Earning accounting certification is a big step toward improving your marketability and career advancement. GCMA certification awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is recognised around the world as a prestigious professional credential. GCMA certification demonstrates your commitment and competency in the accounting profession. Through rigorous assessments in accounting, finance and management accounting, GCMA certification validates your true stature as a professional accountant.


GCMA is jointly certificated by SQA and IQN. The certification is recognised on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) as a Level 8 qualification. SCQF is one of the national qualifications frameworks in the UK. SCQF is a partnership between the Quality Assurance Agency, College Development Network, SQA and Universities Scotland. GCMA certification stands as a Level 5 qualification in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Entry requirement

Entry Route A

(1) A Bachelor degree AND
(2) Minimum two years experience in accounting/finance role

Entry Route B

(1) A secondary degree (High School Diploma, HND, CFS or the global equivalent) AND
(2) Minimum five years experience in accounting/finance role

How to complete GCMA

There are three simple steps to successfully complete GCMA:

First step is to complete a quick registration with us. Click here to register your interest and confirm your country of residence. Once you complete your free registration, we will contact you through email and advise you regarding next steps.

If we have a registered centre in your location, you will need to attend GCMA exam preparation classes with the centre. If we do not have any registered centre in your location, we will share free coursebooks with you so that you can study independently.

Once your preparation is complete, you can take GCMA exams any time of the year. GCMA exams are available ‘on-demand in 175 countries through Pearson VUE Test Centres. The exams can be booked through Pearson VUE website.

Qualification Structure

GCMA certification consists of the following three units.

Unit Title SCQF Level EQF Level Credits
Accounting 8 5 40
Finance 8 5 40
Management Accounting 9 6 40

Exam Structure

There are three units/exams in GCMA certification: (1) Accounting (2) Finance and (3) Management Accounting. You have the freedom to attempt the exams in any order you prefer. Duration of each exam is 60 minutes and the total mark is 100. You will need to get minimum 50% marks to pass each exam. If you fail, you can resit the exam maximum 4 times at your convenient time.

Number of exams MCQs in each exam Marks for each exam Pass marks
3 35 MCQs 100 marks 50%


Our exam fee is £129 for each unit. Exam fees are payable through Pearson VUE web account. If you fail in your first exam, you can always resit by paying only £49. If you are studying with a registered centre, you will need to pay tuition fees to the centre.

Exam fee (per unit) Total exam fees Resit fee (each resit) Tuition fees
£129 £129 x 3 units = £387 £49 Decided by the centre


Stand out to your employers by gaining a professional certification alongside your degree. If you have already achieved a recognised qualification in accounting or finance, then you can claim exemption from GCMA exams. Click here to submit your exemption application for a free assessment. If your exemption application is successful, you will need to pay exemption fees within 30 days of your initial application. Our exemption fees are exactly the same as our exam fees. Students who have successfully completed the CFS certification can claim two exemptions in the GCMA.

Further Information

Click here to download our GCMA prospectus. If you need further information about the qualification, please contact us at support@iqnglobal.com.