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Certificate Level

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting offers an entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification, and has direct links to the three learning pillars on which the Professional Qualification is based. Alternatively the Certificate in Business Accounting can be completed as a stand-alone qualification, providing students with foundational knowledge of the essential elements of finance.



The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting is assessed by 4 objective tests – one for each subject. All examinations are completed through computer-based assessment (CBA) at Pearson VUE test centres.

When should I write my exam?

Students may sit the examinations at any time of the year. 

If you attend classes, we recommend that you write your objective test within 2 weeks of completing your last class. Home study and online classes students should expect to complete each subject within approximately 8 weeks, and should write their objective tests as soon as they are ready.

Exam format

BA1, BA2 and BA3 consist of 60 compulsory objective test questions, while BA4 consists of 85 objective test questions. All objective tests are 2 hours long.

Booking your exam

You must be a registered CIMA student with a CIMA contact ID to be eligible to sit an exam. You can book your exam online via your MyCIMA account. You will be transferred to the Pearson VUE website where you can select the venue closest to you, as well as the date you wish to write on.

Paying for your exam

You are able to pay for your exam online through your MyCIMA account via credit or debit card, or you can include these fees on your IBTC invoice and we will pay it over to CIMA on your behalf.

Please note that you still have to register for your exam yourself via your MyCIMA account even if you chose to include your exam fees in your IBTC invoice.

IBTC exam centres

If you reside in Cape Town or Johannesburg, you can write your exam at the IBTC Pearson VUE centres. Have a cup of coffee and a biscuit before you write, and meet our staff! Click here to get in touch with one of our Pearson VUE assessment centres.

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