ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management Accountants) recently announced the second-ever group of award winners for its CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) specialty credential.

First offered in October 2017, the CSCA credential builds on planning, analysis, risk management, decision support, and performance management skills by strengthening an individual’s knowledge base in the specific discipline of strategic planning. Holders of the CSCA are equipped to drive strategic planning, enable innovation, build resilient financial plans, and manage risk to help their organizations sustain a competitive advantage.

Of the individuals who took the CSCA exam during the March 2018 testing window, the following were recognized for their outstanding performance:

  • Michael J. Coppola, of Belle Mead, N.J., received the CSCA Gold Award for achieving the highest exam score.
  • Theodore C. Cooke, of Phoenix, Ariz., received the CSCA Silver Award for achieving the second-highest exam score.
  • Rene Sonke Wolf, of Hamburg, Germany, received the CSCA Bronze Award for achieving the third-highest exam score.

“The CSCA credential is just one of the ways that IMA seeks to meet the continuous learning and career growth needs of our certified members,” said Paul Juras, CMA, CPA, Ph.D., chair, ICMA Board of Regents. “We extend our congratulations to these award winners – our second-ever cohort of test takers – and we commend all certified members who are interested in strategy to consider pursuing this for their own careers.”

The next testing window for the CSCA exam is in September 2018, and the deadline for registration is August 31, 2018. IMA is offering a special discount for this testing window: Those who register on or before July 31, 2018, can save more than $200 off regular registration fees. Registration includes entrance into the CSCA program, one exam sitting, and two years of access to the IMA Strategy and Competitive Analysis Learning Series®, a unique study resource developed by IMA specifically for the CSCA credential.

Note: To be eligible to take the CSCA exam, you must be an active CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) or CFM® (Certified Financial Manager). To earn the CSCA credential, you need to pass the CSCA exam and maintain active status as a CMA or CFM.

For an in-depth description of the topics covered on the exam, please visit the complete CSCA Content Specification Outline. For more information on the CSCA program, including registration information, please visit imanet.org/csca.