What is CMA?

The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) professional credential, offered by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), is the certification to get if you're in the management accounting profession. To know more about CMA read this blog.

Updated by Selva Kumar on 20th January 2020

CMA (Certified Management Accountant) is a combination of both financial accounting and strategic management, so if you think you are good at making financial decisions based on business strategic management, then this is just the place for you
In this article, we will explore CMA, and become one and more.


What is CMA?

CMA is a designation certified by the Institute of Management Accountant(IMA) for the people who possess the required skills and knowledge and expertise in the area of analysis control, financial planning & management helping the company to make better decisions from the available financial data.

And as per IMA, CMA is a “globally recognized, advanced-level credential appropriate for accountants and financial professionals in the business. Achieving the CMA demonstrates your professional expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.”


Why you should become a CMA?

  • It is a globally-recognized designation that provides you a wide opportunity to get into the business world. For example, if you want to be involved in any business activities, or run your own business, then CMA is the way.

  • Most people think that accounting is a boring career, yes. but CMA is not, it gives you a clear difference between CMA and accountants. As a CMA you can empower many accountants to advance up to better things and it advances you too.

  • CMAs duties and responsibilities revolve around financial-economic activities. According to the 2019 IMA Global Salary Survey, the average CMA certified people earn 31% higher than the other accountants. Hence this designation provides you more earning ability.

  • CMAs are not like any other accountants. CMAs know how finance functions better than anyone. In that way, you get the respect, responsibility, and credibility.


Also Read: CMA vs CPA


How to become a CMA?

Fulfill the basic Educational Requirements needed

You will need a Bachelor’s degree in any major (but the most preferred degrees include Accounting, finance, economics, and general business). from an accredited educational institution.

Pay the IMA Membership Fee

You should activate your IMA membership, you can choose your suitable type of membership in order to be eligible for CMA certification
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Get a CMA Review Course

Enrolling in a review courses help the majority of candidates not only to pass the CMA exam but also helps in deeper learning of the concepts.
To know more: top CMA Review courses.

Register for the CMA exam

You can register for this exam online or even by mail and fax. In the registration process, you will need to provide information such as which part of the exam you want to appear for out of two parts/ testing windows. You can also choose both parts.
The exam fee for each part is $311 for students and $415 for professionals.

Pass the Exam

This CMA is basically a computer-based exam, there are 2 parts in it.
Part 1:Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance, and Analytics
Part 2:Financial Decision Making

The first part includes 100 multiple-choice questions where you will have 3 hours to finish,
The second part includes two essay questions, where you will have one hour to complete.

You will have to score at least 50% in the first part to qualify for the second level. In the end, your scores for both parts are added and the total scores are taken into consideration.

Meet your Work Experience Requirement

Once you have taken the CMA exam and passed it, you will need to focus on your work experience requirements before you are certified. Mostly the candidates will need to have at least two years of continuously in management accounting or some financial profession. This work experience must be completed within seven years after completing the exam.

Apply for CMA Certificate

Once you have passed the exam and fulfilled all the eligibility criteria, you need to apply for the CMA Certificate through your personal IMA Account. And in order to, maintain in you need to pay your CMA due annually called CMA maintenance fee, not for the certificate but to ensure your IMA Membership is active.

Roles And Functions of a CMA

According to Morgan, these are roles being performed by the real world CMAs:

Financial Reporting and Planning

  • External Financial Reporting Decisions

  • Planning, budgeting, and forecasting

  • Cost Management

  • Performance Management

  • Internal Controls

Financial Decision Making

  • Financial Statement Analysis

  • Corporate Finance

  • Decision Analysis

  • Risk Management

  • Investment Decisions

  • Professional Ethics.