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CIMA Core Topics

The CIMA Core of Body of Knowledge includes five knowledge domains covering 22 knowledge sections that investment advisors and consultants with at least three years’ experience are required to know.

























If you are a candidate for CIMA certification, the exam will test the major topic areas below.

Please download and review the Candidate Handbook for a detailed content outline.  

Exam Percentage Domains Sections
15% Fundamentals Statistics and Methods, Applied Finance and Economics, Global Capital Markets
 
20% Investments Vehicles, Equity, Fixed income, Alternative investments, Options/futures, Real assets
 
20% Portfolio Theory and Behavioral Finance Portfolio theories and models, Behavioral finance, Investment philosophies and styles, Tools and strategies
 
20% Risk and Return Attributes of risk, Risk measurements, Performance measurement and attribution
 
25% Portfolio Construction and Consulting Process Ethics, Client discovery, Investment policy, Portfolio construction, Manager search and selection, Portfolio review and revisions