First, before you do anything else for the CMA exam, you must become a member of IMA (Institute of Management Accountants).
This is the most commonly overlooked step by candidates who assume they can just sign up and take the CMA Exam.
There is an annual IMA membership fee (ranging from $35 to $245, depending on your professional experience) that you will need pay first before you can enter the CMA program.
In addition to passing the two-part CMA Exam, you must meet two basic eligibility requirements to earn CMA certification:
You may join IMA and even take and pass the CMA Exam before completing these requirements — you’ll be awarded actual CMA certification later once they’ve completed your degree or two years of professional work.
These requirements may seem straightforward, but there can be a lot of variances to a candidate’s education and career. As such, it’s very important that you learn about and understand what the requirement exceptions are, which are covered extensively in IMA’s CMA Handbook (PDF).
Once you’ve become an IMA member, you’ll need to enter the actual CMAprogram before you can take the CMA exam.
There is a $250 fee to enter the CMA program. View your options here.
The CMA Exam is a two-part entirely computer-based exam and administered at Prometic testing facilities throughout the world.
Part 1 of the CMA Exam focuses on :
Part 2 of the CMA Exam focuses on:
You’re eligible to take the CMA exam in any order you wish.
How much should you prepare/study? Get the answer here.
Professional Member Exam Fee: $395 per part / $790 total
Student Member Exam Fee: $296.25 per part ($592.50 total)
Don’t forget: You need to be an IMA member and have paid the membership fee as well as the CMA program entrance fee before you can sign up for the CMA exam.
If you are enrolled in the CMA program and are ready to sit for the exam, here are the steps:
2. Receive confirmation of your registration. You’ll receive your authorization number for each exam part that you’re taking, testing window(s), and step-by-step instructions for scheduling your exam.
3. Locate your local Prometric Testing Center and schedule your exam appointment(s) at www.prometric.com.
4. Be sure to have all of the required identification documents with you when you appear for your scheduled exam.
To earn and maintain your CMA certification, you must agree to and abide by IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.