Two years ago CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) decided to migrate its global Certificate in Business Accounting computer based assessments to the Pearson VUE platform. Pearson VUE is a global testing company that delivers millions of high-stakes tests a year around the world for clients in the licensure, certification, academic admissions, regulatory, and government markets.
It boasts the world?s leading test centre network, with over 5,000 test centres in 165 countries, 230 of which are fully-owned and -operated Pearson Professional Centres.
This migration is now in the final stages and from the end of June 2012 will be fully completed. In this process, the CIMA CBA Exam Centre in Illovo will no longer offer CBA assessments after June 30, because Pearson VUE has a testing centre at Sandton City, less than 4kms away.
Says Samantha Louis, CIMA Africa regional director: "This is good news for our CBA students in South Africa because the number of centres will increase from nine in five provinces, to 27 in eight provinces. This is a distinct advantage for those CIMA students in smaller urban and outlying cities as exam centres will now be present in 19 different city areas. It truly will be even easier than before to study CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and find an exam centre in close proximity.
"This move is in line with our commitment to support the Department of Higher Education in its quest to make education more accessible particularly for those in rural areas. The beauty of CIMA studies are that they can be completed by self study, online at CIMAStudy.com or through a tuition provider. These additional exam centres now include cities such as Nelspruit and Upington, meaning that students in those areas will no longer need to travel to Johannesburg or Pretoria to complete their assessments.'
The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting is CIMA?s own entry route to its professional qualification, and is the foundation course for those wishing to enter the profession of management accounting without any prior qualification.
Pearson Professional Centres utilise a patent-winning design, which was created specifically for high-stakes testing and offers a carefully controlled, consistent testing environment; Pearson VUE is a part of Pearson plc, an $8 billion corporation that is the largest commercial testing company and education publisher in the world.
These are key advantages for CIMA CBA students and demonstrate CIMA?s commitment to continuous improvement and to taking advantage of new and improved platforms and technologies.