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  • How to Get Started The CMA program lets you proceed at your own pace. You can earn a CMA in just six months or over a three year span. Busy professionals will find the ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM by IMA Qatar Chapter
  • Exam Procedure and Registration 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 part at a time ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM by IMA Qatar Chapter
  • Examination Fee Professional Member FeesCertification Entrance Fee (nonrefundable)$225*Exam Fee$350 per partExam Fee if a candidate registers for both parts at the same time for the same testing ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM by IMA Qatar Chapter
  • Maintaining and Promoting your Credential Maintain Your CMA Credential By Following Three Easy Steps:1 Continue your membership in IMA2 Pay the CMA maintenance fee*3 Fulfill your annual CPE requirement*The CMA Maintenance ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM by IMA Qatar Chapter
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Once you are certified, you must complete 30 hours of continuing education annually, including a minimum of two hours in the area of ethics. Since CPE hours reported are verified ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM by IMA Qatar Chapter
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How to Get Started

posted Jun 24, 2012, 11:58 PM by IMA Qatar Chapter   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM ]

The CMA program lets you proceed at your own pace. You can earn a CMA in just six months or over a three year span. Busy professionals will find the CMA program to be time-efficient and cost-effective.

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CMA Handbook


Requirements Include:

  1. Membership in IMA®. If you are not already a member, Join IMA now.
  2. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent degree as determined by an independent evaluation agency. Please reference the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.
  3. Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. Please reference the Experience Qualification section of the CMA Handbook.
  4. Entrance into the CMA program.
  5. Completion of Part 1 and Part 2 of the CMA Exam

Exam Procedure and Registration

posted Jun 24, 2012, 11:57 PM by IMA Qatar Chapter   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM ]

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 part at a time and place convenient for you.

 
Exam Procedures

Follow These Easy Steps To Begin Your CMA Certification

  1. Join IMA
  2. Pay the CMA Certification Entrance Fee
  3. File an Exam Registration Form selecting the exam(s) you wish to take and pay the indicated fees.
  4. Receive a Registration acknowledgment form which provides your authorization number(s), testing window(s), the Instructions for Candidates, and access to the CMA Exam Support Package.
  5. Schedule your exam appointment(s) with Prometric.
  6. Appear for your scheduled exam appointment(s) with the required identification documents.
    We urge you to schedule your appointment as soon as possible to avoid a lapse in your authorization number. Your authorization number is only valid for the testing window you select; there are no extensions and no refunds/credits for exam registrations.

Exam Locations

Exams are administered through the worldwide network of Prometric 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 schedule exam appointments, visit www.prometric.com/ICMA.

Exam Sessions

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.

 
Tips On Scheduling Your Exam Appointments

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 window. If for any reason you are unable to schedule an exam appointment during the assigned testing window, you will need to pay for a new registration. If you are unable to keep a scheduled exam appointment at Prometric, you must cancel 72 hours prior to your appointment date. To cancel an exam appointment, call Prometric at (800) 479-6370, Monday through Saturday, or go to www.prometric.com/ICMA. If you do not comply with this cancellation policy, you will be considered a "no-show" and will need to re-register with ICMA and pay the registration fee.

 
Registration Fee Refund Policy

After 30 days from the date of registration, examination fees are not refundable. Within 30 days of the registration date, an examination fee may be refunded if no test appointment has been set. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. We do not offer extensions of exam parts; you must sit in the testing window for which you purchased a registration. If you purchase both parts 1 and 2 for the same testing window you are eligible for a $100 discount. To receive the discount, you are required to take both exams in the same testing window. If you are unable to, and you request a refund of one part within 30 days of purchase, you will receive a refund of $225. After 30 days, there are no refunds. (Refund calculation: $600 paid less $350 for the exam part you plan to take, less $25 processing fee equals a refundable amount of $225.)

 
Exam Retake Policy

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 be taken only once within the January/February testing window). All exam retakes require a new registration along with payment of appropriate fees.

 
Expiration Of Exam Parts

All CMA candidates have three years to pass 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.

Instructions To Candidates

  1. Read the complete instructions for candidates
  2. If you enrolled for the four-part exam CMA program prior to February 28, 2010, click here for important information.

