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Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is the highest level of certification in management accounting awarded by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), USA. The US CMA Course is a globally recognized, advanced-level credential appropriate for accountants, financial professionals in the business.
Be a future-ready accounting and finance professional with technology ready. Be a US CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or US CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Unlike various international professional qualifications which "substitute" university education and comprise multiple exams, US CPA/CMA "complement" your university education and can be achieved by clearing 2-4 exam parts in less than 9 months of time. We are covered in various locations like Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Chennai etc through our live and Webinar classes.
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Sripal Jain, CA, CPA USA, CGMA
Co-founder & Global Lead Instructor- Simandhar Education (Official Partner of Becker professional education and AICPA)
The acronym CMA stands for ‘Certified Management Accountant’. The CMA is one of the highest management accounting credentials in the world, administered by the IMA (Institute for Management Accountants). The CMA curriculum, which spans only two exams, employs some of the most advanced testing techniques to assess management accounting aspirants from all over the world to see if they are deserving of the designation CPA. Every year, thousands of aspirants take the US CMA exams in order to advance their careers as management accountants, finance analysts, and others.
Given the widespread need for management accountants, every other industry requires CMAs, a few of the major industries that absorb CMAs in India as well all over the world are
With diverse industry relations and corporate tie-ups, Simandhar Education provides placement assistance to all its US CMA learners.
Depending on the aspirant’s plan and study schedule, the US CMA certificate can be completed in a minimum of 6 months to 3 years. As per the guidelines of IMA, an aspirant must complete the exams within 3 years from the date of registration.
IMA conducts US CMA exams in three testing windows every year in India and all over the world. The testing windows are as below.
|Point of Difference||US CMA||Indian CMA|
|Regulatory body||Institute of Management Accountants||Institute of Cost Accountants of India|
|Course Duration||One Year||Three Years|
|Eligibility||Class 12 / UG||Class 12|
|Pass Criteria||Minimum of 360 marks out of 500||40% for individual papers and 50% aggregate|
|Course format||2 parts||3 levels (foundation, intermediate and final level)|
|Articleship||Not applicable||6 months|
|Focuses on||Management Accounting||Cost Controlling|
|Recognition||Globally recognised||Indian certification|
|Point of Difference||US CMA||CMA - India||CIMA - UK|
|ACADEMIC FOCUS||Management Accountancy||Cost Accountancy||Management Accountancy|
|BOARD||Institute for Management Accountants||Institute of Cost Accountants of India- ICAI (formerly ICWAI)||Chartered Institute of Management Accountants|
|DURATION||6 months||3 years||2-4 years|
|PAPERS||2 Papers||20 Papers||16 Papers|
|Levels of Toughness||Single level||3||5|
|COST TO PURSUE||INR 80 thousand||INR 1 lakh||INR 2.5-3 lakhs|
We don’t claim to make your life easier, but we promise to stay by your side throughout your journey of becoming an Accounting professional. We believe that with every mistake that you make, every failure that you face – you become stronger. And that is exactly why we encourage you to keep learning.
We invite you to become a US CPA or US CMA professional by clearing just two exams. From live sessions to recorded ones, from providing training with some of the top expert in the industry to providing placement assistance – we provide end-to-end service and solutions to help you excel in the field of Accounting & Finance.
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US CMA Course fee varies with the status of the aspirant, any aspirant not a pursuing student of any course is considered as a professional. Following are the different fees involved in this course.
|US CMA Course Fee||Student||Professional|
|IMA Membership Fee||$45||$260|
|Exam Fee (Part-1)||$345||$460|
|Total (Part-1 & 2)||$945||$1460|
The US CMA examination pattern consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) as well as essay-type questions. Part 1 and Part 2 are four-hour tests containing about 100 MCQs and two essay questions. Aspirants will be granted 3 hours to finish the MCQs and 1 hour to complete the essay-type questions.
The US CMA exams are graded for 500 points, and an aspirant must score a minimum of 360 to qualify for the exams. Both parts follow the same pattern.
Professionals with over two years of experience are eligible for the US CMA certificate and title.
