Practical Experience Requirement

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 any 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 qualify for the CGMA designation, you must provide evidence of relevant, work-based experience, demonstrating a minimum 36 months’ practical experience across the four knowledge areas as defined by the CGMA Competency Framework: Technical Skills, Business Skills, People Skills and Leadership Skills.

CGMA COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK


Evidence of your practical experience must demonstrate relevant work addressing at least four (4) competency categories from either the Technical Skills and/or the Business Skills knowledge areas, with at least one competency category from each.  Your practical experience should encompass a minimum of 36 months.

  • Half of your practical experience requirement (18 months) may demonstrate relevant work across the foundational, intermediate, advanced and expert levels.
  • The remaining 18 months of the practical experience requirement must demonstrate work experience at the intermediate, advanced and/or expert levels.

Evidence of your practical experience must also demonstrate relevant work addressing at least one (1) competency category from the People Skills knowledge area and one (1) competency category from the Leadership Skills knowledge areas.

  • Your relevant work experience from these knowledge areas should be in the context of the Technical Skills and Business Skills and can be gained across foundational, intermediate, advanced or expert levels during the 36 month requirement.