CIMA Professional Qualification Syllabus launched

Drawing on its extensive global research into employer needs, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has launched its 2015 Professional Qualification Syllabus, at an event in Lakeshore Hotel Dhaka on Wednesday (21st May 2014).
In response to growing concern about rising youth unemployment around the world, CIMA has produced an innovative syllabus focused on equipping the finance professionals of the future with the skills to meet the business needs of today and tomorrow.
IMG_6863Speaking on the updated syllabus, Zareef Tamanna Matin, Country Manager, CIMA Bangladesh, said: “CIMA is committed to supporting the next generation of global finance leaders and ensuring that our members stay at the forefront of developments in the business world throughout their careers. When designing the 2015 syllabus, we set out to enhance its relevance to employers, to ensure the rigourof the related examinations and to align the learning experience of candidates to the realworld of business. I feel we have succeeded in this.”
Breadly Emerson, Regional Director of CIMA (MESANA) said: “The fact that the 2015 syllabus is totally research-lead and informed by those on the front line of business, makes it a real piece of best practice for addressing the employability needs of both employers and students. We are delivering a world class combination of computerised assessments, including integrated case studies and are the first global accountancy body to pioneer this. Although the syllabus is focused on finance professionals our approach may be of interest to employers, educators and regulators and we look forward to working with others in the public interest.”
The launch, hosted by CIMA Bangladesh, included a panel discussion facilitated by TV and radio journalist the keynote speaker was Shane Balzan, Head of syllabus Development, CIMA
For the qualification to remain relevant and enhance the employability of members, CIMA’s global research led to the development of a competency framework and a new assessment process addressing the skills and competencies employers require from their finance team.
The research conducted involved face-to-face meetings with leading organisations in the UK, US, South Africa and Malaysia, roundtable discussions in 13 countries and a global questionnaire to over 3,000 participants.
The competencies identified by top employers are core accounting and finance skills, business acumen, people skills and leadership skills. This insight has been instrumental in creating a syllabus designed to meet the needs of both students and employers to support better business.
New topic areas relevant to accounting in business, such as managing big data, finance function transformation and sustainability have been included with integrated case studies added at each level of the qualification to consolidate learning and reflect real-life work situations.
Major changes have also been made to the assessment of candidates in line with developments in the use of technology in education and industry. Students will now benefit from online assessment and exams on demand – through a partnership with Pearson VUE – allowing them to choose their own pace of progression.
Students who complete the CIMA qualification earn the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation formed by the AICPA and CIMA to highlight the importance of management accounting in today’s economy.
About CIMA
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants, with over 218,000 members and students operating in 177 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers’ choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.
Professionalism and ethics are at the core of CIMA’s activities with every member and student bound by robust standards so that integrity, expertise and vision are brought together.
CIMA has formed a joint venture with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. CGMA is the global quality standard that further elevates the profession of management accounting. The designation recognises the most talented and committed management accountants with the discipline and skill to drive strong business performance.
CIMA is proud to be the first professional accounting body to offer a truly global product in the fast-moving area of Islamic Finance.
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
Two of the world’s most prestigious accounting bodies, AICPA and CIMA, have formed a joint-venture to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate the profession of management accounting. The designation recognises the most talented and committed management accountants with the discipline and skill to drive strong business performance.
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the world’s largest association representing the accounting profession, with more than 394,000 members in 128 countries and a 125-year heritage of serving the public interest. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.