Useful CMA resources

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candidate handbook

It’s the go-to resource for all prospective CMA candidates. It provides you with information on the requirements for certification, registration and scheduling procedures, a list of financial ratios tested on the exam, and an explanation of the examination process

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specifications outline

We’ve outlined the practice areas candidates need to master to pass the CMA Exam.

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content specifications

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outcome statements

Consider this your syllabus. It will provide you with a line-by-line description of each section’s specifics so you can easily keep track of what you still need to master.

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learning outcome

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How can I prepare for the CMA exam?

You can sit for the CMA program with any one of our CMA approved training partners. Our training partners will offer you the best mode of study that suits your lifestyle.
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Want success on the CMA exam?

View this webinar and get insight into the CMA Exam, with tips and strategies from a CMA expert.
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Things you should know before you take the exam

  • Take Part 1 and Part 2 in any order.
  • For exam details and policies, please see The CMA Handbook.
  • Testing windows are offered in January/February, May/June, and September/October.
  • If you are taking the exam in person, these videos can help you understand what to expect on exam day. You can also see a demo of the test-taking experience.
  • Each exam registration is valid for only one exam window.
  • Secure facilities with computerized exams and biometric scanners (fingers) protect the validity of the exam.
  • Students may take the exam before graduating.

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CMA exam scores

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Exam results

Approximately six weeks from the end of the month in which you’ve taken your test, we will email your exam results to you and post in your personal MyIMA transcript.

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Performance report

Performance Reports are sent via email by Prometric on behalf of ICMA. They are emailed approximately 14 days after exam results become available. Candidates who do not pass will receive a report that indicates their performance on each of the key topic areas on the exam.

The final step to becoming certified

Once you’ve passed your exams, there are just a few simple steps necessary to obtain your CMA certification


Download the CMA Experience Requirement Verification Form.
This must be completed and returned to IMA.


If you haven’t already done so, you must provide proof of your educational qualification. See page 5 in our CMA Handbook.


Upon verification of your education and experience documents, you will receive your CMA certificate number. Once this is issued, you may begin using the CMA designation and promote it.