Become a CMA: Three Easy Steps to Get Started:
1. Enroll in the CMA Program
2. Register for the Exam
3. Plan to Complete Certification Requirements
Things you should know before taking the exam:
Take Part 1 or Part 2 in any order
Each exam registration is valid for only one exam window
Testing windows are offered in January/February, May/June, and September/October
Students may take the exam before graduating
Three year span to sit and pass both sections of CMA exam
CMA Program Fees:
For Professional Members: CMA Entrance Fee (nonrefundable): $250
Exam Fee (per part): $415
For Student/Academic Members: CMA Entrance Fee (nonrefundable): $188*
Exam Fee (per part): $311
*IMA membership is additional and also required.
Maintaining Your CMA Credential:
30 hours of CPE credit annually (including 2 ethics hours)
Active IMA membership
CMA maintenance fee
Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Information:
For more than 40 years, the CMA (Certified Management Accountant)
certification has been the global benchmark for management accountants
and financial professionals. CMAs can explain the "why"
behind numbers, not just the "what." And that can give you greater
credibility, higher earning potential, and ultimately a seat at the
The CMA credential is the worldwide gold standard in certification for accounting and finance professionals within the business world. Earning your CMA demonstrates the fact that you have mastered critical accounting and financial management skills.
According to the IMA US Salary Survey, March 2017, CMAs earn 28% more in the U.S. than noncertified professionals. In fact, a
22-year-old CMA could enjoy more than $500,000 in additional lifetime
earnings. More importantly, the certification is a pathway to a more
successful business career: one that opens doors, builds confidence,
closes skills gaps, and lets you tap into a network of 85,000
professionals around the globe.
Requirements to earn the CMA:
- Membership in the IMA
- Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA Exam.
- Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or a related professional certification.
- Have two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management.
- Abide by IMA's Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.
The CMA Exam: Two Parts covering 11 Competencies
Part One: Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance, and
Financial Reporting Decisions
Budgeting, and Forecasting
Part Two: Financial Decision Making
This is up-to-date from the official IMA site as of 03/29/2017.