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 to Get Started


The CMA program lets you proceed at your own pace. You can earn a CMA in just 12 months or over the course of three years. Busy professionals will find the CMA program to be a time-efficient and cost-effective investment.

To earn the CMA, you need to meet the following requirements: 

  • Maintain membership in IMA. If you aren't already a member, join IMA now.

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or an equivalent degree as determined by an independent evaluation agency). Prospective candidates who do not have a bachelor’s degree can petition the Board of Regents for an exception to the education requirements. Limited exceptions may be granted to those with substantial and relevant professional achievements. Please refer to the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.* 
  • Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. Please refer to the Experience Qualification section of the CMA Handbook.

  • Entrance into the CMA program.

  • Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam.

  • Abide by The IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

  • * IMA has arrangements with ICAI (Institute of Cost Accountants of India) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) that may affect the above requirements for professionals seeking the CMA. Click here for more information.