What better to way to help you prepare for your exam than by sharing all my notes with you. These are all the notes that I wrote to prepare for my exam and pass on my first try. I’m adding new ones each week so keep checking back for fresh notes.

You may wonder why I’m giving this valuable resource away for free. Well, my aim is to see you pass the exam! Plain and simple.

If you haven’t purchased a review system and you are not sure which one is the best for you, I recommend that you read my review of each system to help you pick the right one.

CMA Exam Part-One Notes

Budgeting & Planning Concepts
– Characteristics of Successful Budgeting
– The Budget Development Process
– Top 10 Best Practices of Budgeting
– Annual/Master Budget
– The Cash Budget
– The Direct Labor Budget
The Sales Budget
– The Production Budget


CMA Exam Part-Two Notes

Coming Soon!

36 Comments on “CMA Exam Study Notes”

  1. I can not download your 12 week study plan.

    Can you please let me know the price of your package.

    If i am planning to take part 2 in October. is it possible if I start to study from now.

    1. Hi Nouf,

      The free weekly study plan will be emailed to you one per week for the next 12 weeks. Are you planning on taking the exam at the end of October? If so, I think you have enough time. I recommend at least 12 weeks per part to be on the safe side.

      If you would like the entire study plan with much more information please visit the following page CMA Coach Study Guide.

      Best of luck on the exam! Let me know how I can help.

  2. I am user of Hock study materials & gleim Hock send their study plans every week to my mail box .What does ur complete package consists of besides study plan .I will be interested to purchase if ur plan simplifies more to suit my knowledge

    1. Hi Riyaz,

      In addition to my detailed cma study plan, it includes all the strategies and secrets that I used to pass the exam on my first try. I’m sharing everything so that candidates like yourself may also pass.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

  3. Dear Sir,
    I am living in Pakistan and recently passed D.Com (D.Com=intermediate).
    I want to appear in May-June exams for both parts combine.
    I want to pay CMA dues directly to my credit card and get coaching from my brother who is a ACCA finalist.
    Please inform me can it is possible? and how much I would pay to CMA body totally and when???

    1. Nadia,

      Preparing for both parts within 2 months seems a bit too ambitious. Remember that the passing rate is 35%. I highly recommend candidates to prepare for at least 3 months for each part.

      1. Hello Nadia
        I don’t think after passing just D.com you can handle this exam in two month. Its better if you register yourself in B.com first and start preparation. you can have two advantage if you register for B.com
        1- for IMA you will be consider as a student member and you can save at least $100 in exam fee. More-than $100 in annual membership.
        2- You will be closer for your minimum educational requirement and learn a lot of stuff with in common in B.com and IMA (IMA needs more in depth knowledge). Being and member of ICMAP, I found that after B.com this exam is really difficult.

  4. Hi Nathan,

    I want to know something…I am a Chartered Accountant passed from ICAI, India… But i am interested in making my career in Finance..Let me know the scope of CMA at present in the Industry and total cost to be borne… as i am residing in delhi…

  5. Dear , i m Teacher/Economist by profession and want to take the CMA part 1 exams in jan , i have studied hocks and gliem but need further comprehensive preparation , would you like to help me in this regard , i would be grateful to you for your kind favor
    Best wishes

  6. I am CA inter from Pakistan. I started CA after higher school. Currently i am working in Finance since last two years. I want to get registered for CMA. Kindly advise me whether can i register based on CA inter and what is the detail procedure.


  7. Dear Nathan,
    I am working in Saudi Arabia as cost accountant. I would like to take CMA from IMA.
    Please let me know how to register, get study material for preparing the exams.

  8. Hello Sir,
    i,m from Pakistan
    i want to start CMA.
    please guide me
    how can i start study?
    study material and online lecture ?

  9. Dear Concern,
    Can somebody inform me that am I eligible to take admission if I have passed exam. of intermediate

    thanks & best Regards,
    Ghazanfar Bashir

    1. Hi Khalid,

      You may check this article I wrote about eligibility requirements. Please follow this link.

      Thanks and Regards,

    1. Hi Rehan,

      I recommend you to enroll in my CMA coaching course.

      It is designed for accountants at all levels and provides a step-by-step 12-week study system that allows students to easily follow it without wasting any time figuring out what or how to study.

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out 🙂

  10. Hi Nathan,

    Can you please send to me plan study for part 1 i plan to take exam in Jan 2019.


    1. Hi Mohammad,

      You can order my study guide here. It includes the weekly step-by-step study plan for each part and also valuable study tips and strategies to help you pass the exam on your first attempt.

      Let me know if you need anything else 🙂

  11. Hi Nathan !! This is himanshi n m from India, m a banker by profession n did masters in economics. I want to do cma. What do u think if I can handle that course as m doin job and having economics background. Kindly guide …!!

    1. Hi Himanshi,

      If you can devote at least 15 hours per week to your CMA preparation, you can definitely complete the course and pass the exam.

      Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns, I’ll be happy to help!

  12. HI,

    I am from INDIA. I am enroll with miles for cma. I am planning to give exam in jan for both part. please let me know your opinion… should I go part part-I or both..

    how much time I have to spend for both part and let me provide free study material site for exam preparation.


    1. It’s best to focus on one part per window to increase your chances of passing the exam; I always recommend my students to take them in separate exam windows.

      If you self-study, it may take you around 12 weeks with 20 study hrs/week to prepare for one part of the exam.

      I currently offer our CMA Part-One Textbook on promotion, check it here:

      Let me know if you need anything else. 🙂

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