CSCA: Everything You Need to Know

  • Program Highlights

    • 3-hour exam that includes 60 multiple-choice questions and 1 case study
    • 40-75 hours of study suggested, depending on your level of expertise
    • Earn up to 51 CPE credits!**
    • March and September exam windows

    **21 NASBA CPE credits are earned through the IMA Strategy and Competitive Analysis® Learning Series and 30 CPE credits are earned by passing the CSCA exam.

  • Exam Overview

    The CSCA exam will cover and test three content areas:

    1. Strategic Analysis
    2. Creating Competitive Advantage
    3. Strategy Implementation and Performance Evaluation

  • Who Is It For?

    Certified Management Accountants who:

    • Hold positions ranging from staff accountant to CFO
    • Aspire to expand their strategic planning knowledge for current or future roles

There are a variety of resources to help you prepare for the exam. We recommend starting with the three resources below, as they provide a high-level understanding of the body of knowledge and study goals that the CSCA exam requires.

  • Content Specification Outline and Learning Outcome Statements

    We've outlined the content covered on the CSCA exam. These useful documents can point to the areas that will require additional study and help you craft a personalized study plan.

    Content Specification Outline

    Learning Outcome Statements

  • IMA Strategy and Competitive Analysis Learning Series®

    This series of five online courses and practice questions is a unique study resource, developed by IMA specifically for the CSCA credential. Each course features exercises, knowledge check questions, and a final assessment.

  • CSCA Candidate Handbook

    This handbook is the go-to resource for all prospective CSCA candidates. It provides you with information on the requirements for certification: registration procedures, scheduling exams, and the examination process itself.

    CSCA Candidate Handbook

CSCA Program Fees

Program Fee


Includes: entrance into the CSCA program, one exam registration, and two years of access to the IMA Strategy and Competitive Analysis Learning Series®.

A retake fee of $300 applies to candidates each time they register for a subsequent exam.

A program re-entry fee of $100 applies to candidates who do not complete the program within a two-year period.

If you are a CMA or CFM, please follow these steps for the CSCA program

1 Be an IMA Member* The CSCA program is available to current IMA members who have earned the CMA or CFM.
2 Enroll in the program When you enroll in the CSCA program, you will receive an exam registration authorization and access to the online courses in the IMA Strategy and Competitive Analysis Learning Series.
3 Create your study plan Leverage the various resources available to prepare for the exam. Decide on the combination of resources needed to craft your study plan.
4 Schedule the exam Visit Prometric’s website to select your exam date. Exams are offered in March and September.


What If Your CMA/CFM is Inactive?

If your CMA/CFM is inactive, you can still enter the CSCA program if you reactivate your membership. Completing the CSCA program will help satisfy the CPE requirements needed to bring your CMA to active status. When you enroll in the program, please be sure to add membership to your shopping cart along with your CSCA registration. Please contact our Customer Service team at (800) 638-4427 or if you have any further questions.

Questions About Taking the CSCA Exam?

*If your CMA or CFM has lapsed, please contact our Customer Service team at 800-638-4427 or email us at so we can advise you on how to reactivate your certification.