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CMA Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for CMA certification, you must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. Active membership in the Institute of Management Accountants
  2. Pay the CMA Entrance Fee
  3. Satisfy the Education Qualification
  4. Satisfy the Experience Qualification
  5. Complete all required examination parts
  6. Comply with the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice

Education Qualification

To become a certified CMA, candidates must satisfy one of the following education requirements and submit verification of education to ICMA.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A partial listing of accredited International and US institutions is available at: http://univ.cc/world.php.
  • Degrees that are not accredited must be evaluated by an independent agency. A listing of these agencies can be found at aice-eval.org or http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
  • If you cannot locate your college or university on the accredited listing, please contact us at ima@imanet.org.
  • Verification: All transcripts should be mailed directly from your college or university to the address below. If you cannot submit your transcripts, please mail us a notarized copy.
  • Professional Certifications
  • A listing of approved certifications can be found here.
  • Verification: An official letter from approved certifying organization confirming you are a qualified member should be mailed directly from the certifying organization to the address below.

All education verification needs to be submitted in English. Please include your IMA member number.

Experience Qualification

Candidates for the CMA Certification must complete two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting and/or financial management. This requirement may be completed prior to or within seven years of passing the examination. Teaching qualifies as related professional experience when it is full-time and at least 60% of the course load taught is accounting or finance above the principles level over a two-year period. Professional experience is expected to be gained in full-time employment. However, continuous part-time positions of 20 hours per week meeting the definition of qualified experience will count toward this requirement at a rate of one year of experience for every two years of part-time employment.

Qualifying experience consists of positions requiring judgments regularly made employing the principles of management accounting and financial management. Such employment includes:

  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Financial planning & analysis
  • Monthly, quarterly, and year end close
  • Auditing (external or internal)
  • Budget preparation & reporting
  • Manage general ledger and balance sheets
  • Forecasting
  • Company investment decision making
  • Costing analysis
  • Risk evaluation

Employment requiring the occasional application of management accounting principles such as in computer operations, sales and marketing, manufacturing, engineering, personnel, and general management will not satisfy this requirement. Internships and trainee, clerical, or non-technical positions do not provide appropriate experience to fulfill this requirement.

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