Employer Center

"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

The Value of the CMA

The CMA® credential is a symbol of professionalism, excellence, and integrity. Top employers such as 3M, Alcoa, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Cargill, Caterpillar, ConAgra, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Saudi Aramco, Verizon, and Xerox employ and promote CMAs. CMAs have demonstrated a mastery of the critical accounting and financial management skills needed in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

Exam Structure

The CMA exam is organized into two parts, which can be taken in any order. Each exam part is four hours in length and includes 100 multiple-choice questions and two 30-minute essay questions. 


The CMA Curriculum: Highly Targeted Topics

CMA holders demonstrate exceptional commitment – their course of study can take up to 300 hours, the exams are rigorous and relevant, and successful CMAs maintain their credential through annual continuing education requirements.

Part One: Financial Planning, Performance, and Control

  • Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Performance management
  • Cost management
  • Internal controls
  • Professional ethics

Part Two: Financial Decision Making

  • Financial statement analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Decision analysis and risk management
  • Investment decisions
  • Professional ethics


Continuing Education Requirements

The CMA demonstrates a commitment to keeping abreast of the evolving standards and best practices in management accounting. After passing Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam, fulfilling the education and experience requirement, and receiving certification, all CMAs must complete 30 hours of continuing education annually, including a minimum of two hours in the area of ethics.