Obtain the Designation


Designation Eligibility

To qualify for the CGMA designation through the AICPA, you must be a regular member of the AICPA, pass the CGMA exam and have a minimum of three years relevant, work-based, practical management accounting experience.

Eligible AICPA members must attest they meet the experience requirements when applying to obtain the CGMA designation:

  • Minimum 36 months of relevant management accounting experience, as defined by the CGMA Competency Framework.
  • Range of experience across at least four (4) competencies in the Technical and Business Skills knowledge areas, with a minimum of one (1) per area.
  • Depth of experience with a minimum of 18 months at the Intermediate (or higher) proficiency level as defined in the CGMA Competency Framework.
  • Demonstrated work-based experience in competencies from the Leadership or People Skills knowledge areas.

For detailed descriptions of qualifying competencies, please refer to the complete CGMA Competency Framework.


Cost of the Designation

For AICPA members who have passed the CGMA exam and meet the practical experience requirements, the final step in becoming a CGMA designation holder is to submit the application and pay the respective designation fee.

Annual dues are $180.

AICPA members who also carry a state society membership receive a yearly discount of $50, making annual dues with a state society membership $130.


Maintaining the Designation

To maintain your CGMA designation, you must remain a member of the AICPA in good standing and pay the annual fee for the designation.

Continuing professional education (CPE) is required for CPAs to maintain their professional competence and provide quality professional services.  You are responsible for complying with all applicable CPE requirements, rules and regulations of state boards of accountancy, as well as those of the AICPA. 

There are no additional requirements for CGMA designation holders.  Learn more about the relevance and value of continuing professional development here.


Applying for the Designation

If you’ve passed the CGMA exam and meet the practical experience requirements, the final step in becoming a CGMA designation holder is to submit your application and pay the respective designation fee. 

Please visit the designation application page for more information and to apply today.