You can do this by going through the checklist below:

  • Are you a graduate with a qualification on the CIMA database?
  • Do you have an MBA or a Masters in Accounting?
  • Have you studied or have completed a relevant qualification with another professional body?
  • Are you a student or member of the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT)?
A young student holding her phone in front of her laptop figuring out which CIMA Exemptions are for her.

Applying for an Exemption 

When applying for an exemption, you will notice that  there are a few steps to follow. Each step is very important to ensure that you go through the application process correctly. 

Register With CIMA 

You can only apply for an exemption once you are a registered CIMA student. Registering will only take around five minutes to complete.  Simply follow the steps or contact a CIMA representative. 

Find a Qualification 

Once you have completed the registration process, you can go on to find your qualification. You do this by searching for it on the CIMA database. Now if you can’t find your qualification there, you can find it in an alternative way.  

Send Your Documents 

As you may know, documentation plays an important part to any type of registration. The documents that you will need include: 

  • Copies of your highest level of educational certificates and transcripts. 
  • A copy of your contact ID

Once you have all your documents compiled and ready to send off, you can forward them to: [email protected] and if you have trouble or questions you can contact CIMA directly. 

Wait for Confirmation 

After sending your documents you will receive a confirmation email from CIMA within 72 hours. This confirmation will only state that your documentation has been received. Confirmation on your exemption will take around 20 working days. 

Accept or Decline Your Exemption 

Once your paperwork has been reviewed, you will have a choice between accepting or declining your exemption. If you choose to accept it means that you are familiar with the materials needed for the exams. Remember it’s your second chance and you wouldn’t want to take it for granted.

You also have the opportunity to decline your exemption acceptance. If you choose to go with this route, you will have to do it within eight weeks. Giving you enough time to think about your decision. 

An excited student who got her CIMA Exemptions, standing happily with a red dress on and a graduation cap.

CIMA Levels Explained 

Like many programmes, CIMA courses have different levels. Each ranking higher than the next increasing in course work and knowledge. There are also degree courses that you could dive into. 

Strategic: This course serves as an entry level course to your career. You won’t have to worry about having a matric certificate or the equivalent because there aren’t any entry requirements. There are also four subjects in this course.

Managerial: Here you will do four subjects, three exams and one integrated case study. Once completed you will receive a CIMA Adv Dip MA. 

Operational: This course will teach you everything you need to know about being an accounting professional. It will take you an estimated 24 months to complete.

Certificate:  In this course you will have five subjects. It will take you an estimated 18 months to complete. Once you have completed this course you will be awarded a CIMA Certificate (CertBA).  

Doing CIMA Courses With Skills Academy 

Did you know that you can do your CIMA courses right here with us. That’s right, we offer all CIMA courses. You can study it all via distance learning and still receive the exemptions you need. Along with that, there are several benefits you can experience.

  • Register at anytime of the year 
  • Access to online tutors and study groups
  • No credit checks 
  • 30 days money back guaranteed 

Get Your CIMA Exemption From the Comfort of Your Home 

With us you get to do all your courses from the comfort of your home. So simply contact one of our course experts and find out how you can get started. 

  • Contact us on 0800 39 00 27 –  it’s free! 
  • Fill out our contact form for a call back
Last Updated: November 2, 2020


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