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Changes to Cert BA

Shane Balzan explains the changes to CIMA’s Certificate in Business Accounting syllabus

January 2017

Exam booking is now available for the revised Certificate in Business Accounting 2017 syllabus. The earliest date students can sit the exam is 11 January 2017. The current syllabus will still be assessed until 10 January 2017.

What is new about the 2017 Cert BA?
We regularly review our qualifications to ensure they remain relevant and appropriate in terms of structure, content and assessment. Regarding structure, we are moving to four subjects instead of the current five.
The topics that are currently in the C03 Foundations of Business Mathematics have now been integrated into three Certificate Qualification subjects (BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics, BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting and BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting). In addition, we have updated the content of these as well as of the further subject, BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law. This will have less focus on contract and case law and more on ethics, ethical dilemmas and corporate governance.

Why we decided to update the syllabus
The Cert BA is designed to elevate people and businesses to success by developing skills and unlocking talent. It can be a standalone qualification designed to provide a solid grasp of the fundamentals of business or provide an entry route to the professional qualification.
With the help of 10 industry roundtable discussions conducted in eight countries with 90 organisations we were able to identify practical competencies required by junior finance staff and equivalent roles across business. Employers want junior finance professionals to have the ability to separate relevant information from non-relevant information.
They also expect them to be able to form opinions, provide managers with feedback and to be able to communicate effectively across the business. Therefore, it is important that the practical application of the theory we teach can be assessed.
In addition, we conducted five educational roundtables across five countries to review existing syllabus content and to make sure CIMA students are prepared as best as possible.
The new study materials for Cert BA, including exam and question tutorials, are already available and we wish all our students the best of luck for their exams.
• Shane Balzan, Head of Syllabus Development, Education Directorate, CIMA

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