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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting


  • The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting forms the basis of further Management Accounting Qualifications.
  • Ideal for students who need an introduction into the world of Management Accounting, Financial Accounting and Business.
  • This programme provides the fundamentals of Business accounting so that students can become familiar with the basic business and management principles.
  • Attention is also given to basic Business Economics and Business Law, as the ultimate role of a Management Accountant is to give sound advice based on these principles.
  • The first step in becoming a Chartered Management Accountant is mastering the fundamentals of Accounting.


Course Structure:

Please click on each subject to see the topics covered:

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There are five subjects (or papers) at this level and all must be passed before you can proceed to the next level, the Professional Qualification.


Course Information: 

Course CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting
Programme Type Institute Programme (CIMA)
Partner Institute Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Award Type National Certificate
Award Issued By CIMA
Accredited By CIMA
SAQA ID Not Applicable
NQF Level Not Applicable
Course Duration 20 Months
Entrance Criteria


The entrance criteria as stated by CIMA:

  • You don’t need any formal qualifications to start this level.
  • You will need a good understanding of both English and Maths and a passion to succeed in business.
  • If you have any previous accounting experience you might be eligible for exemptions from subjects at this level.
  • Exam fees are not included in your course fees


Please Note:

Even though you do not need a Grade 12 to do this course, we would like to point out to our Students that it will be better for you if you do have Grade 12 Maths, to do this course. Also, the College SA Academic Board highly recommend the following if you do not have Grade 12 Maths.



Assessment and Award:




To obtain the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, a student must register as a student with CIMA and study for, sit and pass five examinations, as defined within the syllabus.


The five papers are:

• Paper C01 - Fundamentals of Management Accounting

• Paper C02 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

• Paper C03 - Fundamentals of Business Mathematics

• Paper C04 - Fundamentals of Business Economics

• Paper C05 - Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate, Governance and Business Law


All subject examinations are sat at CIMA approved assessment centres using computer based assessment (CBA) methodology. Students may sit the examinations at any time of the year. The pass mark for each of the five examinations is 50% and permanent credit is awarded for any subject in which the candidate scores 50% or more.
On successful completion of the three subject examinations, students are awarded the CIMA Professional Qualification: Operational Level


CIMA is working in partnership with Pearson VUE*, who have over 20 years of experience in offering electronic testing and already run computer-based assessments for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.


There will be 5,000 Pearson VUE test centres in 178 countries. CIMA is working with Pearson VUE to continue to increase the number of exam centres globally. Find your closest Pearson VUE centre.


Once you have passed all the assessments, you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (Professional Qualifications: Managerial Level).


Your first assignment will be on Goal Setting, which will arrive with your Welcome Pack.




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