CMA® Resource Center

"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

CMA Fast Facts

Did you know..

  • In fiscal year 2013, 2,800 new CMA certifications were awarded, the most in CMA history.

  • The CMA® is one of the fastest growing accounting credentials in the world, with a five-year annualized growth rate of 20%.

  • There are currently more than 18,000 CMA candidates in the pipeline.

  • CMAs have greater earning power, earning an average of $34,000 more in total annual compensation, compared to those without certification.

Message from the CEO


The CMA® credential attests your mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support through a rigorous exam process. Each and every CMA certification (more than 40,000 to date) has been earned by passing a two-part exam.

Raising awareness about the value of the CMA is a high priority for IMA, but it doesn’t stop there. As a CMA, you have a role in promoting your hard-earned credential. Use these helpful resources to help create awareness of the CMA in your workplace, IMA Chapter, or school. 

CMA Resources

“Set the standard. How far will you go?” (e-brochure)  Go

CMA Powerpoint Go

“Why hire a CMA?” flyer for employer Go

2012 U.S. Salary Survey (Strategic Finance, June 2013) Go

IMA Endorsement of Higher Education Programs Go

IMA 2013 Annual Report Go

Infographic: Top 20 Brands with CMAs Go

Infographic: Percentage of Management Accountants in the U.S. Go

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CMA Member Forum on LinkUp IMA Go