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The CGMA Finance Leadership Program was created to help you develop mastery of critical skills as you work to 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 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 Finance Leadership Program is comprehensive, to empower you with all of the relevant and practical skills you need to be an effective business leader. It 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 careers.

 

The CGMA program is extremely 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 partner. 

 

The CGMA program is online and self-paced, so you can develop new business skills anytime, from anywhere in the world. The innovative 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 Finance Leadership 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 CGMA Finance Leadership Program level is divided into specific skill sets, so you can build your professional toolkit one skill at a time. Ongoing learning and assessment throughout the program helps to identify skills that you have already mastered, and guides you to the opportunities to learn and apply new tools. Each level of the CGMA program culminates with a Case Study Exam, to test your mastery of the business concepts and your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in real-world business situations. You must successfully pass the required assessments to qualify for the CGMA designation.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is designed to help you:
 

  • Earn the CGMA designation, the leading professional qualification recognized by employers worldwide
  • Distinguish yourself as a strategic leader.
  • Become more nimble and agile for your next business challenge, project or role.
  • Develop a broader foundation of business and finance knowledge.
  • Drive more actionable insight into the business.
  • Become a more versatile and cross-functional business partner
  • Reach your career potential

The CGMA Finance Leadership program is designed to be comprehensive, helping you to develop the technical, business, people, and leadership skills you need to be an effective finance professional.  The CGMA program is informed by the CGMA Competency Framework, which outlines the essential business skills every company needs, based on extensive feedback from employers around the world.


Other accounting and finance qualifications focus primarily on specific technical skills.  The CGMA program includes these technical skills, but also focuses on leadership development, strategy and business acumen. The CGMA program is more similar in scope to a traditional MBA or Master’s in Accounting degree.  However, unlike these professional degrees, the CGMA was established by the world’s largest professional body of accountants, CIMA and AICPA, offering a global standard of excellence for the profession.


The CGMA Program offers a unique, personal learning experience that is unlike any other designation or degree. The CGMA program features adaptive technology and advanced learning algorithms to track your progress and guide you through the program, recommending new skills and tools based on your strengths and weaknesses.  The innovative learning technology creates a more effective and efficient learning experience.

The CGMA program is currently not designed to meet the NASBA requirements related to offering CPE credit as a self-study course; please verify with your state board if the CGMA program would qualify you for CPE.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program was created to help you develop the critical knowledge, skills and experience you need to earn the CGMA designation. The foundation of the CGMA 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 result is a comprehensive program encompassing both the technical finance and accounting skills as well as the business, people and leadership skills you need to be successful now and in the future.

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is comprehensive, to empower you with all of the relevant and practical skills you need to be an effective business leader.  The foundation of the CGMA 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 features 45 competency areas, including hundreds of relevant skills and practical tools you can apply immediately in your organization.

 

The CGMA Finance Leadership 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.

 

Strategic
Level (11)

Strategic Management

  • Competitive Advantage
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Strategy Execution
  • Digital Strategy
     
Risk Management

  • Risk Oversight
  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Assessment
  • Internal Control

Financial Strategy
 

  • Financial Objectives
  • Corporate Finance
  • Regulatory Compliance

 

Management Level (15)

Project and Relationship Management

  • Organizational Strategy
  • Organizational Management
  • Individual Performance
  • Team Performance
  • Project Management
Advanced Management Accounting

  • Cost Competitiveness
  • Responsibility Centres
  • Performance Measurement
  • Capital Investment
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Long-term Decisions

Advanced Financial Reporting
 

  • Advanced Financial Statements
  • Complex Group Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Long-term Financing

 

Operational Level (19)

Organisational  Management
 

  • Organizational Structures
  • Finance Transformation
  • Technology & Information Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • HR Management

 

Management Accounting 

  • Costing Techniques
  • Cost Variance Analysis
  • Short-term Decision
  • Financial Planning
  • Budget Analysis
  • Pricing Decisions
  • Cost-based Pricing
  • Marginal Cost Analysis
Financial Reporting and Taxation

  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Statements
  • Basic Group Reporting
  • Business Taxation
  • Working Capital Management