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Practical experience requirements (PER)

A guide to submitting your PER. In order to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), you need a minimum of three years' verified relevant work-based practical experience.

How to become a CGMA designation holder

To become a Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®) designation holder, you need three years of verified relevant professional experience.

The PER process is an essential part of the CIMA Professional Qualification and CIMA’s membership application process. They complement the assessments and demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in the context of your professional experience.

Your application will be assessed to determine whether you have gained enough experience to be awarded Associate membership — giving you the Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and CGMA designations.

When am I eligible for ‘membership’?

You can start recording your experience, skills and achievements at any stage in your CIMA journey. To apply for membership will you need:

Three years of experience in a finance role. CIMA students and members hold a broad range of job titles, so we don’t prescribe a list of acceptable or expected job titles. We focus instead on what you do in your day-to-day work. This ensures the work activities you undertake during your initial professional development are relevant to becoming a qualified management accountant.

You are likely to be working or have worked in one of the following areas:

• Management accounting• Performance management
• Finance business partnering• Audit and assurance
• Accounting• Business intelligence and data analysis
• Professional services and consulting• Risk management
• Financial and management reporting• Taxation
• Financial management• Banking
• Financial planning and analysis• Treasury
  • Achievement of work activities that are core and critical to the role of the management accountant

  • Development of professional skills or behaviours that are essential to the management accountant

How to start your PER application

We’ve recently updated the PER process to make it more relevant. For your application you will need three years of relevant experience in a finance role, be able to demonstrate the core activities and the professional skills and behaviours as outlined above.

To get started you should:

  • Access the application through your My Profile account

  • Read the guidance for applicants and other resources available

  • Get your PER supervisor on board (find more information in the guidance)

  • Start thinking about examples for the core activities and the skills and behaviours you want to use to demonstrate you have met the PER application criteria.

  • Check the Practical Experience Requirements FAQ's if you have any questions


Practical experience requirements (PER) - guidance for applicants

Guidance for applicants completing their PER application to gain CIMA membership and the CGMA designation

Sample response to STAR - Core activities

STAR template sample responses with assessor commentary

Sample response to STAR – Skills and behaviours

STAR template sample responses with assessor commentary

Practical experience requirements (PER) - guidance for PER supervisors

Guidance for PER supervisors supporting an applicant completing their PER application

PER assessment - originality in recording your personal work experience

Guidance on originality in your PER application

Nine top tips for STAR template success

Superstar - Nine to tips for STAR template success

PER Supervisors letter template

Guidance to support you when contacting your PER supervisor to sign off on your experience and professional achievements.

PER supervisor - Multiple supervisor examples

Guidance and examples of the number of PER Supervisors you need

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