Follow these five steps to register for the Certified Management Account (CMA) exam:

  1. Join IMA here.
  2. Pay the CMA Entrance Fee here.
  3. Register for the exam here.
  4. Receive confirmation of your registration, which provides your authorization number(s), testing window(s), and the Instructions for Candidates.
  5. Schedule your exam appointment(s) with Prometric, the IMA testing partner at www.prometric.com/ICMA.

Be sure to bring the required identification documents to your scheduled exam appointment(s).

TIP: Schedule your exam appointment as soon as possible. Your authorization number is only valid for the testing window you selected. You cannot postpone your exams to another testing window, but you can change your test date within the same two-month window.

The CMA exam is taken into two parts, which are both computer-based and administered at hundreds of testing facilities around the world. With three two-month testing windows each year, you can sit for an exam part at a time and place that’s convenient for you.

Exams are offered only during these two-month periods:

  1. January and February
  2. May and June
  3. September and October

What are the Requirements for CMA Certification?

  • Maintain membership in the IMA. If you aren’t a member, join the IMA now.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or an equivalent degree as determined by an independent evaluation agency). If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, you can petition the IMA for an exception if you have substantial and relevant professional achievements. Please refer to the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.
  • At least two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. Please refer to the Experience Qualification section of the CMA Handbook.
  • Enroll in the CMA program.
  • Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam.
  • Abide by IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice. Download it here.

Don’t meet the educational or professional experience requirements? You can sit for the exam and you then have seven years from the date of your exam to finish your bachelor’s degree and/or your two years of continuous professional experience. Once you do, you automatically become an active CMA

What are the CMA Exam Fees?

Professional Fees

IMA Membership Fee: $245
CMA Entrance Fee (non-refundable): $250
Exam Fee: $415 per part
Rescheduling Fee*: $50

Academic Fees

IMA Membership Fee: $135
CMA Entrance Fee (non-refundable): $188
Exam Fee: $311 per part
Rescheduling Fee*: $50

Student Fees

IMA Membership Fee: $39
CMA Entrance Fee (non-refundable): $188
Exam Fee: $311 per part
Rescheduling Fee*: $50

Total Cost to Earn Your CMA With No Exam Retakes

  • Professionals: $1,325
  • Academics: $945
  • Students: $849

*You must reschedule your exam more than 30 days prior to your scheduled appointment. You can only move the date to a late date within the same two-month testing window.