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CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS (CIMA)

What is CIMA?

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) prepares people for a career in business and finance. It teaches skills for strategic advice, managing risk and making key decision. It is more than training people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. CIMA’s syllabus consistently provides more management accounting, business and financial strategy. The syllabus is designed to deliver strong understanding of all aspects of business. As a member of CIMA, candidates can contribute in many areas of an organization.

 

Why Should I Study CIMA?

Unlike other accounting qualifications, the CIMA Professional Qualification combines business & management skills with a firm financial foundation. The new CGMA Competency Framework ensures you are fully trained in Technical, Business, People and Leadership skills. It is also a springboard to succeed both within and outside the finance arena hence giving you more career options. CIMA professionals are financially qualified business leaders in all areas of an organization.

The CIMA qualification develops professionals that are marketable across international boundaries. CIMA is a quality standard that is recognized around the globe enabling you to work at a senior level in any country.

Salary Survey

In 2012, a CIMA salary survey in Malaysia found that CIMA students earn an average of RM64,000 a year while Chartered Members earn RM182,000. Those in the more senior position earn in excess of RM300,000 per year. These are very impressive incomes for a professional qualification.

What does a Chartered Management Accountant do?

A CIMA Chartered Management Accountant is a financially qualified business leader

with unique skills and abilities to support the organization by providing:

• Strategic insight & advice

• Decision support for key management and financial business issues

• Project, risk & change management

• Business partnering

Helping employers to see the bigger picture

The work of a Chartered Management Accountant could involve evaluating a company’s existing financial systems and devising a way to do things more efficiently. It might mean monitoring their spend or assessing the effectiveness of their financial controls. But whatever it entails, the role of a CIMA member is about helping money and technology work harder and people work smarter.

Be recognised globally

 

By becoming a CIMA member you will join the world’s largest professional body of management accountants. You will be able to use the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation and be part of a truly global network.

CGMA

 

The CGMA designation is powered by two of the world’s leading accounting bodies – CIMA and AICPA. It aims to establish management accounting as the most valued profession in business worldwide.
What does a Chartered Management Accountant do?

A CIMA chartered management accountant is a financially qualified business leader with unique skills and abilities to support an organisation by providing:
• Strategic insights and advice
• Decision-making support for key management and financial business issues
• Project, risk and change management
• Business partnering

Helping employers to see the bigger picture

The work of a Chartered Management Accountant can involve evaluating a company’s existing financial systems and devising a way to do things more efficiently. It might also mean monitoring spend or assessing the effectiveness of financial controls. But whatever it entails, the role of a CIMA member is about helping money and technology work harder, and people work smarter.

 

Why Should I Do CIMA at Noesis?

‘CIMA QUALITY PARTNER AND EXAM CENTRE’

Noesis is the only course provider in Malaysia that offers tutorials for all levels including the gateway exam and CBA. We are also an authorized Pearson VUE exam centre. Noesis provides a well-balanced understanding of theory and practice to students with instructors who are practitioners with wide industry experience. Our lecturers are dedicated and experienced instructors, most of whom are CIMA holders and have over 10 years of lecturing and training experience. In providing part-time studies, we understand the priority to provide flexibility for our students in their study schedules. Taking into consideration the need for students to balance work and their studies, classes are conducted intensively on weekends. We also recognize that as working adults, the sharing of experience and interaction with lecturers in class is an important tool of learning; therefore class numbers are kept small. In addition this allows personal and professional attention to be directed to each individual.

 

Pass Rates

cima passing rates

CIMA CURRICULUM
The syllabus is strong on the core accounting skill, but also includes ‘Big Data’, sustainability, integrated reporting and finance function transformation. We also study risk, as well as costing and cost management.

Passing your CIMA assessments at every level shows to an employer that you have a grasp of theory and practice.

The syllabus is split into three pillars and three levels, and comprises 12 exams.

Liew Sin Choon
Programme Director

Liew Sin Choon

scliew@noesis.edu.sg
+60 3 2725 4291

Intakes Each Year

January, April, July and October (for all levels)

Period Per Intake

3 months

Mode of Study

Part-time weekend classes

CIMA CURRICULUM

The syllabus is strong on the core accounting skill, but also includes ‘Big Data’, sustainability, integrated reporting and finance function transformation. We also study risk, as well as costing and cost management.

Passing your CIMA assessments at every level shows to an employer that you have a grasp of theory and practice.

The syllabus is split into three pillars and three levels, and comprises 12 exams.
CIMA Syllabus

Operational and Management Levels

Operational level

This is first level of the professional qualification. You will learn how to:

  • Prepare financial statements.
  • Provide management accounting information.
  • Use appropriate tools for decision making through a broad understanding of business.

After successfully completing this level, you will receive the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting.

Management level

This is the second level of the professional qualification and consists of three exams. You will learn how to:

  • Prepare group accounts.
  • Make pricing and product decisions based on a robust analysis.
  • Manage projects and relationships.

