This institute keeps pulling out all the stops to ensure its members' continued employability.

Author:Coghlan, John
Position:IN BUSINESS - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CIMA has grown to almost 70,000 members and 85,000 students. Having doubled in size in 14 years, it's also the fastest-growing chartered accountancy body in the UK, according to the latest figures from the Financial Reporting Council's professional oversight board.

Employers are increasingly recognising the relevance of our qualification and the quality of our members. We are consistently raising our profile and improving our support systems for both members and students worldwide.

The institute can lay claim to the most up-to-date curriculum in management accountancy. We revise it approximately every four years and at the design stage of the syllabus we enlist the help of more than 1,000 employers worldwide. They provide us with direction and content and they also predict the skills and knowledge that they believe future management accountants will need. Their contribution keeps our syllabus and, therefore, your qualification relevant, and helps to differentiate it for the business community.

We are always seeking ways to use technology to advance the qualification. Recently we introduced a new trial in relation to the Test of Professional Competence in Management Accounting (TOPCIMA), giving four opportunities a year to take the exam using computers (two of which coincide with the optional handwritten TOPCIMA). The MindPlanning resource has also been introduced to help students improve their exam technique (

Since its launch in January the new CIMA professional development programme has been building momentum and employers are taking a great interest in it. We are constantly improving tools, such as the CPD Planner to help you record and plan your career development, and we will soon be launching an ethical decision-making module as part of the CPD package.

Having already made more than 100 CPD products and services available, we're as...

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