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CIMA unveils its 2019 qualification

31 January 2019

In an exclusive interview with PQ magazine CIMA’s top man, Andrew Harding, stressed that with the launch of a new syllabus the institute is not only future-proofing the qualification it is future-proofing the profession! But, he wanted to stress what CIMA is launching is much more than just about exams and students. “It’s about learning for everyone and the new world we are in.”
For those already qualified CIMA is providing members with the tools to reboot their skills set. “Everyone is a learner now,” stressed Harding. To this end, it has launched the CGMA digital mindset programme.
The big difference from previous syllabus launches is the publishing of exam blueprints. These have been developed to help demystify the exams, improve student outcomes and increase employability.
The plan is to update these blueprints every April after listening to feedback, rather than going for huge syllabus reboots every four or five years.
The first new-look OTs will be examined in November 2019. This will also be the date of the last case study under the existing syllabus. However, as an added safeguard CIMA is providing case study resitters the chance of a February 2020 sitting using the same pre-seen.
The first case studies on the new syllabus will be available from February 2020.
CIMA told PQ magazine that it is looking to minimise the disruption to students. It has even launched a microsite for those in transition. The transition planner has 21 scenarios, so students can work out exactly how the changes affect them personally.
The new textbooks for the 2019 syllabus will be published in August and this will be the first time that students will be able to book their November test.
• For the full story see the next issue of PQ magazine.

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