CIMA Certification Exam Prep Workshop from Chicago Booth

Prepare for the CIMA® Certification Exam with an intensive workshop.

The CIMA® Certification Exam Prep Workshop from Chicago Booth is a review course that covers exam topics and provides a final wrap-up to tie all of the material together. This session is a supplement to the Chicago Booth CIMA Education Program*; not a substitute for the education program requirement.

Workshop Features:

  • Online, live instruction. Sessions are recorded for offline viewing, but we highly recommend you attend these live sessions since they are interactive and give you an ability to participate and ask questions.
  • Easy-to-use learning management platform. Includes several E-Books, numerous practice problems and quizzes, and an online Q&A platform to ask questions as you continue to study for the Certification Exam.
  • Three bonus live-online sessions dedicated to practice problem solving.

April 2021 Workshop Online Schedule (13.5 hours of instruction time). All times in CDT:

  • Wednesday, April 7: 7–8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 8: 9–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 9: 9–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 10: 9–10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Practice Problem Solving Sessions (6 hours of instruction time). All times in CDT:

  • Part 1: Wednesday, April 14, 7–9 p.m.
  • Part 2: Sunday, April 18: 9–11 a.m.
  • Part 3: Wednesday, April 21: 7–9 p.m.

Important Deadlines:

April Workshop

Register by March 29 to receive printed workbooks to use during the online sessions. Candidates after March 29 can be accommodated but will need to refer to the digital versions or print their own copies. Registration deadline is end of business day, Monday, April 5.


*INVESTMENTS & WEALTH INSTITUTE® is a registered mark of Investment Management Consultants Association Inc., doing business as Investments & Wealth Institute. CIMA® and CERTIFIED INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT ANALYST® are registered certification marks of Investment Management Consultants Association Inc., doing business as Investments & Wealth Institute.

This workshop is applicable to a wide range of financial professionals, including independent advisors, investment consultants, national and regional broker-dealer representatives, bank/trust employees, and investors.

In particular:

  • CIMA candidates who are preparing for the Certification Exam.
  • Those who plan to attend an approved education program and want to prepare in advance in order to get the most out of the experience.
  • Anyone who is considering CIMA certification and wants insight into the knowledge required for the exam.
  • Anyone who wants to refresh knowledge on these topics.

Kathleen Fitzgerald

Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategic Management

Kathleen Fitzgerald is known at the University of Chicago as a superb educator. She brings a remarkably wide array of experience as an educator and a practitioner to the classroom. She has taught courses in Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Money and Banking, International Finance and Financial Management.

She is currently teaching for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the University of Chicago Law School. Her past experience includes the University of Massachusetts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and several Universities in Barcelona, Spain.

Kathleen also holds the position of Director of Academic Support at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business in Chicago, London and Hong Kong in which she prepares students of Chicago Booth Executive MBA program for the rigors of Chicago’s quantitative approach to finance, economics, statistics, and marketing.

Her professional experience includes auditing and tax consulting at Ernst & Young, LLP and forensic accounting consulting at Chicago Partners.

Kathleen graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1990 and a MBA in 1994. She passed the Unified C.P.A. examination in 1994 and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

The University of Chicago has a well-planned approach to teaching the CIMA curriculum. All of the important concepts are covered in a clear, concise format. The professors really want to make sure you understand the material and go to great lengths to provide intuition behind some of the math concepts. The class is very interactive and the faculty make themselves easily accessible throughout the class. I strongly recommend this program to anyone considering attaining the designation.

- Todd Muentzer, CIMA®, ETF Specialist

This was a great overall experience.  Kathleen does a great job presenting and reviewing the content.  It was also beneficial to connect with other students preparing for the exam.

- Jon Maldonado, Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services

Excellent program with in-depth analysis of calculation needed for course material.

- Robert Filetti, Robert Baird

This class was far above my expectations.  This is a great value for the cost.

- Alicia Frye, Regional Business Consultant, Symmetry Partners

I got the passing score I needed to finally achieve my CIMA credentials. I was and am still ecstatic about this accomplishment and absolutely credit it to the Chicago Booth workshop and team for helping me get here. I would tell anyone interested in the CIMA program or who is trying to finish the certification process that the Booth workshop is the way to go.

- Jen Litton, CDFA, CIMA®

Having the two day review class at Booth is a major differentiator from the other education programs. Having a two day intensive review upon completion of the material helped me identify areas of weakness that I needed to focus on before the exam and embolden my confidence in the material I knew well coming into the exam.

- Greg Goin CFP®, CIMA®, CLU®, CRPC® Advisory Solutions Director

There are very few people that I have met that have a true depth of knowledge in their field.  Kathleen is one of them.  She is amazing in her understanding of the concepts.

- Program past participant



   *Summer and fall CIMA workshops will be held in-person at Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago IL.

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee Format
August 4-7, 2021 $1,125 Live-Online Register Now
December 2-3, 2021 $1,500 In-Person Register Now