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CMA. Certified Management Accountant. The CMA: Measuring What Matters. Achieving the CMA credential demonstrates your mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics. The CMA: Measuring What Matters.

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CMA

Certified Management Accountant

the cma measuring what matters
The CMA: MeasuringWhat Matters
  • Achieving the CMA credential demonstrates your mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.
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The CMA: MeasuringWhat Matters
  • Achieving the CMA credential demonstrates your mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.
  • These skills are critical to the success of finance teams working within organizations—this focus distinguishes the CMA from other certifications and degrees.
cma exam content 1972 1990
CMA Exam Content 1972-1990
  • Economics and Business Finance
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CMA Exam Content 1972-1990
  • Economics and Business Finance
  • Organization & Behavior, including Ethical Considerations
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CMA Exam Content 1972-1990
  • Economics and Business Finance
  • Organization & Behavior, including Ethical Considerations
  • Public Reporting Standards, Auditing and Taxes
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CMA Exam Content 1972-1990
  • Economics and Business Finance
  • Organization & Behavior, including Ethical Considerations
  • Public Reporting Standards, Auditing and Taxes
  • Internal Reporting and Analysis
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CMA Exam Content 1972-1990
  • Economics and Business Finance
  • Organization & Behavior, including Ethical Considerations
  • Public Reporting Standards, Auditing and Taxes
  • Internal Reporting and Analysis
  • Decision Analysis, including Modeling & Information Systems 
cma exam content 1972 19905
CMA Exam Content 1972-1990
  • Economics and Business Finance
  • Organization & Behavior, including Ethical Considerations
  • Public Reporting Standards, Auditing and Taxes
  • Internal Reporting and Analysis
  • Decision Analysis, including Modeling & Information Systems 

Each part 3.5 hours, 25% MC, 75% Essay & Problems

cma exam content 1991 1997
CMA Exam Content 1991-1997
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Reporting, Analysis and Behavioral Issues.
  • Decision Analysis & Information Systems 

Each part 4 hours, 25% MC, 75% Essay & Problems

16 hours total

computerized cma exam content 2007 2010
ComputerizedCMA Exam Content 2007-2010
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Reporting, Analysis and Behavioral Issues.
  • Decision Analysis & Information Systems 

Each part 3 hours, 100% MC – 12 hours total

computerized cma exam content 2004 2010
ComputerizedCMA Exam Content 2004-2010
  • Business Analysis – 100% MC
  • Management Accounting and Reporting – 100% MC
  • Strategic Management – 100% MC
  • Business Applications – 100% Essay and Problems

Parts 1, 3, 4 – 3 hours each, Part 2 – 4 hours

13 hours total

Tw0 versions offered from 2004- 2007

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New CMA Exam 2010Part 1
  • Financial Planning, Performance and Control
    • 30% Planning, budgeting and forecasting,
    • 25% Performance management,
    • 25% Cost management,
    • 15% Internal controls, and
    • 5% Professional ethics.

4 hours, 100 MC questions and two 30 minute essays

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New CMA Exam 2010Part II
  • Financial Decision Making
    • 25% Financial Statement Analysis,
    • 25% Corporate Finance,
    • 25% Decision Analysis and Risk Management,
    • 20% Investment Decisions, and
    • 5% Professional ethics.

4 hours, 100 MC questions and two 30 minute essays

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Top-level planning and analysis

(Pro forma income, financial statement projections, and cash flow projections)

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Top-level planning and analysis

(Pro forma income, financial statement projections, and cash flow projections)

Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Top-level planning and analysis

(Pro forma income, financial statement projections, and cash flow projections)

Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission

Internal Control Framework

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Top-level planning and analysis

(Pro forma income, financial statement projections, and cash flow projections)

Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission

Internal Control Framework

International Financial Reporting Standards

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Top-level planning and analysis

(Pro forma income, financial statement projections, and cash flow projections)

Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission

Internal Control Framework

International Financial Reporting Standards

Corporate Restructuring

(mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and bankruptcy)

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Risk assessment

(operational, hazard, and financial)

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Risk assessment

(operational, hazard, and financial)

Risk mitigation strategies and enterprise risk management

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Risk assessment

(operational, hazard, and financial)

Risk mitigation strategies and enterprise risk management

Valuation, and

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Added or Emphasized

Risk assessment

(operational, hazard, and financial)

Risk mitigation strategies and enterprise risk management

Valuation, and

The IMA Statement on Management Accounting

“Values and Ethics: From Inception to Practice.”

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New CMA Exam 2010Topics Not Specifically Tested

Linear Programming

Network Analysis

Decision Tree Analysis

Queuing Theory

Markov Process

Development of Accounting Standards

Financial Statement Assurance

Information Systems

Total Quality Management

Strategic Marketing

Organization Management

Organization Communication

Behavioral Issues, and

Various Topics in

Business Economics, Strategic and Tactical Planning, and External Financial Reporting

new cma exam 2010
New CMA Exam 2010

Maintains relevance and rigor of the CMA program by focusing on the critical skills of financial planning, control, and decision support,

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New CMA Exam 2010

Maintains relevance and rigor of the CMA program by focusing on the critical skills of financial planning, control, and decision support,

Requires a mastery of these critical skills that is important to the success of finance skills,

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New CMA Exam 2010

Maintains relevance and rigor of the CMA program by focusing on the critical skills of financial planning, control, and decision support,

Requires a mastery of these critical skills that is important to the success of finance skills,

Allows employers to more readily understand the applicability of the CMA program to a corporate career path,

new cma exam 20103
New CMA Exam 2010

Maintains relevance and rigor of the CMA program by focusing on the critical skills of financial planning, control, and decision support,

Requires a mastery of these critical skills that is important to the success of finance skills,

Allows employers to more readily understand the applicability of the CMA program to a corporate career path, and

Allows candidates to more efficiently demonstrate the skills and knowledge evidenced by the CMA credential.

exam dates and locations
Exam Dates and Locations
  • Exams are conducted by Prometric, a worldwide network of testing centers, and are available in accordance with local customs. There are many locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. To locate a Testing Center and to schedule exam appointments, visit www.prometric.com/ICMA
  • The exams are offered in the following windows:
    • January and February
    • May and June
    • September and October
cma program requirement
CMA Program Requirement
  • To earn the CMA designation, candidates must pass both exam parts and fulfill the following education and experience requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management.
value of certification
Value of Certification*
  • Professionals holding certification earn 31% more in salary.
  • Immediate returns, 19-29 age bracket earn nearly $20,000 more than non-certified peers
  • Continuing returns, 60 and over age bracket earn over $28,000 more.
  • Lifetime advantage, between $900,000 and $1,260,000

* IMA Salary Survey – 2013

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