Examination Fee

posted Jun 24, 2012, 11:56 PM by IMA Qatar Chapter   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM ]

Professional Member Fees

Certification Entrance Fee (nonrefundable)

$225*

Exam Fee

$350 per part

Exam Fee if a candidate registers for both parts at

the same time for the same testing window

$300 per part

Transition Exam (offered through February 28, 2013)

$225 per part

*The Certification Entrance Fee covers:

  1. Credential review for educational qualification
  2. Credential review for experience qualification
  3. Six months access to the CMA Exam Support package which includes the CMA Assessment Tool and printable practice questions
  4. Final Score Report
  5. Performance feedback reports for candidates who do not pass
  6. Personalized, numbered certificate for office display
  7. Congratulatory notification to employer or others, if desired

Please note:

  1. Candidates must complete parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam within three years of entry into the program
  1. Candidates also must register for an exam part within the first 12 months of entering the program
  1. Fees subject to change
  2. All fees are nonrefundable, subject to the refund policy
  3. To qualify for the Student/Academic discount, you must be an IMA Student/Academic member

Refund Policy

After 30 days from the date of registration, examination fees are not refundable. Within 30 days of the registration date, an examination fee may be refunded if no test appointment has been set. A $25 processing fee will be subtracted from the refund. Please note: If you purchase both parts 1 and 2 for the same testing window and received the $100 discount, you are required to take both exams in the same testing window. If you are unable to, and you request a refund of one part within 30 days of purchase, you will receive a refund of $225. After 30 days, there are no refunds. (Refund calculation: $600 paid, less $350 for the exam part you plan to take, less a$25 processing fee equals a refundable amount of $225.)

Maintaining and Promoting your Credential

posted Jun 24, 2012, 11:55 PM by IMA Qatar Chapter   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM ]

Maintain Your CMA Credential By Following Three Easy Steps:

  1. 1 Continue your membership in IMA
  2. 2 Pay the CMA maintenance fee*
  3. 3 Fulfill your annual CPE requirement

*The CMA Maintenance Fee is payable at the time of a CMA member’s renewal term.


Maintaining The Value Of The CMA

The CMA Maintenance Fee is used by ICMA to promote the CMA program to increase brand awareness in the marketplace and thereby enhance the value to certificants. It also covers the administrative costs of maintaining CMA records and providing confirmation of one’s CMA credential to employers. CMA members receive a discount off the subscription price of IMA’s NASBA-approved CPEdge learning products, as well as free access to IMA's series of CPE-earning webinars. Maintaining the CMA credential distinguishes CMAs as premium members of IMA

Promoting Your Credential


Maximize The Recognition Of Your CMA Credential:

  1. Include the CMA designation on your business card and business correspondence.
  2. Inform your supervisor and Human Resources Department that you have earned the CMA. To have confirmation of your CMA sent to your employer, contact imamiddleeast@imanet.org.
  3. If your organization’s Human Resources Department is not familiar with the CMA program, direct them to this website. To request CMA brochures, please contact IMA member services at imamiddleeast@imanet.org or call (800) IMA ME (462 63).
  4. Become an active member of the CMA community by participating in the CMA network on LinkUp IMA and staying current with the CMA Connection quarterly electronic newsletter.
  5. Participate in mentoring programs organized by your local IMA chapter or council, and take the opportunity to encourage promising young professionals to consider applying for the CMA.
  6. To obtain a sample press release click here.


Educate And Inform

Increase awareness of the CMA – and its value as the gold standard credential for accountants and financial professionals working in business – by sharing with your colleagues some facts about the CMA program.

  1. The CMA is an advanced professional certification specifically designed to measure the critical accounting and financial management skills that are especially relevant for success in a business environment.
  2. The CMA program promotes mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support through a rigorous curriculum and an extensive exam process.
  3. Compliance with the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice is a requirement for maintaining the CMA credential. ( Download English | Arabic )
  4. CMAs hold key management positions–all the way up to the C-Suite – in a wide range of organizations, including multinational corporations, private firms, academic institutions, and not-for-profit organizations.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

posted Jun 24, 2012, 11:53 PM by IMA Qatar Chapter   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 4:28 AM ]

Once you are certified, you must complete 30 hours of continuing education annually, including a minimum of two hours in the area of ethics. Since CPE hours reported are verified on a random basis, you should keep CPE certificates and other supporting documents for a minimum of two years.

 
 


CPE Courses And Events

IMA offers a variety of programs uniquely geared for the professional development of accountants and financial professionals in business. To make meeting your CPE requirement convenient and enjoyable, IMA offers hundreds of NASBA-approved CPE courses and events every year, with content designed with you in mind. For more information on IMA's CPE programs, visit these sites:

  1. Learning Center - online self-study and free webinars
  2. Programs & Events - national live events and conference
  3. Councils & Chapters - local live events

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