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The CGMA Finance Leadership Program was created to help finance leaders master critical knowledge and skills so that they can earn the CGMA designation. The foundation of the program is the CGMA Competency Framework, which outlines the essential business skills every company needs, based on extensive feedback from employers around the world.

 

The CGMA program is designed specifically for working professionals, using real-world business scenarios to teach practical skill, tools and frameworks which can be applied immediately in your organization. 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 a single solution to help you develop everyone on your finance team, using a single, global standard of excellence. The program offers different entry points, based on education and experience, so everyone on your team you can start the program at the appropriate entry point, and then gain the complementary skills that they need to be a successful, well-rounded, business partners. 

 

The CGMA program is online and self-paced, your team can develop new business skills anytime, from anywhere in the world. The innovative program constantly adapts to the individual, focusing on unique professional development needs, to create a truly personal and efficient learning experience. 

If you would like more information about the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, or if you would like to register your finance team, contact our account service team. We are happy to help you and answer any questions. As an employer account, we will work with you to streamline your experience, helping you to identify members of your team who would benefit from the CGMA program and determine the appropriate entry route into the program for each member of your team.  We can also provide guidance and best practices to help you and your organization get the most from the CGMA Program.
 

When you want to register your team for the CGMA program, we will work with you to process group payment. We will provide you with vouchers your team can use to register and start the CGMA program. We will work with you to schedule a kick-off meeting with your team, to welcome them the CGMA program and position them for success.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is a single, comprehensive solution to help you develop your entire finance team with the critical knowledge, skills and experience they need. The flexible program format offers different entry routes, so everyone on your team can take advantage of the CGMA program regardless of their education and experience level.

 

Early career professionals might start at the Operational Level where they will learn essential business concepts and develop a strong foundation in the technical skills of finance and accounting. Emerging leaders might start at the Management Level, where they can build on their existing knowledge and experience with more advanced concepts, tools and frameworks. Senior finance professional might start at the Strategic Level, where they will refine their skills to lead at the enterprise level.  The CGMA program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. To earn the CGMA designation, candidates must have 3 years of relevant work experience. This experience can be gained before, during, or after completing the CGMA Program.

 

Every organization is different, and every finance leader is unique.  We will work with you to determine the right entry route for every member of your team.  Regardless of where they start the CGMA program, they will gain new tools and valuable skills that they can apply immediately in your organization.  When they complete the program, you can have confidence that they have all attained a global standard of excellence in finance leadership.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is unlike any other training program for finance leaders. Many traditional training programs, and other professional qualifications, focus on a narrow set of technical skills. The CGMA program includes the technical finance and accounting skills, while also offering broader business acumen and leadership development. The CGMA program is a comprehensive solution to help you develop your finance team, using a global standard of excellence informed by employers from around the world.
 

The CGMA program format is also unique, offering different entry routes, so anyone on your team can begin the program at the right place, based on their education and experience, and start building news skills from day one. The program features real-world scenarios and business simulations, so your team can apply new tools and frameworks in a business context. This “learning by doing approach” helps to reinforce the relevance of key business skills and accelerates learning, empowering your team with skills they can use to make an immediate impact.
 

The CGMA program features adaptive learning technology that uses real-time data and analytics to create a personalized learning experience for everyone. The intelligent design of the CGMA program builds on what they already know, so they can focus time and energy on developing new knowledge and skills. The innovative technology was built to optimize the learning experience, offering a more effective and efficient path to master new knowledge and skills.

There are two subscription plans available for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, so you can choose the plan that works best for you. 
 

1 Year Program Subscription


The one-year subscription plan is a great option if you plan to complete the CGMA Finance Leadership Program in the next twelve (12) months.  If you already have the education and experience, and you plan to start at a more advance program level, the one-year subscription plan will give you everything you need to reach your goal and earn the CGMA designation. Regardless of where you start, you will have access to all of the foundational tools and frameworks featured in the CGMA program.
 

The one-year subscription plan also includes access to exam preparation materials for each of the Case Study Exams, and two (2) credits for each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams. These exam credits are valid through the end of the one-year subscription period. 
 

