The major change to the Certificate syllabus is that the C01, C02, C03, C04, C05 exams will be replaced with a new exam format from 2017.
The new format will require you to complete four exams – BA1, BA2, BA3 and BA4.
The diagrams illustrates how the two formats compare:
As you will see C03 has been discontinued and much of the content is distributed within BA1, BA2 and BA3.
How does this fit into the CIMA syllabus as a whole?
The new format closely relates to the recently updated 2015 professional qualification syllabus as shown in the illustration below.
Each Certificate subject links in with the Professional Qualification pillars with the exception of BA4 which interlinks them all.
What areas will be tested in each exam?
Here is a summary of the key topics for each of the new exams. For more detailed information on each of these areas visit http://www.cimaglobal.com/Global/2017%20Cert%20BA/Syllabus%20doc/CERT-BA-2017-SYLLABUS-071015.pdf
Please note the full syllabus will be tested in the exam so it's vital students revise ALL areas of the syllabus.
What is the format of the new exam?
The new two hour objective test exams consist of 60 questions for BA1, BA2 and BA3, and 85 questions for BA4.
The exams will be made up of narrative and numerical questions with the exception of BA4 which will be all narrative.
For the new 2017 exams there will be some new question types including drag and drop, hot spot and item sets. Existing questions types such as multiple choice, multiple response and number entry will also be used.
How will the results be determined and communicated?
Students will be given a provisional result at the exam centre followed by a ratified result within 48 hours. They will receive both a pass/fail grade and a scaled score. The pass mark for the exam will be communicated to students prior to the 2017 launch date.
When does it start?
The new exam format will be implemented from January 11th 2017. The last exam you can take under the old syllabus will be January 10th 2017.
How does this effect me?
Students should continue their studies as normal for C01, C02, C04 and C05.
If you have completed all certificate exams with the exception of C03 then you have two options:
1. Apply for a waiver from having to take the C03 exam. You may apply for this waiver from November 2nd 2015. There will be a fee of £56 for those students taking this option.
2. Alternatively you may decide to continue your studies and sit the C03 exam before January 2017.