Current CMA® Candidates

"Cummins is a strong advocate for the CMA program, and there’s a lot of encouragement within the company to get certified. I hadn’t been with the company very long when I realized that taking the CMA would offer many advantages."

Kurt Riddle, CMA
Cummins Inc.

“At Microsoft, we look for a combination of solid accounting skills, the ability to think strategically, and strong business ethics. If someone is a CMA, we can be more comfortable that the person has mastered these aspects of the profession.”

Bob Laux, CMA, CPA
Microsoft Corporation

“Financial analysis and decision support are central to management accounting practice, and the CMA focuses on these areas.”

David Burritt, CMA, CPA
U.S. Steel

"I believe it’s very important that people demonstrate mastery of a subject by earning an objective signal or sign that they have achieved a certain level of competency. That’s why the CMA is such an excellent certification: It shows mastery of a very broad range of subjects."

Dr. Wanda A. Wallace, CMA, CPA, CIA

“I didn’t really follow a traditional accounting path: I majored in management and economics in college…As a manager, I’ve encouraged many members of my staff to pursue their certification. I decided that it was time to lead by example and earned one myself.”

Julie A. Lagacy, CMA
Caterpillar Inc.

"I see it as my goal to help students and to be a positive influence on their lives. I really feel like it’s my duty to tell the students about the advantages of the CMA and what it can mean to their careers."

Mark DeRemer,
CMA, CFM, CPA
Concordia University of Wisconsin

Preparing for the Exam

The CMA program lets you proceed at your own pace. A wide range of convenient study options can help you prepare – from self-study to online instruction to live classes. ICMA (Institute of Certified Management Accountants) offers helpful resources to assess your readiness and plan your studies.

Preparation Overview

The IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice communicates the values and ethical standards that guide each member's conduct in the workplace and throughout the examination process. The principles of the Statement are tested on the CMA exams, and candidates are responsible for knowing its contents.

Exam Support Package

New candidates joining the CMA program receive six months free access to the Exam Support package on the IMA Learning Center, beginning on the day they pay the entrance fee. The CMA Exam Support Package includes a glossary of terms, and downloadable and printable multiple-choice and essay practice questions, for Parts 1 and 2. 


Review Courses

One of the benefits of the CMA program is flexibility. You can study at your own pace and take the exams when you're ready. There are three ways to prepare for the CMA exam: in a live classroom, a virtual classroom, or on your own. You can select the method and materials that best match the way you like to study.

Click here for more information on approved CMA Review Course Providers. 

Note: ICMA is independent from all training vendors and does not sponsor or endorse any of these programs.