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CIMA® Certification Process Changing in June 2018

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Posted By: Kaplan Financial Education
Published: October 23, 2018

Investments & Wealth Institute™ has announced changes to the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Certification Program process that went into effect in June 2018. There are three major changes for which you need to be aware.

CIMA® Certification Process Changes Effective June 1, 2018

  • Content organization: The CIMA Core Body of Knowledge (CBOK) now addresses 469 topics organized into 22 sections and 5 knowledge domains, rather than 6. The new knowledge domains are detailed below.
  • Exam change: The process of earning CIMA certification was reduced from five steps to four. The Qualification and Certification exams are combined into a single comprehensive CIMA Certification Exam. 
  • Education curriculum: Beginning June 1, 2018, all registered education providers must teach the revised body of knowledge. As of August 1, 2018, the revised comprehensive CIMA Certification Exam replaced the existing exams at established Pearson VUE testing centers. 

The changes are the result of a joint study by the Institute, conducted in partnership with Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO)™ and a series of qualitative focus groups, to determine which advanced competencies were most applicable to delivering high quality investment advice. As a result of the study, the current CBOK changed, effective June 1, 2018, when registered education providers began teaching the new curriculum. (If you're considering getting your CIMA certification, check out our exam prep options here.)

CIMA® Certification Program New Knowledge Domains

The new knowledge domains and exam weights covered in the CIMA® certification CBOK, effective June 1, 2018, are:

  • Fundamentals: Statistics and Methods, Applied Finance and Economics, Global Capital Markets (15% of the exam)
  • Investments: Vehicles, Equity, Fixed Income, Alternative Investments, Options/Futures, Real Assets (20% of the exam)
  • Portfolio Theory and Behavioral Finance: Portfolio Theories and Models, Behavioral Finance, Investment Philosophies and Styles, Tools and Strategies (20% of the exam)
  • Risk and Return: Attributes of Risk, Risk Measurements, Performance Measurement and Attribution (20% of the exam)
  • Portfolio Construction and Consulting Process: Ethics, Client Discovery, Investment Policy, Portfolio Construction, Manager Search and Selection, Portfolio Review and Revisions (25% of the exam)

CIMA® Exam Changes Timeline

So how do these changes affect candidates for CIMA certification? We’ve broken down the key dates below, and what they mean for candidates as they prepare for the CIMA Certification Exam:

  • As of March 31, 2018: Testing centers no longer offer the Qualification Exam. Candidates who have already passed the Qualification Exam were encouraged to study and sit for the Certification Exam by June 30, 2018. 
  • Starting June 1, 2018: All registered education providers began teaching the revised CIMA® Core Body of Knowledge. Candidates entering the CIMA certification process after March 1, 2018, were encouraged to complete the new process.
  • Starting August 1, 2018: Certification exams now test the revised CIMA® Core Body of Knolwedge. 

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