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How to become a CMA

The path to the CMA is manageable. Watch this video to see what you can expect on your journey to certification.

To earn the CMA, you'll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an active IMA membership
  • Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA Exam.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university or a related professional certification. (For details, please refer to the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.)
  • Abide by IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.
  • Have two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. (Please refer to the Experience Qualification section of the CMA Handbook.)

Hear from successful CMAs

CMA program fees

Important notice: CMA program fees will increase on March 1, 2022.

CMA candidates may register now for all 2022 CMA exam windows at current rates before the price increase goes into effect.

CMA Certification
Professionals
Current CMA entrance fee (nonrefundable)
$250*
CMA entrance fee starting March 1,2022 (nonrefundable)
$280*
Current Exam fee
$415 per part
Exam fee starting March 1,2022
$460 per part
CMA Certification
Students/ Academics
Current CMA entrance fee (nonrefundable)
$188*
CMA entrance fee starting March 1,2022(nonrefundable)
$210*
Current Exam fee
$311 per part
Exam fee starting March 1,2022
$335 per part
*IMA membership is additional and also required.

Register for
the CMA with any
of our approved
training providers

Work towards these dates:

January/February 2022

First exam date: January 1
Last exam date: February 28
Last day to register for an exam: February 15

> Register for Part 1

> Register for Part 2

May/June 2022

First exam date: May 1
Last exam date: June 30
Last day to register for an exam: June 15

> Register for Part 1

> Register for Part 2

September/October 2022

First exam date: September 1
Last exam date: October 31
Last day to register for an exam: October 15

> Register for Part 1

> Register for Part 2

Questions about
taking the CMA exam?