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Management accountant gateway route

The management accountant gateway route is the accelerated entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the globally recognised CGMA designation.

This accelerated route is open to members of these professional bodies:

  • Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) members and passed finalists. 
  • Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) members. 
  • Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) members and passed finalists.

How does it work?

Eligible individuals are required to take the CIMA Gateway Exam (also known as the Management Level Case Study exam for those who are not on the accelerated route). The CIMA Gateway Exam is:

  • a computer based case study exam
  • three hours long
  • available in four windows a year (refer to the exam timetable for more information)
  • assesses knowledge and competencies covered in the Management level of the CIMA Professional Qualification

Once you have passed the CIMA Gateway Exam, you will be granted entry to the Professional Qualification at Strategic Level.

How much does it cost?

  • Your CIMA student registration fee - GBP77, (GBP 85 from 1 Jan 2022)
  • A fee for each MCS/Gateway exam attempt - GBP199, (GBP 210 from 1 Mar 2022)

Please note: the management accountant assessment route is exempt from CIMA's tiered exam pricing structure

Get started

  • You must register as a CIMA student (using the ‘gateway route’ option) and submit documents proving your eligibility for this route. Documents you will need to include:
    - Complete transcripts (mark sheets) for all stages
    - Graduation certificate or a letter from your University confirming completion
  • You will be emailed with full details of how to submit your documents to CIMA after completing your registration.
  • Once your documents have been reviewed and approved you will then be confirmed onto the gateway route and will be eligible to schedule the CIMA Gateway Exam.

Taking the Gateway exams

Question and Exam tutorial

Our gateway question and exam tutorial gives you hands-on experience of the computer-based assessment method.

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Starting CIMA

  1. Identify your entry route and register with CIMA
  2. Apply for exemptions if required
  3. Choose your study method
  4. Schedule your first exam