However, if an aspirant applies for the US CMA title during his student membership and clears the CMA part exams while in graduation, the aspirant would be granted enough time to gain 2 years of relevant experience and earn the US CMA certificate.
Many of our clients have taken this route to clear the US CMA exams, giving them an edge in the job market after graduation. There would be very few graduates with professional certification in management accounting.
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Simandhar Education’s in house CMA exam review, taught by India’s best CPA & CMA instructors like Sripal Jain (CA, CGMA, US CPA), Surinder Kaur (CPA), Srikanth Tadikonda (CMA, CPA), Dhanashree Kshirsagar (CA, CPA), Heena Vithlani (CA, CPA, IFRS with ACCA), Karan Nathvani (CA, MBA-IIM Indore, CISA, CCSK) Amit Kumar Gupta (ACA, ACS, CMA) Sudha Murthy (CA) and Suraj Lakhotia (CA, CIMA). Simandhar has helped tons of CMA aspirants clear their CMA exams in India.
Simandhar CMA LMS coupled with Becker CMA review makes sure that you get all the nourishment required to tackle your CMA exams. The combination ensures that you leave no stone unturned. Along with the regular classes, Simandhar extends support to aspirants through revision classes that have been a hit among the Indian CMA fraternity for a long time.
Becker CMA review, along with Simandhar CMA, gives you everything required for a CMA aspirant to clear all four exams. Mock tests, revision tests, quizzes, counselling sessions, and personal mentoring by licensed CMAs ensure that you do not miss out on the details of anything.
While Becker and Simandhar both offer the comfort of re-watching all the online classes at your leisure, Simandhar organises live revision classes to make sure that you have everything in a nutshell. We do this to ensure that you do not rush at the eleventh hour, which is often the case with CMA aspirants. They’ve been a hit among the Indian US CMA fraternity.
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While Simandhar provides the comfort of attending online classes, live classes allow us to interact with our clients and solve their problems ourselves. Our interactive classes are equally spaced and span anywhere between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the schedule. We make sure you’re not overburdened with the classes and syllabus.
Simandhar's core tenet is customer centricity; everything we do is to delight you and make your CPA journey easier. We take care of everything, from scheduling classes as requested to supporting you through the nuts and bolts of paperwork required for CMA.
Co-Founder and Global Lead Instructor, Simandhar Education (Knowledge Partnered by Becker Professional Education)
Simandhar Education provides you with access to Live Interactive classes from anywhere in the world
Simandhar Education provides the facility to access recorded videos for students who seek to revisit the material taught.
Supports its students by placing them in Top F & A companies, Big 4, etc.
Simandhar Education provides support to its students in handling the criticalities of Exam Registrations
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Like we have Cost accountants in India, the US cost accountants are known as US CMA (Certified management accountants), the US CMA qualification is governed by IMA (Institute of Management accountants). Simandhar Education is the pioneer in US CMA Qualification and approved training partners of IMA, USA both in India as well as globally in alliance with Becker professional education, USA.
There are lot of US companies operating in India, for example- Accenture, Capgemini, Cognizant, World bank, D.E.Shaw, Genpact- majority of them hire US CMA for FP&A profile- Financial planning and analysis, US CMA enjoys global recognition, thus there is ever increasing demand for US Certified management accountants in India.
US CMA is typically composed of two parts, Part 1 and part 2. Compared to Indian qualifications, US CMA is easy to crack and pass percentage is also above 30-35% for US CMA, one need to have the passion to excel in planning and analysis section in order to be complete job ready in market.
US CMA Salary as per IMA survey come closer to $1,01,000 per annum in US, however in India the US CMAs are typically hired at 3,50,000 -6,00,000 INR per annum respectively, the overall compensation may increase over the period, at Simandhar education we placed one of our alumni at INR 11,50,000 however placing candidates above such package is very rare and depends on one skillset.
Chartered accountants are typically paid higher due to their attest functions and their reporting is primarily external, however CMA standalone also are hired at INR 6,00,000 per annum salary and we recommend that one select qualification based on one’s own interest and passion as CA deals majorly with Audit and Tax, CMA Deals with forecasting and planning.
