Going for the CMA certification is a great career move, especially when you aspire to make it big in the field of management accounting. But before getting into it, it is important that you know every detail about the course, eligibility, exam structure, salaries and the opportunities it will offer. You need not go anywhere else to find all these information, just sit back and continue reading and I am sure that by the end of it you’ ll have answers to all your questions related to the CMA certification.
Note: Not to be confused with Certified Medical Assistant, a high standard professional medical certificate.
To get the CMA certification, you must have:
CMA exams are divided into two parts (four hours for each part) the syllabus of which is as below:
Syllabus for CMA Exam Part 1
Syllabus for CMA Exam Part 2
The candidates have to clear both these parts within 3 years of registering for CMA.
When can you appear for the exam?
The candidate can appear for the exam in the following months
CMA Exams are administered by Prometric which has centers all over the world. You’ll have to schedule your exams atleast 72 hours prior (It is advisable to schedule atleast 4 week in advance)
Obtaining the CMA certification will open a lot of opportunities for you in the domestic as well as the global market. It will help you enhance your financial, accounting, and management skills that will expand your career potential and which will help you to stand out from the rest. Some of the job roles that you expect after completing CMA USA are:
Learn more about the job roles to be pursued after CMA
Now comes the most important question, “How much will you earn after CMA?”. Well, that depends on various factors like company size, your position in the company, experience level, etc. Listed below are the salary of CMAs in India from different perspectives.
CMA Salary by Age & Years of Experience
Like every other certification and field, the salary of a CMA increases with experience. If you have just started out, you might not be able to draw a big amount, but after completing a few years, there’s no looking back.
CMA salaries by Job Role
Finance Managers and Financial Controller are the positions that you must look out for as they are the highest earning positions, but if you are starting out, it is quite possible that you might have to work at entry level.
CMA Salary by Region
No matter where you are in the world, if you are a CMA you don’t have to worry about anything because you’ll be earning the most competitive and growth-oriented salary.
Data source: IMA’s 2019 Global Salary Survey
CMA Salary by Company Size
Bigger the company, higher will be the salary. However, there could be some exceptions with companies that have more than 2000 employees.
Salary Source – Payscale
The US CMA salary in India is high, and not just in India, CMAs earn a very good salary across the globe. You can check the same by going through the Global Salary Survey Report by IMA. It specifically states that CMAs have a 57% higher median base salary and 55% higher median total compensation than non-CMAs.
According to a survey published on Times of India, the most preferred industries by business/commerce graduates is the Auditing & Accounting industry, which makes it important for you to have an added edge to your qualification. In this case, CMA gives you the required edge and makes you eligible for organizations and MNCs in India and globally.
Image Source – TOI
Employers hiring CMAs:
How to become a US CMA:
Becoming a CMA requires you to have a bachelor’s degree from any stream except arts. A student who is in the final year of the bachelor’s program may also pursue CMA, however, he/she will require to then get a degree along with two years of relevant experience to attain the certification.
If you fulfil the minimum criterion mentioned above, here are the steps to be followed:
Note: If you already have two years of relevant work experience, you can immediately avail the FCCA from IMA after clearing both parts of the exam. If you are a fresher, you need to complete two years as a finance or accounts professional to attain the membership.
CMA Exam and Subject Wise Weightage
CMA Exam has two parts of four hours each. Each exam has 100 multiple choice questions and two essay type questions. The subjects and subject wise weightage has been given below:
IMA full form: Institute of Management Accountants
The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is a global association of Accounts and Finance professionals. With a mission to educate and develop professionals to advocate the highest standard of ethics under management accounting and finance, and follow best business practices, IMA has been one of the top associations focused on advancing the management accounting profession.
IMA, founded in 1919, is the body that offers the prestigious designation of Certified Management Accountant. IMA was named the Professional Body of the year in 2017 and 2018 by The International Accounting Bulletin. They have a global network of more than 100,000 members with 300 professional and student chapters in around 140 countries. With a vision to be the leading resource for connecting, certifying, supporting and developing the best accounts and finance professionals in the world, IMA associates itself with integrity, innovation, passion, respect and trust.
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