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What is the CGMA designation?

The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA®) designation is the premier management accounting credential, indicating you have advanced proficiency in finance, operations, strategy and management. With this credential, you embrace global recognition of your business acumen, ethics and commitment.

Why is the CGMA designation valuable?

The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA®) designation signals that you have completed a rigorous and structured curriculum and are at the top of your game. Increased self-confidence, a competitive edge for special projects, a boost for promotions and new career paths — the designation opens up these possibilities and more.

Why is the CGMA designation valuable?

The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA®) designation signals that you have completed a rigorous and structured curriculum and are at the top of your game. Increased self-confidence, a competitive edge for special projects, a boost for promotions and new career paths — the designation opens up these possibilities and more.

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U.S. CPAs are only required to take the capstone CGMA exam but often take refresher courses to prepare.

Finance professionals in the Americas are required to take the CGMA Finance Leadership Program and case study exams.

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You’ll have opportunities to purchase the educational materials and exam products for the pathway you selected.

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Requirements include completing the professional development (if not a CPA), passing the exam(s) and achieving the experience.

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When you apply for the credential, if you are not an AICPA member, you’ll be prompted to include the appropriate type of membership.

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U.S. CPAs are only required to take the capstone CGMA exam but often take refresher courses to prepare.

Finance professionals in the Americas are required to take the CGMA Finance Leadership Program and case study exams.

2

You’ll have opportunities to purchase the educational materials and exam products for the pathway you selected.

3

Requirements include completing the professional development (if not a CPA), passing the exam(s) and achieving the experience.

4

When you apply for the credential, if you are not an AICPA member, you’ll be prompted to include the appropriate type of membership.

CGMA Competency Framework

The CGMA Competency Framework shows the range of technical, accounting and finance skills that management accountants need to do their jobs. However, finance professionals also need:

  • Business skills in order to understand and apply their technical skills in a business context

  • People skills to influence the decisions, actions and behaviors of the organization and business stakeholders through effective communication

  • Leadership skills at various levels to lead their peers and those whose work they oversee to deliver business objectives.

Benefits include

    CGMA

    CGMA Pathway for U.S. CPAs

    Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

    The CGMA® designation is the premier management accounting credential, and allows you to:

    • Become proficient in finance, operations, strategy and management
    • Fully understand how the differing parts of an organization come together
    • Demonstrate your ability to manage performance, offer critical thinking, provide objective views and look to the future
    • Join the ranks of over 230,000 like-minded individuals who either hold or are currently earning this renowned designation

    Requirements:

    • Become an AICPA member or maintain your existing AICPA membership in good standing
    • Have a minimum of 3 years of relevant, work-based, practical management accounting experience
    • Complete required CGMA program learning
    • Pass the CGMA strategic case study exam
    • Abide by the AICPA Bylaws and Code of Professional Conduct
    • After earning the CGMA designation, you are required to complete continuing professional development (CPD) to remain current with competencies

    • Signal your expertise to your employer and colleagues

    • Gain competence and confidence in your abilities
    • Make yourself stand out for project selection, promotions and new career opportunities CGMA Competency Framework

    The CGMA Competency Framework shows the range of technical, accounting and finance skills that management accountants need to do their jobs. However, finance professionals also need:

    • Business skills in order to understand and apply their technical skills in a business context
    • People skills to influence the decisions, actions and behaviors of the organization and business stakeholders through effective communication
    • Leadership skills at various levels to lead their peers and those whose work they oversee to deliver business objectives

    From $200 /yr

    Apply For CGMA Pathway for U.S. CPAs

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    CGMA Pathway for Individuals Who are Not U.S. CPAs

    Finance and accounting professionals in the Americas can earn the CGMA® designation by taking the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, passing the required case study exams and completing their practical experience requirement.

    Apply For CGMA Pathway for Individuals Who are Not U.S. CPAs

    Benefits of obtaining the CGMA® designation

    The CGMA® designation provides global recognition of your business acumen, ethics and commitment, and you’ll gain access to additional benefits.

    Digital badge

    Earn a digital badge to showcase on your online platforms.


    Digital badge

    Earn a digital badge to showcase on your online platforms.

    Membership and Credential Holder Directory

    You’ll be included in the online Member and Credential Holder Directory — the public’s No. 1 tool to search for credential holders.


    Membership and Credential Holder Directory

    You’ll be included in the online Member and Credential Holder Directory — the public’s No. 1 tool to search for credential holders.

    Future-ready thought leadership and resources

    Access expert insights and resources to help you develop skills for the future, including the Digital Mindset Pack and CGMA toolkit.


    Future-ready thought leadership and resources

    Access expert insights and resources to help you develop skills for the future, including the Digital Mindset Pack and CGMA toolkit.

    Webcasts

    Receive eight hours of complimentary CPE via webcasts, plus access to the webcast archive that covers a range of topics as you continue your professional development and qualify for CPD.


    Webcasts

    Receive eight hours of complimentary CPE via webcasts, plus access to the webcast archive that covers a range of topics as you continue your professional development and qualify for CPD.

    Discounts on CPE & events

    You’ll receive discounts on CPE, including AICPA & CIMA conferences, events and certificate programs.


    Discounts on CPE & events

    You’ll receive discounts on CPE, including AICPA & CIMA conferences, events and certificate programs.

    Networking

    You’ll have numerous opportunities to network with other credential holders, join specialized workgroups and apply for committees.


    Networking

    You’ll have numerous opportunities to network with other credential holders, join specialized workgroups and apply for committees.

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