CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants course in Sri Lanka – A quick guide

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CIMA is considered as one of the most recognized Professional Qualifications in Sri Lanka. CIMA Sri Lanka operates under CIMA UK which is the global headquarters. Currently there are thousands CIMA students in Sri Lanka while 95% CIMA qualified persons are employed in business sector. Most of them hold positions as top CEOs and top class managers. Rest 5% assumed to be in final years of their undergraduate courses.

CIMA Course content

CIMA mainly focus on Management Accounting. But ii has a broader coverage under three subject area pillars such as

Management Accounting Pillar
Financial Accounting Pillar
Business Management Pillar

A student has to follow ten subjects i.e three subjects in each pillar upon completion of Foundation level. The overall CIMA syllabus focuses mainly on Financial Management. Basically there are five levels such as Foundation, Operational Level, Managerial Level, Strategic Level and TOP CIMA. Foundation Level is also known as CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. It consist of five papers namely

Fundamentals of Management Accounting- Focus on cost behavior, standard costing, control etc,.
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting-Focus on Accounting basics and final accounts of Sole enterprise
Fundamentals of Business Mathematics-Focus on Basic Mathematics, Probability, Forecasting etc,.
Fundamentals of Business Economics-Focus on Market system, micro and macro economics etc,.
Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate governance and Business Law-Focus on Laws of contract and   Employment, Ethics, Corporate governance, Company administration etc,.

A student can either follow formal tuition classes or can do self studying at home. There are standard text books published by CIMA and available at leading bookshops in Sri Lanka. The examination for foundation level is a Computer Based Examination (Online exam). They consist of several MCQs and OTQs. Students can results immediately upon completion. There are Computer Bases Assessment Centers (CBA) in all leading Tuition classes and in CIMA Sri Lanka Division, Narahenpita.  Foundation Level exams can be taken during any time of year.

Who can start CIMA

CIMA student base consist of school children to graduates and also employees. The minimum entry requirement is to be more than 16 years old. However its recommended to start CIMA upon completion of GCE Ordinary Level Examination. Most of university undergraduates follow CIMA as their professional qualification. Any student can start CIMA regardless of their knowledge on this area. Majority of Engineering Undergraduates study CIMA as their secondary qualification. Graduates are also eligible for exemptions at Foundation Level.

The cost for completing CIMA dependent upon method of studying. An average student can complete CIMA within Rs 300,000/- to RS 400,000/-. Registering for CIMA can be done online with several simple steps. You can visit for further details.

Tuition classes for CIMA available in Colombo and other main cities. You can select a full time timetable or part time timetable depending on your occupation. Classes for each level usually scheduled for 6 months starting on December and May. CIMA exams are held twice a year under guidance of Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka.  A student can complete CIMA within 2 ½ to 3 years.

Job prospects for CIMA

The conventional career goal of CIMA was Chartered Management Accountant. However sense CIMA course covers areas like HR, Marketing, IT & IS, Operational Management, Project Management and Strategic management there are plenty of job opportunities in Sri Lanka.

Contact details of CIMA Sri Lanka Division

356 Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 05

254 Peradeniya Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Tel: 00 94 (0) 11 250 3880 (Colombo) 00 94 (0) 81 222 7882 / 7883 (Kandy)
Fax: 00 94 (0) 11 250 3881 (Colombo) 00 94 (0) 81 220 3843 (Kandy)


CIMA Tuition providers (CIMA Classes) in Sri Lanka

Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka – Colombo

Knowledge Base Business Studies (Pvt) Ltd – Dehiwala

Academy of Business Studies (Pvt) Ltd – Colombo

Academy of Management Education –  Mount Lavina T:4510101

Achievers Lanka Business School – Colombo T:5321321

South Asian Institute of Technology and Management – Malabe

Imperial College (ICBS) – Colombo T:4515353

Mercury Institute of Management – Colombo T:2370643

AG School of Business & Computing Studies Pvt Ltd –  Negombo T:031 2227970

Virtual Business School – Colombo T: 0777 666949

MIIT Education – Kandy T:081 2222876

Wisdom Business Academy (Private) Limited – Colombo T:2370995

MCS – Jaffna T:021 2226373

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Author: Kalana Tennakoon:

KalanaKalana is a final year undergraduate of University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He passed Finalist of CImA (UK) at age of 23 in May 2009. Find out more about him on twitter (@kalanatenakoon) or



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  1. pavithra August 25, 2015 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    I have complete the Charted intermediate level in 2014 march and completed the AAT final level in 2009 (subject passed) without prescribed practical training.I need to know how many steps relies me in CIMA according to above there any practical training for when getting the CIMA qualified

  2. Premakumar Fernando December 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    I am a senior FCMA now coaching students for strategic level exams and TOPCIMA. My students are world over and all of them have done well. Please visit my website and if you need tuition contact me.

  3. rana December 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    charterd exams are very hard .cima=easy.cima pass rates=55% for subject.but charterd it is 5% is 20 times harder

  4. faizul November 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    dear sir,
    i like to continue my higher education like CIMA in ur university so i want the details and fees to carry on futher and all the facilities ur having

  5. Dyan October 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Im pass finalist in aat and i did that in sinhala medium.. some one toled me if we did aat in sinhala medium we unable to get cima exemptions … is that true ???

  6. Vidu April 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi..i’m after ol student.i like to flw u think is it importent thing to me??cause i’m still nt sit for the al if i flw cima now is it importent to my future?

  7. Atchara September 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    i need some details about when the course start at this year and i want the time tables too. and also i have to know the payment for this course at the finishing.

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