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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Why study CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting?

The aim of the Certificate in Business Accounting 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 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 Monash South Africa, they will be allowed to enter the BBusSci degree.

The course 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. MSA and CIMA are currently expanding into Africa, and this should contribute to raise the profile of the profession in Africa.

The course will be presented by 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 Professional qualification must fully complete the Certificate prior to sitting any 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


Intake 1: July 2018
Intake 2: February 2019

Application Closing Dates

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

2019 Annual Course Fee:

R 25,000 (1,735.68 USD)

(textbooks 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 unit in full before the commencement date of the unit.

International students are adviced to pay 80% of their semester fee 6-8 weeks before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date due to study visa requirements.

Course code:


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.


There will be a two hour computer based assessment, comprising of 60 compulsory objective test questions for each module.

Site of Delivery

The Certificate in Business Accounting is offered at the Monash South Africa campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.

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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