FAQs

Why CMA?

The CMA is the globally recognized, advanced-level credential appropriate for accountants and financial professionals in business. Achieving the CMA demonstrates your professional expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics – skills that are in demand by organizations around the world.

Whether you want to enhance the value you bring to your current position, or expand your career potential, the CMA will help you set the standard for professional excellence.


Where do I find general information about the CMA program and its requirements?
The CMA handbook is a good overview for the CMA program and contains many information such as about the work experience and the education requirements, the structure of the exam or how to schedule, reschedule or cancel your exam appointment. You can download the CMA handbook here.

What are the steps needed in order to take a CMA exam?

1. Join IMA: Please go to "Become a Member"
2. Enter the CMA program by paying the CMA entrance fee. Please note that the CMA entrance fee is valid for three years. Thus, you have three years to pass both the part 1 and part 2 exam.
3. Decide in which testing window you would like to take your exam and pay the examination fee for the corresponding testing window.
4. You will be provided with an authorization number which allows you to schedule an appointment with Prometric.

Where can I take the exam?
Exams are administered through the worldwide network of Prometric Testing Centers and are available in accordance with local customs. You can take the exams wherever convenient for you. To locate a Testing Center and schedule exam appointments, please visit:
www.prometric.com/ICMA 


When do the CMA exams take place?

The CMA exams for parts 1 and 2 will be given during the following three testing window periods: January and February / May and June / September and October.


What is the format of the CMA exams?

Each exam part lasts four hours with 100 multiple-choice questions and two 30-minute essay questions. Three hours will be given to complete the multiple-choice section and one hour to complete the essays. The essays will be presented after the completion of the multiple-choice section. Candidates must answer at least 50% of the multiple-choice questions correctly to be eligible to take the essay section. The exam results (pass/fail status) will be mailed approximately six weeks after the close of the testing window.


What is the recommended preparation time for the exams?

Part 1: 100-150h

Part 2: 100-150h


When do I receive the exam results?

Approximately six weeks from the end of the month in which you’ve taken your test, ICMA will e-mail your exam results to you. At the time grades are released, results are also available online in your Account Profile transcript.


How do I satisfy the education and work requirements?
To become a certified CMA, candidates must satisfy one of the following education requirements and submit verification of education to ICMA.

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university

  • A partial listing of accredited International and US institutions is available at: http://univ.cc/world.php

  • Degrees that are not accredited must be evaluated by an independent agency. A listing of these agencies can be found at www.aice-eval.org or http://www.naces.org/members.htm

  • If you cannot locate your college or university on the accredited listing, please contact us at ima@imanet.org

  • Verification:  All transcripts should be mailed directly from your college or university to the address below. If you cannot submit your transcripts, please mail us a notarized copy.

Professional Certifications
  • A listing of approved certifications can be found here: http://www.imanet.org/docs/default-source/cma-lib/approved-certifications.pdf?sfvrsn=6

  • Verification: An official letter from approved certifying organization confirming you are a qualified member should be mailed directly from the certifying organization to the address below.

All education verification needs to be submitted in English. Please include your IMA member number.Transcripts and/or letters should be mailed to: ICMA, 10 Paragon Drive, Suite 1, Montvale, NJ 07645

Work Experience:

The Experience Verification Form is located at this link.

Complete the form then e-mail it to ccurtin@imanet.org
Include your member number as a reference when mailing the transcript and e-mailing the Experience Verification. 

How do I renew my membership online?

To renew your membership please go to: www.imanet.org:

  1. Log in using the link located at the top right corner of the page.
  2. After logging in, click on My Profile in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  3. After entering your profile, you will see My Order Balance located at the right hand side of the page.
  4. Click the Pay Now button.
  5. Complete the requested information.
  6. An acknowledgement will be automatically emailed to you when the transaction is completed.


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