PROFILE: Founded in 1919, CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) is unique among chartered accountancy bodies in that its members work in business rather than in auditing firms. Its 133,000 members and students in 150 countries around the world focus on strategic business management in the private and public sectors. HSBC, Allied Domecq, Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever, British Airways, BOC, BAA, Tesco, Safeway and Diageo are among the increasing number of FTSE-100 companies to have a CIMA member in the position of finance director or chief executive. A CIMA qualification is regarded as a leading professional business qualification, as its scope extends far beyond accountancy. The average income for UK members is pounds 51,000 with 41% earning pounds 50,000+
AREAS OF SPECIALISATION: The CIMA syllabus grounds students in financial and management accounting and then develops skills in information, financial and business strategy, project management, marketing and human resource management. In its drive for best practice and life-long learning, CIMA has secured a fast-track route to the world-renowned Henley MBA, with 60% exemptions for CIMA members.
RECENT CLIENTS: CIMA has 'Training through Partnership' (TTP) contracts with more than 2,500 companies, including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Rolls Royce, Bass Plc, Ministry of Defence (UK), Dixons Stores Group, Department of Health, British Airways, Jardine Matheson and Ford Motor Company. TTP students are sponsored through CIMA by their employers.