Become a CMA®

"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.

“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

“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

"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

“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,
CMA, CFM, CPA
Concordia University of Wisconsin

How do I enroll in CMA?

To enroll in the CMA program, you first need to join IMA.

1. Click here to select your country.

2. Click "Join Today" for your membership category.

3. Complete your application online and pay the membership fee. It will take about 10 minutes to join IMA.

4. After joining IMA, enroll in the CMA program. It will take about 10 minutes to complete the online application and pay the entrance fee.


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What is IMA?

IMA® is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. IMA offers its members exclusive access to the CMA program. We are committed to helping you – and our network of more than 65,000 members – to expand your professional skills, better manage your organization, and enhance your career.



What is IMA's relationship with CMA?

ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management Accountants) is the certification affiliate of IMA. ICMA is responsible for developing, administering, and grading the CMA exam; establishing the policies and procedures for the CMA program; and for ensuring the program’s overall integrity. The ICMA Board of Regents is responsible for setting the policies, and the ICMA staff is responsible for operations.  



What is required to earn CMA certification?


  • Membership in IMA.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Please reference the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.
  • Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management.
  • Passing Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam.


How do I register for an exam part?

The CMA exams are computer-based and administered at hundreds of testing facilities worldwide. With three testing windows each year, you can sit for an exam at a time and place convenient for you.

If you are enrolled in the CMA program and are ready to sit for the exam, here are the steps:

1. File an Exam Registration Form, selecting the exam(s) you wish to take, and pay the indicated fees.

2. Receive a Registration Acknowledgment Form, which provides your authorization number(s), testing window(s), and the instructions for candidates.

3. Schedule your exam appointment(s) with Prometric, our testing partner.

4. Once you’ve completed registration, an e-mail will automatically be sent to you reconfirming your selection of exam, location, and time.

5. Appear for your scheduled exam appointment(s) with the required identification documents.


To locate a Prometric Testing Center and schedule exam appointments, visit www.prometric.com/ICMA.


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