FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions? Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the CGMA designation.

For AICPA members:
To qualify for the CGMA designation through the AICPA, you must be a member of the AICPA, pass the CGMA exam and have a minimum of three years relevant, work-based, practical management accounting experience, as defined by the CGMA Competency Framework.  You can find a complete definition of the practical experience requirement here.


For CIMA members:
To obtain the CGMA designation through the CIMA qualification, you must complete the prescribed CIMA examinations, meet the experience requirements and be a member of CIMA.  Current CIMA members may choose to use the CGMA designation alongside their existing FCMA or ACMA designation. Members of CPA Australia or CMA Canada elected to CIMA membership through the "preferred access" route after 31 January 2012 will not be eligible to use the CGMA letters.

No. They can remain CIMA members and obtain their CGMA designation through CIMA.

No. They can remain AICPA members and obtain the CGMA designation through the CGMA Program.

To become a CIMA member, you must complete the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting that includes five computer-based assessment exams, as well as the CIMA professional qualification that includes nine separate exams and two case studies totalling 19.5 hours of examinations.