CGMA Finance Leadership Program (FLP)

Accelerated Digital Route to becoming a Chartered Management Accountant

The Finance Leadership
Program (FLP)

The Finance Leadership Program is built on the critical knowledge that finance experts determined you need in order to advance your career (outlined in their 2019 CIMA Syllabus). The program supports the development and demonstration of the highest levels of competency in finance, accounting, business and leadership skills that will help you advance your career and add value to your company. Your personal qualifications and educational background determine where you begin, the order in which you progress and your timeline for completing the program.

The FLP is now available to both Graduates and Non-Graduates with the introduction of Foundational Level.

Call Us for Enquiry

FLP is an Accelerated Route to Qualifying as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
With a once-off payment fee and a maximum of 3 case study exams you can qualify

Why choose the CGMA Finance Leadership Program?

Priced to be accessible.

If your employer is helping fund your studies, there’s good news: the CGMA Finance Leadership Program is priced within the range of most corporate tuition reimbursement policies. You can expect to pay between $2,500 and $5,000, depending on how long it takes you to complete the program.

Get the skills that employers say matter.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program will teach you the skills that 2,000 finance teams have identified as being critical for your career.

Finance professionals created it for finance professional.

You can apply what you learn to the larger business context right away, with all topics taught through scenarios, interactive exercises and business simulation. Written by authors with years of firsthand professional experience in finance and business, the courses are also developed and backed by AICPA and CIMA, the world’s two largest and influential accounting and finance associations.

Learn in your own time, at your own pace.

Unlike traditional programs, the CGMA Finance Leadership Program was designed from scratch for working professionals. Everything is online — including most of the exams. You can study when you want, wherever you are, and even learn the topics in whichever order you like.

Build on your existing knowledge.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program builds on your background, so you can start the program at the entry point that’s right for you — no need to repeat any of your learning.

The Finance Leadership Program Structure

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is divided into three levels, each building on the previous one. If you’ve already got a relevant prior qualification or degree, you may be eligible to skip certain levels, enabling you to earn your CGMA designation faster than you might think.

Foundational Level Operational Level Management Level Strategic Level

The Foundational Level is a condensed introduction to the concepts of business and finance. It will give you a solid foundation that enables you to get into the Operational Level and beyond.

  • Introduction to Business and Finance
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting 

Start at the Foundational Level if you do not have any post Grade 12 or Matric Qualification.

The Operational level focuses on short-term decision-making. You’ll build your core knowledge of finance, accounting and reporting, studying topics like:

  • Data Analytics
  • Budgeting
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Cost Accounting
  • Finance Technologies


Start at the Operational level if you hold a diploma or a bachelor’s degree or above in business.

At the Management level, you’ll focus on translating long-term decisions into medium-term plans. You’ll build on what you’ve learned at the Operational level to include topics like:

  • Cost Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Leadership and Management
  • Business Models
  • Organizational Performance


Start at the Management level if you hold a bachelor’s degree or above in accounting or finance.

At the Strategic level, you’ll focus on long-term strategic decision making, learning about risk and finance strategy. Key topics include:

  • Financial Objectives
  • Risk oversight
  • Internal Controls
  • Strategy formulation and execution
  • Regulatory Compliance


If you’re a CPA, CA(SA) or SAIPA member, you have the option to skip right to the CGMA Strategic Level Case Study Exam.

No Exam but competence assessments Exam: Operational Case Study Exam Exam: Management Case Study Exam Exam: Strategic Level Case Study Exam


How is FLP different from the normal CIMA route?

  • FLP is a CIMA digital learning and assessment platform – which mean, you will learn and undertake all your assessments online.
  • You will only have three case study exams to pass to qualify as a CGMA holder
  • Objective test exams are now replaced by competency assessment
  • Once Off payment
  • Ability to skip topics you already know with pre-assessments
  • Interactive exercises
  • Business simulation assignments

Why choose IMAS supported premium FLP route?

  • We have an impeccable track record of delivering consistent results since 2014.
  • Our pass rates are among the leading in the country and compare favourable with global benchmarks.
  • We have a team of passionate lecturers and student liaison officers that will be handholding you throughout your FLP journey.
  • Our team of student liaison officers will guide you through our weekly scheme of work that will entail the topics/competency to be covered including your online assessment.
  • While our lecturers will take you through different concepts, topics and examples to ensure thorough understanding in order to apply this in our interactive exercises and business simulation assignments.
  • Through our supplementary program that runs mid-week in the evening and repeats on weekends, you will be able to get more that the digital CIMA platform will offer in order to ensure you are ready to pass the three case study exams.
  • Upon completing the different competency and qualifying for Case Study, you will attend our Case Study Workshop covering the following:
  • Case Study Exam preparation guidance and exam technique.
  • Analysis of the preseen material released by CIMA, linking these to the different competency covered in the F, P and E subjects.
  • Industry analysis of the company covered in the preseen material.
  • A minimum of six mock exam based on the actual case study.
  • Access to leading case study experts from a team of IMAS Lecturers.
  • You will be part of IMAS WhatsApp Group with likeminded students with 24 hours access to IMAS team of lecturers for any assistance.

How much does it cost?

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is offered in one-, two- or three-year subscriptions. How long you need to enroll for will depend on what level you start at and how much time you’re able to dedicate to studying.


If you start at the You will learn So we suggest 2024
Foundational Level 3 levels + Foundation A 3-year subscription+ R175,000
Operational level 3 levels A 3-year subscription R160,000
Management level 2 levels A 2-year subscription R115,000
Strategic level 1 level A 1-year subscription R62,500




To Speak to Our Student Advisor
Call or Whatsapp us on 0861 434 333
4th Floor, Braam Park Office Park, 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontain, Johannesburg, 200, South Africa.

Apply Today to Join Our Second Semester Classes Starting February to July 2024