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Finance Leadership Program
CGMA Finance Leadership Program
The CGMA is the mark of distinction in the business accounting world. To earn the CGMA designation, you need to master the technical finance and accounting skills, understand advanced business concepts and demonstrate your strategic leadership abilities. The CGMA Finance Leadership Program was created to help you develop mastery of these skills, and become a better business leader, as you work to earn the CGMA designation.
The foundation of the CGMA program is the CGMA Competency Framework, which outlines the most critical business skills companies need, based on extensive feedback from employers around the world. The result is a comprehensive program encompassing both the technical finance and accounting skills as well as the business, people and leadership skills finance professionals need now and in the future.
The CGMA program is flexible, with different entry points to set you on the most efficient path to master critical skills and earn the CGMA designation. The program builds on your unique knowledge and experience, so you can start the program at the entry point that is right for you, and then gain the complementary skills that you need to be a successful, well-rounded, business leader.
The CGMA program is online and self-paced, so you can develop new business skills anytime, from anywhere in the world. The program constantly adapts to you, learning your strengths and focusing on your unique professional development needs, to create a truly personal learning experience.
The CGMA program is designed specifically for working professionals, using real-world scenarios to help you learn new frameworks and tools you can apply immediately, while building a solid foundation of business acumen that will serve you throughout your career.
The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is comprehensive, to empower you with the relevant and practical skills you need to be an effective business leader. The CGMA program features three separate levels, encompassing all the critical business competencies, from the fundamental business principles to the most advanced topics.
The Operational Level introduces essential business concepts and provides a strong foundation in the technical skills in finance and accounting.
The Management Level builds on these core skills and business acumen, with more advanced concepts, tools and frameworks.
The Strategic Level completes your professional skill set, with new insights and a valuable toolkit to help you lead at the enterprise level. Each level of the CGMA program culminates with a Case Study Exam, a unique assessment designed to test your mastery of the critical competencies in a real-world scenario.
The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is designed just for you, building on your unique knowledge and experience, and empowering you with new tools and skills to help you earn the CGMA designation. The CGMA program offers a variety of entry routes, based on your individual education and career achievements. This dynamic format provides an efficient, personalized path to earn the CGMA designation, focused on the specific skills you need to develop:
- If you are just starting your career, your entry into the CGMA program will help you develop a strong foundation in the fundamentals of business, and then build on that foundation with more advanced skills as you progress through the program.
- If you have studied business and completed a degree in accounting, finance or business administration, your entry route would be different, starting at a more advanced level, based on your education and experience.
- Likewise, if you have already earned a professional accounting qualification, such as a CPA, your recommended entry route into the CGMA program would reflect that accomplishment.
Wherever you start the CGMA program, you will have access to the entire body of knowledge, from the basic, foundational skills to the most advanced business concepts. You will also have access to all the practical tools and frameworks you can apply immediately in your organization. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required to start the CGMA program.
The CGMA Finance Leadership Program seamlessly blends learning and assessments, to ensure that you understand key topics and can apply your new skills before you move on to more advanced business concepts. The intelligent design of the CGMA program adjusts to you, so you can learn at your own pace and build upon your unique knowledge and experience with complementary skills and tools you can use immediately.
Each level of the CGMA program culminates with a Case Study Exam, a unique assessment designed to test your mastery of the critical competencies. The Case Study Exam will challenge you to apply all of your knowledge and skills to deliver insights and make decisions in a real-world business situation. The Case Study Exams are administered at testing centers all over the world, establishing a global standard of excellence for all CGMA designation holders.
The CGMA Finance Leadership program will prepare you for the Case Study Exam - and any future business challenge you’ll face - with the skills, the experience, and the confidence you need.
Learn about the Case Study Exam in this video overview:
To obtain the CGMA designation through the AICPA, you must be an AICPA member and pass all required CGMA learning and assessments. You must also meet the Practical Experience Requirement (PER), with a minimum of three years of practical work experience.
The Practical Experience Requirement demonstrates your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in the context of your professional experience. You do not need to have work experience to start the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, but you must meet the Practical Experience Requirements before you can obtain the CGMA designation.
To meet the Practical Experience Requirement, you will provide evidence of relevant, work-based experience, demonstrating a minimum 36 months of practical experience across the four knowledge areas outlined in the CGMA Competency Framework: Technical Skills, Business Skills, People Skills and Leadership Skills.
Learn more about the Practical Experience Requirement.
Once you have passed the required CGMA assessments and met the Practical Experience Requirement, the final step in becoming a CGMA designation holder is to submit your application.
To maintain your CGMA designation, you must remain an AICPA member in good standing and pay the annual membership fee. The CGMA designation also carries with it a lifelong commitment to professional development. You are not required to recertify, or take any additional exams to maintain the CGMA designation, but Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is required for all CGMA designation holders, to maintain the integrity and credibility of the qualification and the profession. The Continuing Professional Development policy does not prescribe a set number of hours or units; rather, it simply asks that you do as much as you need to remain professionally competent and meet your career goals, record what you do and reflect on the outcome and effectiveness of your professional development activities.