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CMA Certification

Today is the first day of the rest of your career. Make it count.

For nearly 50 years, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification has been the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals. Why? Because CMAs can explain the “why” behind numbers, not just the “what.” And that can give you greater credibility, higher earning potential, and ultimately a seat at the leadership table.

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Download 20 real exam questions and see how prepared you are. You’ll also get news and updates related to the CMA program.

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Count on the CMA

12

Core practice
areas mastered

55%

Salary advantage
for CMAs globally*

50

CMA has been around
for almost 50 years

70%

Salary advantage
for CMAs ages 20-29*

*IMA’s 2019 Global Salary Survey

Work towards these dates

May | June
Last exam date: June 30
Last day to register for an exam: June 15
September | October
Last exam date: October 31
Last day to register for an exam: October 15
February 2021
Last exam date: February 29
Last day to register for an exam: February 15

CMA: Everything you need to know

The CMA exam: 2 parts covering 12 competencies

Part One

Financial planning, performance,
and analytics.

  • 15%

    External financial reporting decisions

  • 20%

    Planning, budgeting, and forecasting

  • 20%

    Performance management

  • 15%

    Cost management

  • 15%

    Internal controls

  • 15%

    Technology and analytics

Part Two

Strategic financial management

  • 20%

    Financial statement analysis

  • 20%

    Corporate finance

  • 25%

    Decision analysis

  • 10%

    Risk management

  • 10%

    Investment decisions

  • 15%

    Professional ethics

Worth your time

CMA Certification
  • 12-18 months to complete both parts, on average
  • Up to 3 years allowed to complete both parts
  • 150-170 recommended hours of study per part

A league of our own

CMA Certification
  • 50% pass rate globally
  • 4,000 CMAs granted each year on average
  • 70,000 CMAs awarded to date, each and every one earned through testing

Have what it takes?

CMA Certification
  • Bachelor’s degree or professional accounting certification required
  • 2 years of work experience required
  • Successful completion of parts 1 and 2 of the exam

Questions about
taking the CMA exam?