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Current CMA Candidates

"Cummins is a strong advocate for the CMA program, and there’s a lot of encouragement within the company to get certified. I hadn’t been with the company very long when I realized that taking the CMA would offer many advantages."

Kurt Riddle, CMA
Cummins Inc.

"I believe it’s very important that people demonstrate mastery of a subject by earning an objective signal or sign that they have achieved a certain level of competency. That’s why the CMA is such an excellent certification: It shows mastery of a very broad range of subjects."

Dr. Wanda A. Wallace, CMA, CPA, CIA

“Financial analysis and decision support are central to management accounting practice, and the CMA focuses on these areas.”

David Burritt, CMA, CPA
U.S. Steel

“At Microsoft, we look for a combination of solid accounting skills, the ability to think strategically, and strong business ethics. If someone is a CMA, we can be more comfortable that the person has mastered these aspects of the profession.”

Bob Laux, CMA, CPA
Microsoft Corporation

“I didn’t really follow a traditional accounting path: I majored in management and economics in college…As a manager, I’ve encouraged many members of my staff to pursue their certification. I decided that it was time to lead by example and earned one myself.”

Julie A. Lagacy, CMA
Caterpillar Inc.

"I see it as my goal to help students and to be a positive influence on their lives. I really feel like it’s my duty to tell the students about the advantages of the CMA and what it can mean to their careers."

Mark DeRemer,

Concordia University of Wisconsin

FAQs: Study and Exam Process

Where do I take the exam?

Exams are administered through the worldwide network of Prometric Testing Centers and are available in accordance with local customs. There are many locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

When can I take the exam?

Exams are offered according to the following schedule:

  1. January and February
  2. May and June
  3. September and October

To schedule exam appointments, visit

To ensure your first choice of date, time, and location, it is best to schedule your appointment at least four weeks in advance. All exam appointments must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance of the exam date. Once you are registered, you must take the exam part during your assigned testing session. If for any reason you are unable to schedule an exam appointment during the assigned testing window, you will need to pay another registration fee. Appointments cannot be rescheduled to another testing window.

Can I reschedule my exam appointment?

If you find that you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment at Prometric or wish to move your appointment to another date, you must do so 72 hours before your appointment. Please note if you reschedule your appointment within 30 days of your appointment date you will incur a $50 rescheduling fee.

To cancel or reschedule your appointment, please have your confirmation number ready and or call 800-479-6370 and select option one to be directed to the automated system. International candidates can visit the Prometric web site or call the Regional Registration Contact Center. Both options are available twenty-four hours, seven days a week. If you do not comply with the cancellation policy, you will be considered a "no-show," and you will need to reregister with the ICMA and repay the examination fee.

Can I get an extension and switch my exam testing window?

No, exam extensions aren't granted. You must take the exam in the test window that you registered for.

Can I schedule an exam by phone?

To schedule an exam by phone, find the phone number for your region at You will need:

  • Your Registration Acknowledgment Form, which provides your authorization number(s)
  • The first four letters of your last name, and a valid e-mail address.
When do I receive my exam Performance Report?

Performance Reports are sent via e-mail from Prometric to all candidates who take an exam part. The performance reports are e-mailed approximately 14 days after exam results are posted to the candidate’s profile. Candidates who do not pass the exam will receive a report that indicates their performance on each of the key topic areas in the multiple choice section as well as their overall performance on the essay section of the exam.

How much time do I have to pass both exam parts?

All CMA candidates have three years to pass both parts of the exam. The time period will begin with the date of your entry into the CMA program. If you don't pass the two-part exam within three years, credit for the part passed will expire, and you will have to retake the exam.

Can I retake the exam?

An exam part may be taken only once in a testing window and no more than three times in a 12-month period (e.g., Part 1 may only be taken once within the January/February testing window). All exam retakes require a new registration, along with payment of appropriate fees.

How do I send my education and work credentials?

Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university or a related professional certification. For further details, please refer to the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.

To validate your work credential, download the CMA Experience Requirement Verification Form.

The completed form can be returned via e-mail to or via post to:

ICMA - Work Experience
10 Paragon Drive, Suite 1
Montvale, NJ 07645-1759

How do I check my certification status?
  1. Log on to the IMA website using your IMA Member ID and password.
  2. Click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. From your profile, you will see your certification information on the right-hand side of the page.
How do I find the list of active CMAs?
A list of current CMAs can be found on this page.

Complete Instructions to Candidates

Read the complete instructions for candidates.