Frequently Asked Questions About CMA
Q1. What is IMA?
IMA is the worldwide association for accountants and financial professionals working in the business. IMA is committed to helping you—and all 60,000 members—to expand your professional skills, better manage your organization, and enhance your career. For more information, please visit www.imanet.org.
Q2. What is required to earn CMA certification?
• Membership in IMA.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
• Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management.
• Completion of Part 1 and Part 2 of the CMA exam.
Q3.How do I enroll in CMA?
To enroll in the CMA, you’ll need to join IMA.
1. Visit www.imanet.org
2. Click "Join Today" for your membership category.
3. Complete your application online and pay the membership fee.
4. After joining IMA, enroll in the CMA program.
Q4.How do I register for an exam part?
The CMA exams are computer-based and administered in hundreds of testing facilities worldwide. With three testing windows each year, you can sit for an exam at a time and place convenient for you.
Q5.Where do I take the exam?
Exams are administered through the worldwide network of Prometric Testing Centers and are available in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. There are many locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.
• To locate a Testing Center and schedule exam appointments, visit www.prometric.com/ICMA.
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Q6.When can I take the exam?
Exams are offered according to the following schedule: 1. January and February 2. May and June 3. September and October. To schedule exam appointments, visit www.prometric.com/ICMA. To ensure your first choice of date, time, and location, it is best to schedule your appointment at least four weeks in advance. All exam appointments must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance of the exam date. Once you are registered, you must take the exam part during your assigned testing session. If for any reason you are unable to schedule an exam appointment during the assigned testing window, you will need to pay another registration fee. Appointments cannot be rescheduled to another testing window.
Q7. Can I reschedule my exam appointment?
If you find that you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment at Prometric or wish to move your appointment to another date, you must do so 72 hours before your appointment. Please note if you reschedule your appointment within 30 days of your appointment date you will incur a $50 rescheduling fee. To cancel or reschedule your appointment, please have your confirmation number ready and visit www.prometric.com/ICMA or call 800-479-6370 and select option one to be directed to the automated system. International candidates can visit the Prometric web site or call the Regional Registration Contact Center. Both options are available twenty-four hours, seven days a week. If you do not comply with the cancellation policy, you will be considered a "no-show" and you will need to register with the ICMA and REPAY the examination fee.
Q8.Can I get an extension and switch my exam-testing window?
No, exam extensions are not granted. You must take the exam in the test window that you registered for.
Q9.When do I receive my exam performance report?
Performance Reports for Parts 1 and 2 are sent via postal mail only to candidates who fail an exam part. Performance reports are mailed approximately 14 days after exam results are posted to the candidate's transcript. Performance reports are not provided for the Transition Exam.
Q10.How much time do I have to pass both exam parts?
All CMA candidates have three years to complete Part 1 and Part 2 of the exam. The time period will begin with the date of your entry into the CMA program. If you do not complete the two-part exam within three years, credit for the part passed will expire and you will have to retake the exam.
Q11.Can I retake the exam?
An exam part may be taken only once in a testing window and no more than three times in a 12-month period (e.g., Part 1 may only be taken once within the January/February testing window). All exam retakes require a new registration along with payment of appropriate fees.
Q12.How do I send my education and work credentials?
To validate your work credential, download the CMA Experience Requirement Verification Form. The completed form can be returned via email to email@example.com or via post to: ICMA - Work Experience.
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To complete the educational requirement, you must submit a transcript verifying your bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Obtain a Bachelor's Degree, in any area, from an accredited college or University. Degrees not from accredited institutions must be evaluated by an independent agency listed at www.aice-eval.org or www.naces.org/members. All transcripts must be submitted in English and show the official seal of the college or university. Your college or university should forward an official copy of your transcripts to IMA at the below address. If this is not possible, you may mail us a notarized copy directly.
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Q13. What are the study materials provided by EMERGE?
EMERGE provides legitimate books from publications. It also provides software to practice questions, in addition to this, PowerPoint presentations, supplementary notes, etc, will be provided.