The one-year subscription plan also includes your first year of membership dues for the AICPA as a CGMA Associate Member.
 

If you need more time to complete the CGMA program, you can always renew your annual subscription.
 

The price for the One Year Subscription Price is $2,295. There is also a one-time, registration and Application Fee of $390.

3 Year Program Subscription

The three-year subscription plan is a good choice if you plan to take more than one year to complete the CGMA Finance Leadership Program. The three-year subscription includes everything you need to earn the CGMA designation, and gives you more time to reach your goal.
 

The three-year subscription plan includes access to exam preparation materials for each of the Case Study Exams, and two (2) credits for each of the required CGMA Case Study Exams. These exam credits are valid until the end of your three-year subscription period. 
 

The three-year subscription plan includes your membership dues for the AICPA as a CGMA Associate Member, for the duration of your three-year subscription. The three-year subscription plan also includes all application and registration fees.
 

Three Year Subscription Price: $4,395

Each voucher’s expiration date is equal to the length of the purchased subscription (1 or 3 year), plus 60 days from the time the voucher code was generated and sent to the employer contract person.
 

The voucher can be redeemed at any time before the expiration date. However, redeeming the voucher after the initial 60-day introduction period reduces the candidates active time in the program. We recommend that employers distribute the vouchers directly after receipt and ask their candidates to register promptly to maximize their time in the program.

Every organization will have a different definition of success. We believe that success is a finance team empowered with the skills they need to be more effective, strategic business leaders.  The CGMA program is designed to give your finance team new skills and tools they can use immediately, while positioning them for future success.
 

The CGMA program features rigorous assessments and exams, to ensure that everyone on your finance team has mastered all the critical competencies outlined in the CGMA Competency Framework. Each member of your team will have a personal learning dashboard, to monitor their progress through the CGMA program and track all of the new skills, tools and frameworks they have developed.

There are two subscription plans available for the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, so you can choose the plan that works best for each member of your team. The time limit / expiration date is based on the subscription plan you choose for your team.
 

The CGMA program offers different entry points, so everyone on your finance team can start at the appropriate point, based on their unique education and experience. The entry route will determine, in part, how long it takes to complete the CGMA program and earn the CGMA designation.
 

The CGMA program is entirely online and self-paced, offering your team the flexibility to study on their own terms. The CGMA program features adaptive technology to optimize the learning experience, so they can focus more time on the areas where they need to develop proficiency.  The result is a more effective and efficient learning experience.
 

While every path to earn the designation is unique, basic guidelines regarding the timeline are below:
 

  • Most candidates should aim to complete each Level, including both the learning and the Case Study Exams, within 9 to 12 months.
  • The average candidate should expect to take 150-200 hours to complete each Level of the CGMA program.

The CGMA program provides your finance team with a flexible opportunity to gain critical skills while working to earn the most widely held management accounting designation in the world.  The foundation of the program is the CGMA Competency Framework, which outlines the essential business skills every company needs, based on extensive feedback from employers around the world.  As a result, the CGMA program may include some of the same knowledge, skills and experience your company is working to address through learning and development. We believe the CGMA program is a strong complement to any learning and development efforts, ensuring a comprehensive solution for every member of your finance team. If your organization does not have a competency model for your finance team, then we encourage you to explore the CGMA Competency Framework as a resource to identify, recruit and develop a world-class finance team.

There are currently over 150,000 CGMA designation holders in the world and over 50,000 in North America. Thousands of organizations around the world, from the largest multinational companies to the latest entrepreneurial start-up, in both the public and private sectors, recognize the value of CGMA designation, and rely on the CGMA program for the training and development of their finance leaders.  Companies rely on the CGMA designation to ensure that they have the critical knowledge, skills and experience to achieve their business objectives.  CGMAs are active in every industry and every sector, driving businesses forward.  Recruiters such as Robert Half International now quote CGMA as a credential in demand amongst corporations.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is currently available to organizations operating in the United States, and their finance teams, including those located outside of the United States. 

The CGMA program is not currently embedded in any U.S. colleges or university curriculum.