On completion, you receive the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

Strategic Level

This is the third and final level of the professional qualification and consists of three exams. You will learn how to formulate financial strategy and manage strategic relationships while managing risk, using the competencies gained at operational and management levels.

Assessment

Objective tests

You take nine key assessments (the objective tests) on demand and via computer with results available immediately. This will give you more flexibility with how you plan your way through the qualification.

You can choose to sit your assessments the moment you feel you are ready. There’s no need to follow a rigid test schedule. As soon as you pass, you can move on to the next objective test.

Case studies

Our case studies, available four times a year, focus on the key skills employers have asked for.

Our case study assessments consolidate the learning at each CIMA level (operational, management, strategic) to reflect real-life work situations. They are also taken via computer but marked in person by our examiners.

CIMA LECTURERS
NOESIS prides itself on the quality of its lecturers across all programmes. The profile of some of our CIMA lecturers is below;Liew Sin Choon, ACMA, CGMA
MBA (Herriott-Watt)Mr. Liew has over 40 years of working experience in diversified fields and industries. He started his career at Price Waterhouse and later worked in Hong Kong spanning over 10 years, first as the MD of a Japanese Health Food company and then as an entrepreneur himself in the health food business, gaining valuable exposure in international business. He passed his 3 CIMA Strategic level papers in 1 sitting and is now a CIMA holder. While he is currently doing his PhD research in Business Administration, he also teaches in the CIMA and CPA Australia programs. For the last 5 years, he is the Finance Director and CIMA Program Director in Noesis.Sum Heng Nin, FCMA, CGMA
Sum Heng was a Dean of the School of Business and Senior Lecturer in a local college. He has been lecturing in MBA courses on Finance at local colleges for many years and also teaches CIMA subjects, especially the Performance pillar papers for more than 10 years. He has also helped many students to qualify for the CIMA membership. 

Dr. Yee Wee Chun
DBA (Northumbria), MBA (Duke), BA (Econs, Virginia)

Wee Chun started his career as a Financial Analyst at General Electric under the prestigious Financial Management Program in the US. After his MBA, he joined the Boston Consulting Group in Kuala Lumpur with assignments in major corporations in Malaysia and Indonesia. Wee Chun was Chief Executive and Executive Director of MIM-INTI Management Institute and INTI Management Services for 7 years before founding Noesis in 2009. His doctoral research is in strategic management. He also was awarded the Dean’s Recognition award at Duke University and graduated with High Distinction at University of Virginia.

 

Brian O’Donoghue

Brian is the Academic Director for NOESIS Ex Ed. Brian has over 20 years of experience working in various Management, Consulting roles in the UK and Asia. During his career he has worked for companies such as Cadbury’s and Johnson and Johnson. He has spoken at Conferences on Management, Leadership and Marketing in the UK, Malaysia, China and America. Brian was formerly the Dean of the School of Business at INTI College Subang Jaya. He is currently focusing on his PhD in Leadership and Culture. He is a Qualified Cultural Intelligence Trainer and a member of the International Leadership Association. Brian teaches in the CIMA, CIM and CIPD programs.

 

Kelvin Tong
Kelvin has over 13 years of combined working experience and over 3 years lecturing for The Sunway Group and just over 11 years in the FMCG industry with British American Tobacco (BAT). He is currently holding the full-time position of Global Project Delivery Manager, based in Malaysia. Kelvin has extensive exposure to diverse cultures, gained in over 8 years of “globe-trotting” Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific. He has previously held senior positions as BAT France (Acting) Head of IT, BAT Caucasus & Central Asia Area Head of IT, and a member of the BAT Kazakhstan Leadership Team. He currently lectures part-time on CIM & CIMA professional programmes at NOESIS.

 

Christine Yap Yee Ming
MBA (Econ and Fin, NUS), FCCA, MIA, ICPAS

Christine is currently serving as a Senior Accounting Lecturer in one of the private universities in Malaysia. She has 10 years of teaching experience at bachelor degree level and in professional studies such as ACCA, CFA and CIMA. Christine’s main areas of expertise are Financial Accounting and Reporting. She has 12 years of industrial work experience, including spells as finance manager and accounting manager in foreign MNCs. During her career she has worked for companies such as Stryker, New Zealand Milk and ERA Reality Network in Singapore. Christine is currently pursuing a PhD at the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) focusing on management accounting practices and the role of accountants.

PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

  • CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting or
  • Relevant degrees in accountancy or business or
  • Accounting Technician qualification or
  • Selected relevant professional qualifications or
  • Recognized Open University certificates in accounting or
  • MBA (see below for more info)

Master’s gateway route

The Master’s gateway route is an accelerated entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the globally recognised CGMA designation for individuals who hold an MBA or Master’s in Accounting.

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 2015 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 12 exemptions that include subjects from the certificate level, operational and management level exams, allowing you to progress straight to the Strategic level of CIMA Professional Qualification.