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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA CERT BA)


The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) will help students with little or no accounting experience unleash their true business potential. Teaching core business and finance skills beyond simple financial accounting, Cert BA syllabus is the perfect stepping stone towards a career in business and finance.

The Cert BA is a qualification in it's own right and also forms a formal entry route into the CIMA Professional Qualification. Once students successfully complete both qualifications and qualify for membership, they will be awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. 


cima logo The framework comprises of the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and the CIMA Professional Qualification.

AWARD / Membership of the Chartered Insitute of Management Accountants and the CGMA designation




Upon completing the Certificate, you will be able to proceed to the CIMA Professional Qualification, starting at the Operational level (CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting).



Admission Requirements:

A South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a good understanding of English and Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
Adequate working experience.

If you hold a Master’s or MBA in Accounting, you can take the accelerated Master’s Gateway route to the CIMA Professional Qualification.


Upon completion you will receive your CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA CERT BA)


Full/Part Time, From R402/pm

  • Registration Fee: R3 500
  • 5 Interest Free Instalments: From R2 899/pm
  • 8 Instalments (external finance): From R1 812/pm
  • 12 Instalments (external finance): From R1 208/pm
  • 36 Instalments (external finance): From R402/pm
  • R 17 999 (Includes study material and exams)


Distance Learning, From R347/pm

  • Registration Fee: R3 500

   5 Interest Free Instalments: From R2 499/pm

  • 8 Instalments (external finance): From R1 562/pm
  • 12 Instalments (external finance): From R1 041/pm
  • 36 Instalments (external finance): From R347/pm
  • R 15 999 (Includes study material and exams)

We provide flexible and affordable payment options to ensure the course is always within your reach. To read more about our finance options, CLICK HERE






6 Months

Who Should Attend

If you are considering a career as:

  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • Business Managers
  • Financial Managers

Our Learning Methods

At The Business Academy we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques influenced by circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. We have therefore developed our myWay learning methodology to suit all learners and ensure everyone has all the opportunity to achieve learning success. We deliver our qualifications via three modern and flexible delivery methods.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience. Our full time offering consist of learning sessions that make up a full day or selective days within a week.

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Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time program covers the same amount of information as our full time offering. Combined with our myWay Blended Learning, at home exercises/assignments and in-class lectures, this will have you ready for exams in no time. Sessions depend on what qualification you do.

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We have redefined distance learning studies. Our myWay Distance Learning ensures that the student never gets left alone to do only self-study by taking a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms and at home exercises and assignments, all managed by our myAcademy Student Portal.

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Fundamentals of Business Economics (BA1)

BA1 focuses on the economic and operating context of business and how the factors of competition, the behaviour of financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation. It also deals with the information available to assist management in evaluating and forecasting the behaviour of consumers, markets and the economy in general

Students will gain an understanding of the areas of economic activity relevant to an organisation’s decisions and, within this context, the numerical techniques to support such decisions.

  • A. Macroeconomic and Institutional Context of Business (25%)
  • B. Microeconomics and Organisational Context of Business (30%)
  • C. Informational Context of Business (20%)
  • D. Financial Context of Business (25%)

Fundamentals of Management Accounting (BA2)

BA2 teaches students fundamental knowledge and techniques that underpin management accounting. It identifies the position of the management accountant within organisations and the role of CIMA. The subject portrays the role of management accounting in the contexts of commercial and public sector bodies and its wider role in society.

  • A. The Context of Management Accounting (10%)
  • B. Costing (25%)
  • C. Planning and Control (30%)
  • D. Decision Making (35%)

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (BA3)

In BA3 students will obtain a practical understanding of financial accounting and the process behind the preparation of financial statements for single entities.

These statements are prepared within a conceptual and regulatory framework requiring an understanding of the role of legislation and of accounting standards. The need to understand and apply necessary controls for accounting systems, and the nature of errors is also covered. There is an introduction to measuring financial performance with the calculation of basic ratios.

  • A. Accounting Principles, Concepts and Regulations (10%)
  • B. Recording Accounting Transactions (50%)
  • C. Preparation of Accounts for Single Entities (30%)
  • D. Analysis of Financial Statements (10%)

Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law (BA4)

In BA4 students will gain an understanding of the professional standards to be demonstrated for the benefit of all stakeholders. With this in mind, the place of ethics and ethical conflict is an essential underpinning for commercial activity. It includes the role of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and audit; and their increasing impact in the management of organisations. Wherever business is conducted the legal and administrative framework underpins commercial activity. With this in mind the areas of contract law, employment law, administration and management of companies is considered.

  • A. Business Ethics and Ethical Conflict (30%)
  • B. Corporate Governance, Controls and Corporate Social Responsibility (45%)
  • C. General Principles of the Legal System, Contract and Employment Law (15%)
  • D. Company Administration (10%)


  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 January 2019
    28 January 2019
    Part Time
  • 23 January 2019
    28 January 2019
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 21 January 2019
    28 January 2019

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