CMA typically deals with business finance team and C majorly are hired in Corporate finance, CMAs popularly known as Cost management are primarily concerned on reporting to internal management, whereas CA report to external stakeholders. So ideally CMA and CA are very different in substance.
Yes, any student can do US CMA after clearing their 12th class exams, and while doing graduation as well. It is just a 6 to 8 months professional certification which is also globally recognized.
Once the student clears the CMA exams, they get an email confirming they have cleared both the papers, this email can be used to get a job. Once they get 2 years of experience, they can show that to IMA, and apply for the certificate.
ICWAI takes 3 years to be completed and the student has to write about 20 test papers. The US CMA has just 2 exam papers and can be completed within 1 year. Since US companies are everywhere, the scope of jobs is evergreen in this sphere.
Regular students going to college can apply for scholarships to IMA, requesting them to waive the paper fees for both the CMA exams. This request needs to go via the college through email to IMA. If the student gets a scholarship, he will pay only the IMA entrance fee and membership fee, the papers fees will be waived.
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CMA (Certified Management Accountant) certification has been the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals. The CMA is an advanced professional certification specifically designed to measure the critical accounting and financial management skills. This is especially relevant for success in a business environment.
The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), USA to enable mutual recognition and cooperation between the two institutes to develop the profession of Management Accountancy for the benefit of their members and students in the pursuit of excellence in education and training and continuing professional development in Management Accountancy. b. The MoU will enable recognition of the professional qualification of the respective Institutes. A member of ICWAI can get enrolled as a member of IMA USA and vice versa.
There are some general requirements that one needs to follow in order to be eligible for the CMA certification.
The CMA exam is available during the following schedule:
To have your choice of date, time and location it is best that you schedule your appointment at least four weeks in advance. Once you are registered, you must take the exam part during your assigned testing session and in case for whatever reason you are unable to give your exam within that particular period, you will have to pay another registration fees as appointments cannot be rescheduled.
With three testing windows every year you can sit for the exam at any time or place that is feasible for you. The CMA exam is basically a computer-based exam and is administered at hundreds of Prometric testing centres all over the world.
No, you can actually take these parts in any order. Most of the candidates choose to take the exam parts on separate days although you can even take both the parts together on the same day.
The minimum passing score for the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) Examination is 360 for both parts of the exam. The exam score range is 0-500.
The fees for the CMA certification includes credential review for educational and experience qualification, 6 months access to the CMA Exam Support package, final score report, & performance feedback reports for those who do not pass.
For Professional Members:
For Student/Academic Members:
No, it is not mandatory for you to hold an accounting background to pass the CMA exams, but yes it can be challenging while getting yourself acquainted with the finance and accounting terminologies if you do not have an accounting background. Depends on you.
The US CMA exam is completely computerized, and you can take this exam at many Prometric centres all over the world. It’s essential to schedule the exam dates in one of the testing windows. Choose which suits you.
|Testing Window||Exam Dates|
|Jan-Feb||1st January to 28th February|
|May-Jun||1st May to 30th June|
|Sep-Oct||1st September to 31st October|
Any part of the US CMA exam can be taken once in a testing window and retakes need a new registration along with fee payments.
The US CMA aspirants have three years to take both parts of the CMA exam. If you do not complete both the US CMA parts, you have to retake them.
Qualification only is an entry to job, it doesn’t guarantee growth, for growth you need to show your application of skills and then one could earn crores.
CMA USA is easier compared to other Indian qualifications like CA, CS, ICWAI, US CMA has two sections and takes relatively shorter duration to complete.
CMA is highly respected credential,however the toughness of CA is higher side and we would opine that CMA is easier than CA and also enjoy good success rate.
CMA course of US is composed of two sections- Part 1 and Part 2, it takes lesser than 12 months to complete and is 75% MCQ based and 25% essay.
CMA typically are hired at INR 5,00,000 - 6,50,000 per annum and tends to increase over period of time in India.
