IMA announces partnership with Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Announcement will see AAT being added to the list of  “CMA approved certifications for education requirements”


UAE, June 22, 2020 – IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) announced today its partnership with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) – one of the world’s leading professional bodies for accounting technicians providing AAT Accounting Qualifications – to support the international advancement of the management accounting profession by including AAT on the list of “CMA approved certifications for education requirements.”

The partnership will acknowledge AAT members with advanced accounting diplomas as qualified CMA candidates by waving the bachelor’s degree requirement to pursue the CMA certification. The bachelor’s degree waiver will allow students who have completed and passed the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting to access IMA’s CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification (globally). 

“AAT is a reputed global institute which shares our dedication to the profession and we are confident this partnership will drive value to both AAT and IMA and finance professionals around the region,” said Hanadi Khalife, Senior Director MEA & India operations at IMA. “Continuous upskilling and reskilling have become more essential than ever in this everchanging global ecosystem where digital transformation is changing every single function and the roles which manage it every day. Our team has been leading a number of initiatives both regionally and internationally to ensure that we empower finance and accounting professionals to evolve their careers and maintain their relevance by developing the skills needed to remain at the forefront of their sector.” 

Rob Alder, Head of Business Development, AAT added, “AAT qualifications provide practical training in all aspects of accounting and are the perfect foundation for further training. Many students have successfully used AAT accounting qualifications as a springboard to chartered accountancy training. We have developed many non-graduate progression routes from AAT over the years, and AAT is the only professional qualification that provides a quicker route to chartered status. It is great to have the recognition from IMA to provide another pathway for our students. We look forward to working with IMA” 

AAT has around 130,000 members in more than 100 countries who are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world; they include students, people already working in accountancy, and self-employed business owners.


About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)

IMA®, named the 2017 and 2018 Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) and CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) programs, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 125,000 members in 150 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/India. For more information about IMA, please visit


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