Certificate in Business Accounting Qualification

Certificate in Business Accounting Qualification

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With the continued aim of supporting the SME community in DLR to increase competitiveness and manage their company’s growth, we are delighted to have partnered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to offer a discount on the Certificate in Business Accounting qualification in a highly flexible format. This is a unique offering to SME companies and their employees in DLR.

Many SME owners have found themselves running a business without any formal business qualification and subsequently lacking the skills and confidence to make important business decisions. This is a practical and broad course aimed at owner managers/ key employees of SMEs who want to learn best practice in the areas of:

  • Business Economics
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

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.

From a financial point of view, students of this course will not only support their businesses in managing and forecasting their finances but it will also allow them to plan around external influences to support their company’s growth. Good financial management and corporate governance are critical for growth in today’s challenging and increasingly competitive and legal environment.

Flexibility is the central theme of this course with students able to start when suits them and study and take exams at their own pace. The course typically takes 6 to 12 months to complete, however this is completely dependent on the individual.


The normal course fees are as follows:

The offer to DLR SMEs is as follows:

  • Registration + exams = £457 (€507)*
  • Registration + exams = £411 (457)*
  • Tuition cost:

Kaplan - 220 per subject (total 880)

  • Tuition cost:

Kaplan - 200 per subject (total 800)

  • Less LEO discount100
  • TOTAL: = 1387
  • TOTAL: = 1237

* rate of 0.9

** available from January 2020


How to apply:

Potential students should complete an expression of interest form which will be assessed internally in LEO DLR.

If successful you will be issued with a promotional code from CIMA which will entitle you to the above discounts.

Registration with CIMA will open on Tuesday 10th March and close on Tuesday 24th March.

The end result is an internationally recognised qualification at a significant discount. This is the first time that CIMA has partnered with a support agency globally to provide this incentive to raise the skills of its SME population. 

The offer is limited to 50 students in any one year and is offered on a first come first served basis for qualifying students. 

“Good financial, legal and governance literacy is essential in any organisation and especially for SMEs that are looking to expand and compete in this increasingly complex commercial world. This globally recognised qualification provides a unique opportunity for SMEs in DLR to safeguard their futures. We are delighted to be the first public body globally to work with CIMA to providing a discount to our SME community” Owen Laverty, Head of Enterprise DLR

Please note:

  • This offer is valid for one year only – 1 July 2019 to 30 July 2020 with a limit of 50 places.
  • Prices are correct at the time of this notice but may vary.  We have no control over costs and CIMA registration fee and/or exam/ exemption fees are subject to change.