The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential is the only advanced professional certification that demonstrates mastery of critical accounting and financial management skills in a dynamic and demanding business environment. These skills include financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.

The CMA is unique among professional credentials as it was specifically designed for accounting and financial management professionals in business. CMAs have what it takes to be strategic business partners and effective financial managers—and drive business performance.

To enhance your value within your company and to expand your career and earning potential, the CMA credential is the key.

The CMA is:

Focused—On the critical skills you use in business.

Respected—Leading employers seek to hire and promote CMAs. Companies such as 3M, Alcoa, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Cargill, Caterpillar, ConAgra, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, KeyCorp, Whirlpool, Saudi Aramco, Verizon and Xerox have CMAs in key management and executive roles.

Valued—CMAs earn higher compensation than non-certified professionals, $30,000/year more.

Convenient—CMA exams are offered in hundreds of locations worldwide.

Worldwide—The CMA credential is recognized globally.

For an in-depth explanation of what is expected of you to know to pass the exam on your first try, get a copy of the CMA Coach Study Guide.

8 Comments on “What’s a CMA?”

  1. Hi Nathan,
    I hold a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Mumbai University, India. However, I completed this course way back in 1999. And from then until now i have been working in administrative positions. I understand, in order to attempt the CMA exams I need to be an IMA member. Will they give me a membership considering that i am not currently studying at a University.

    Your advise will be appreciated.

    Kind regards,


    1. Hi Sandra,

      The IMA can provide you with a membership even if you are not enrolled in a university. The cost will be a little higher though as it will be the professional membership. Click here for more information.

  2. Hi nathan ,
    could i ask you about that there are many places in my area (Cairo,Egypt) make many offers to us to teach CMA to us as a course that take 3-6 months and we have to pay for
    (1-the course 2-the IMA mempership 3-the test fee ). So, what exactly that i have to pay and what that i can voide .

    1. Abdallah,

      The IMA membership fee, exam entrance fee, and the exam fee are mandatory. You can get more information about the exact fees on the Become a CMA page.

      It is highly advised to purchase a review course and either take a live class or study on your own. Whichever fits your needs.

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