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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Why study CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting?

The aim of the Certificate in Business Accounting offered at IIE MSA is to produce competent and confident management accounting professionals who can guide and lead their organisations to sustainable success. The Certificate can be completed as a stand-alone qualification, giving students a recognised certification in the fundamentals of accounting, economics, ethics, corporate governance and law.

Additionally, the Certificate in Business Accounting offers an entry route to the IIE MSA Foundation Programme or the Professional CIMA Qualification, and has direct links to the three learning pillars on which the 2015 Professional syllabus is based. If a student complies with the prerequisites as set by IIE MSA, they will be allowed to enter the IIE BBusSci degree.

The programme may also present opportunities to students previously excluded and enable adult learners to obtain a professional qualification, which will assist them with employability and further opportunities to obtain an academic and/or professional qualification.

The involvement of CIMA adds an international focus to the qualification that might result in stronger relationships being built between South Africa and other countries. IIE MSA and CIMA are currently expanding into Africa, and this should contribute to raise the profile of the profession in Africa.

The programme will be presented by IIE MSA, but students will sit for the CIMA examination and by successful completion of all four subject examinations, will be awarded the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.  This adds an international focus to the qualification.

Programme Outline

For successful completion of the CIMA certificate in Business Accounting, the following modules need to be completed:

The four subject examinations may be taken in any order and in any combination, they can be studied either sequentially or concurrently. All examinations are sat by computer-based assessment (CBA) at Pearson VUE test centres. Students may sit the examinations at any time of year, and will receive a permanent credit for any subject in which they achieve a pass. Students aiming to progress to the CIMA Professional qualification must fully complete the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting prior to sitting any CIMA Professional assessments. On successful completion of the four subject examinations, students are awarded the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, and can use the designatory letters CIMA Cert BA after their name.


6 months


February 2019, May 2019, October 2019

Application Closing Dates

IIE MSA must receive your application at least two weeks before the start of that particular intake.

2019 Annual Programme Fee:

R 25,000 (1,731.62 USD)

(textbooks and CIMA registration included)
* Note that fees are subject to an annual change.


Domestic/South African students are adviced to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each module in full before the commencement date of the module.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure

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Programme Information

Mode of Delivery

The programme utilises a mixed mode of delivery, incorporating contact sessions, online resources and a combination of assessment methods. The instructional duration per module is twelve weeks - contact sessions and a tutorial on campus on six Saturdays, supplemented by online learning activities such as discussion forums on weekends and during the twelve weeks dedicated to each module.


The assessment for the modules are through CIMA directly, The programme includes a mock examination to prepare candidates for the CIMA examinations.

Site of Delivery

The Certificate in Business Accounting is offered at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig.

Local Entry Requirements

To gain access to the Certificate in Business Accounting, you will need:

A South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a good understanding of English and Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
Adequate working experience.

No other formal entry qualifications are needed.

As such, it provides open access to a stand-alone business and accounting qualification and a springboard to the Professional CIMA Qualification for those without a relevant degree or other accounting qualification.

You must be at least 17 years old when you enrol (applications may be made while you at 16). Our classes are taught and assessed in English.

To complete the Certificate in Business Accounting, an applicant must:

  • Register as a student with CIMA;
  • Study for, sit and pass four computer-based assessments, as defined within the syllabus.

International Entry Requirements

International students will need to supply a grade 12 NCS SAQA equivalent certificate. Alternatively, a Higher Certificate or equivalent qualification will be considerd.


Certificate in Business Accounting (Awarded by CIMA)


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