The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting elevates people and businesses to success by developing skills and unlocking talent

The Certificate in Business Accounting is CIMA’s entry level accounting qualification for students with little or no accounting background.

CIMA is powering up business and finance professionals with the right knowledge and skills for today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces.

Our qualifications are designed in close collaboration with businesses of all types and sizes. This ensures that successful CIMA students continue to be among the most able, sought after and valued employees in the world.

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) is the first step towards unleashing true business potential and an entry route to becoming a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA®). Teaching core business and finance skills beyond simple financial accounting.


Better skills. Better business.

What do I need to get started?

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. IMAS will gladly assist you to get your exemptions.


What will you learn?

The certificate consists of five subjects:

C01: Fundamentals of Management Accounting

C02: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

C03: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics

C04: Fundamentals of Business Economics

C05: Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Download the full syllabus


Upon completing the Certificate, you will be able to proceed to the CIMA Professional Qualification, starting at the Operational level (CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting).


How long is the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting?

The duration purely depends on you. However we recommend that you give yourself 12 months to complete the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

You can take two or three subjects per semester.


Course Delivery

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting can be studied through our:

  • Full-Time Classes (Monday to Friday)
  • Part-Time Classes (either on weekdays evening or weekends)
  • Distance Learning, supported by an Online Support. Students on Distance Learning will be able to join the revision session at the end of each semester.





(For All 5 subjects)


(per Subject)

Distance Learning

(per Subject)

Tuition Fee R24,000 R5,250 R4,000
CIMA Registration Fee Included in tuition fee R1,850 R1,850
CIMA Exam Fee Included in tuition fee R1,275 R1,275
CIMA Study Material R3,500 Included in tuition fee Included in tuition fee



The exams can be taken in any order or combination you choose and at your own pace. Exams for this level can be sat throughout the year and are assessed by Computer Based Assessment.


Benefits of doing the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting


The Certificate addresses the needs of people and businesses worldwide.


The Certificate unleashes potential in business and finance professionals and unlocks talent in businesses.


Our competency-based syllabus equips you with the skills needed now and in the future.


Go further with a globally recognized qualification that gives you the skills and knowledge employer’s demand.