WHAT IS A CIMA®? The CERTIFIED INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT ANALYST (CIMA®) certification program is designed for investment consultants with at least three years of experience in investment consulting. Offered through the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) CIMA® designees have passed a background check, completed a thorough education and training program and passed a comprehensive exam. Once awarded, continuing education is also required to maintain the designee’s credentials.