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1 CMA Awareness Stacie Hughes, CMA, CFM, CPA, CFE Athens State University Student Chapter IMA

2 What is the CMA? Certified Management Accountant designation granted by the ICMA (administered by IMA) Must pass two-part exam and meet education and experience requirements CMA’s generally provide services to employers rather than to the public

3 CMA – CPA Comparison CMA Credentials: International recognition Targeted to corporate financial professionals Broad-based, industry- related content CPA Designation: Limited to U.S.; a state designation Targeted to public accounting Content for public practice

4 CMA – CPA Comparison CMA Knowledge-Based Professional Preparer/User of accounting information Concept based “Inside” corporate professionals Higher quality, lower costs Forward-looking Player CPA Skills-Based Professional Auditor of accounting information Rule based Public practice licensure Attesting to the accuracy of financial records Historical Referee

5 CMA – CPA Comparison CMA Appropriate for a career in managerial finance and accounting professionals inside organizations. Over 80% of accounting professionals in U.S. work inside organizations. Focus on decision support, planning, and control over the organization’s value-creating operations. CPA Appropriate for a career in public accounting

6 Why the CMA? Expanded career options and greater earning potential – IMA’s 21 st Annual Salary Survey found that CMA-certified professionals earned 23% more in salary and 30% more in total compensation than those without certification (Strategic Finance magazine, June 2010) Demonstrate substantial knowledge – Required to pass rigorous exam to obtain CMA. Passing the exam demonstrates the ability to work across the breadth and depth of the entire accounting process within organizations.

7 Why the CMA? Professional development and lifelong learning – Maintain professional competence through annual continuing professional education (30 hours with at least 2 in ethics) Committed to a code of ethics – Must comply with the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice – Maintain 2 hours of ethics education per year

8 Why the CMA? Competitive Advantage – Companies can identify motivated professionals for hiring, recognition, and advancement. – Companies such as 3M, Boeing, DaimlerChrysler, GE, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM specifically search for individuals with the CMA certification to help improve company performance. – Multi-national corporations are incorporating the CMA certification as part of their professional development programs for employees

9 Power of the CMA Bob Laux, CMA – Senior Director of Technical Accounting and Reporting at Microsoft Corporation “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.”

10 CMA Certification Requirements Membership in the IMA Payment of Entrance Fee Satisfaction of Education Qualification Satisfaction of Experience Qualification Passing scores for both required examination parts Compliance with the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice

11 Examination Fees Certification Entrance Fee $200 – Student Entrance Fee $75 Examination Fee Per Part$350 $300 per part if taken in same window – Student Exam Fee Per Part $175 One-time 50% discount

12 Education Qualification Must have a Bachelors Degree, in any area, from an accredited college or university.

13 Experience Qualification Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting, financial management, public accounting, or academia Experience may be completed prior to application or within seven years of passing the examination. Qualifying experience examples: financial analysis, budget preparation, MIS analysis, auditing, teaching, research, etc.

14 CMA Exam – Part 1 Financial Planning, Performance, and Control (4 hours – 100 multiple choice questions and two 30-minute essay questions) – Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting30% – Performance Management25% – Cost Management25% – Internal Controls15% – Professional Ethics 5%

15 CMA Exam – Part 2 Financial Decision Making (4 hours – 100 multiple choice questions and two 30-minute essay questions) – Financial Statement Analysis25% – Corporate Finance25% – Decision Analysis and Risk Management25% – Investment Decisions20% – Professional Ethics 5%

16 Other CMA Exam Info Passing score is 72% You have 3 years from the date of entry into the program Computer-based tests given at Prometric Testing Centers Parts 1 and 2 will be given during three testing windows: January/February, May/June, and September/October

17 Prometric Screen Shot

18 Performance Review Score Reports – Scores will be mailed approximately 6-8 weeks after the end of the month in which you took the test Detail of Performance Report – Sent to anyone who does not pass the multiple choice portions of parts 1or 2. Measures your performance by each major topic area on the exam. Advanced Performance Report – Includes performance on subtopics in addition to the major topic areas. Must specifically request Advanced Report Exam Retake Policy – In order to retake, must register and repay the full exam fee

19 IMA Study Resources CMA Exam Support Package – Included in the Certification Entrance Fee. Included in this package are downloadable and printable Q&A books, 1,000 recently retired questions, and an online assessment tool with multiple choice exams and sample essay questions. CMA Q&A Publications – Books of “retired” questions IMA’s CMA Learning System – Comprehensive student textbooks and online prep tools. –

20 Gleim CMA Review Books Audio lectures Test prep software Essay Wizard Online Course Professor-Led Reviews

21 For Additional Information IMA Gleim Website Stacie Hughes, CMA, CFM, CPA, CFE


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