The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) launched its digital learning CGMA Finance Leadership Program to students and employers in the UK as an alternative pathway to completing CIMA’s CGMA Professional Qualification.

The launch comes in response to increased demand to deliver remote access and flexible self-placed online learning.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program covers competencies in accounting, business, people, leadership and digital skills set out in the Professional Qualification syllabus and assesses their application across operations, management and strategy. Students can start their learning journey at an appropriate entry level, building on existing education achievement, with their employer able to monitor and support their students as they progress.

There will be two subscription options for the Finance Leadership Program, called Skills Plus and Skills Premium. The Association has partnered with Kaplan, who will provide Skills Premium subscribers with expert-led live online classes for competencies and Case Study preparation, as well as a tutor who can be contacted to give further help on difficult topics.

Upon successful completion of each of the three levels of guided learning and assessments, participants must successfully pass the end of level Case Study exams and meet professional experience requirements to become a CGMA designation holder and CIMA member. It also gives access to the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the world’s largest body of accounting professionals, representing nearly 700,000 members and students.

The Association’s UK & Ireland regional vice president Paul Turner said: “The world is changing, and the CGMA Finance Leadership Program has been launched to meet the growing demand for self-paced e-learning in the U.K. Whilst traditional learning and examinations in test centres still have their place, it is right in the digital age that we offer alternative pathways to learn, understand and apply finance skills and knowledge.

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“Earning CIMA’s CGMA Professional Qualification helps lay the foundation for a fantastic career and opens up opportunities to be a successful business leader. I’m delighted that through the CGMA Finance Leadership Program we can offer these opportunities to more people than ever before, while maintaining the exceptionally high standards of the qualification.”