Both the courses - US CMA and Indian CMA enjoy good content, however following are the difference between US CMA and CMA india and the global recognition makes US CMA more appealing than Indian CMA.
Duration : Duration of CMA USA is 6-8 months, however CMA india goes to above 3-4 years on an average
Pass percentage : Pass percentage for CMA USA is 30-34%, whereas India CMA pass percentage is 2-3%
Course pattern : US CMA has only 2 parts, whereas CMA india has three levels and goes above 3-4 years
Recognition : US CMA is widely recognised, whereas Indian CMA is recognised in India, however Indian CMA has tied up with UK too but the scope is very limited
Work experience : US CMA has 1 year post qualification experience requirement, but CMA india require 6 months articleship
Simandhar Education is one of the leading Institute for US CMA in India and has been placing many US CMA candidates in India, The average salary of CMA USA In India is 5-6 lakhs per annum
Always trust your preparation provider like Simandhar education and Becker, wake up early and ensure you devote daily 3-4 hours for your preparation, the CMA USA Course is lesser in duration and thus take less time to complete, with proper planning and focus – you shall easily pass the exams in first attempt.
Yes, students can write US CMA exams in India and abroad as well.
Many US-based companies are hiring for US CMA roles too. The course deals with all aspects of financial strategy, budgeting, cost management, etc. The only thing missing would be taxation, so anyone who is not much into core accounting or tax can opt for US CMA.
Once the student clears the first paper, he gets 3 years to complete the last paper.
a. Academics – 2 Exam Papers & one Level
b. Duration – Shorter duration course, Indian certifications where pass percentage is less than 10%, in the case of US CMA pass percentage is about 50 % globally & will be 70% with the support by Simandhar Education.
Institute of Management Accountants is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. IMA offers its members exclusive access to the CMA program. We are committed to helping you to expand your professional skills, better manage your organization, and enhance your career.
a. There are two parts to the exam. Each part is 3
hours long for 100 multiple choice questions,
representing 75% of the exam score. The second
section is essay writing representing the remaining
25%. You will
be given 30 minutes for each of the two essays. The
total testing duration is 4 hours.
b. You must pass at least 50% of the first (i.e. multiple choice) section in order to advance to the essay questions. You can use any time remaining from the multiple-choice questions towards the essay portion.
c. The exam is held with three examination windows in a year namely Jan & Feb/May & June/ Sept & Oct.
d. What are the total marks & the minimum marks to pass? - The total marks per paper is 500, and minimum passing is 362 marks and minimum 75%.
Each CMA exam part consists of 100 multiple choice questions and has two 30-minute essay questions. You will first have 3 hours to complete the multiple-choice section and one hour to complete the essays. The essays will be shown to you after you have completed the multiple-choice section of the exam or after 3 hours, whichever comes first.
Once you complete and exit the multiple-choice section of the exam, you cannot go back. The essay section consists of 8-10 written response or calculation questions based on two scenarios, describing a typical business situation. You must answer at least 50% of the multiple-choice questions correctly to be eligible to take the essay section.
You can actually sit for as many testing windows do you need in your three-year period but an exam part can be taken only once in a window. All retakes require a new exam registration (not CMA entrance), along with payment of appropriate fees: $415 for professionals, $311 for Students/Academic members
Exams are administered through the worldwide network of Prometric Testing Centers and are available in accordance with local customs. There are many locations in India and throughout the U.S. and internationally. To locate a Testing Center and schedule exam appointments, visit https://www.prometric.com/test-takers/search/icma
Part 1 of the US CMA certification mainly covers Financial Planning, Performance, and Analytics.
The topics covered in CMA Part 1 are given below:
Part 2 of the US CMA certification mainly covers Strategic Financial Management.
The following six topics covered in CMA Part 2:
Simandhar Education has Live Interactive classes which one can access from anywhere in the world and Simandhar also provides the facility to access recorded videos for students who seek to revisit the material taught.
It’s as per the candidate’s wish, experience, and preparation level for each CMA exam part.