CMA Exam 2024: Exam Date, Online Registration, Eligibility, Full form

CMA Exam 2024: CMA stands for Certified Management Accountant which is an advanced professional certification. This designation came into being in 1972 and the certification measures the accounting and financial management skills of an individual that can run an effective business. Anyone who wants to pursue a career in management account should go for this certification. Also, this course is suitable for professionals of commerce, accounting, and finance at any level. Not only this, the global pass rate of 50%.

Unlike other competitive exams, the CMA exam is conducted several times a year. Thus, the interested individuals can register for it according to their convenience. However, to apply for the CMA exam, the aspirant must possess an undergraduate degree.

Read further to know other eligibility criteria, registration process, examination dates, etc. about CMA exam 2024:

CMA Exam 2024 Highlights

Credential Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Conducting Board IMA, Institute of Management Accountants
No. of Parts in the Exams 2 parts (CMA I, CMA II)
Exam Time Duration 4 hours per exam
Total Time to Complete Both the Exam Parts 3 years
Recommended Study Hours/Part  150-170 hours of study
Salary Range 55% on a global scale, 70% for CMA between the ages of 20-29
CMA Exam Windows Jan/Feb or May/June or Sept/Oct, every year

CMA Credentials

There are three CMA credentials available which are differentiated based on the country where the exam is being held. It includes CMA-US, CMA-India, CIMA-UK, and all their details are summarized in the table given below:

Credential issued by IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), US ICAI(The Institute of Cost Accountants of India), India CIMA(Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), UK
Course Duration 6 months 3-4 Years 2-4 Years
Approximate Cost (Training + Examination) INR 120k – 150k 100k 200k
Academics 2 papers, single-level exams 20 papers, 3 levels of examination 16 papers, 5 levels of examinations
Recognition Globally Recognized India The UK and other Soviet Nations

CMA Exam Dates 2024

Every year, the CMA exam is conducted several times, for which three exam windows are available as of January/February or May/June, or September/October. It totally depends on the country certification, duration of the course in which the aspirant applies, etc. The CMA examination date for the year 2024 will be soon released by the AIMA.

The exam date for CMA 2024 in the exam windows available this year will be presented to you as soon as announced officially.

Testing Windows Dates Last Date to Register
September/October 2024 To be announced To be announced
January/February 2024 To be announced To be announced
May/June 2024 To be announced To be announced

CMA 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The CMA exam is conducted in three different stages, namely CMA Foundation, CMA Inter, and CMA Final. Only after completion of all three stages, the candidate is presented a CMA credential. However, there are certain eligibility criteria for CMA aspirants to appear in the examination which are given below.

  • The candidate appearing in the CMA Foundation Exam must have cleared 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized educational institute.
  • For the CMA Inter level exam,  the candidate is required to have qualified at the Foundation level.
  • Similarly, only the candidate who has cleared the CMA Inter level exam can appear in CMA Final. Also, the CMA Final aspirants must have gained practical work experience.

Moreover, the eligibility requirements for CMA Exam are different in all three conducting countries. So, the CMA-US, UMA-UK, and CMA India will have a different set of eligibility criteria for their aspirants. Therefore, the candidates must meet all the eligibility criteria as set by the board for the CMA exam.

The eligibility criteria including the educational qualification and other requirements for CMA Exams are given:

Educational Qualification:

  • The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree before appearing in the CMA exam.
  • However, there is also an opportunity for those candidates who do not have the degree but want to apply for the CMA exam. Such students can take up the exam with the condition of acquiring the degree with seven years of appearing in the CMA exam.

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

  • Besides these educational qualifications, the candidates must have an active membership of IMA.
  • Also, the candidate has to obey IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI)

  • There is an active Mutual Recognition Agreement between IMA and ICAI.
  • Hence, the members of ICAI, upon paying the annual membership fees of the IMA and the CMA registration fees, can waive off the CMA Exams.
  • Also, the CMAs who want to be a member of ICAI can be its part and can also waive off the ICAI Exams.
  • Besides this, only the candidate clearing both the parts of the CMA exams is considered qualified.

Required Experience

  • The candidate is required to have two continuous years of experience in the field of management accounting and/or financial management.
  • However, if a candidate doesn’t have it at the moment, then it can also be gained within 7 years after clearing the exams.
  • Besides, a continuous part-time experience of 20+hours a week is also required.

How to Register for CMA Exam 2024

The aspirants for the CMA exam in 2024 can register for it from the official website of the CMA. The candidate must register earlier in order to avoid any problems during the process of CMA registration. However, the deadline for the registration is kept at least 72 hours before the date of the exam.

Use the following guide to get registered for the CMA Exam:

  • Visit the official website of IMA to apply for the membership.
  • Thereafter, pay the annual membership fee for choice of category among  Professional, Academic, or Student.
  • Once the membership has been taken, the candidate can register for the exam from the official webpage and pay the entrance fee.
  • Later, the candidate gets three years to complete both parts of the CMA exam.
  • After successful registration, candidates will receive a confirmation mail where details like authorization number(s)testing window(s), and a list of instructions are included.
  • Now, the registered candidate can access the Prometric portal and reserve a slot for the exam which suits the best to him/her.
  • You can directly visit the Prometric portal using the link:

Note: The authorization number is valid for the testing window only which is selected by the aspirant. Hence, make sure to pay the examination fee based on the slot in which you can appear for the exam.

CMA 2024 Examination Fee

The examination fee of CMA Exam 2024 is different for all the categories, i.e. Academics, Professionals, and Students as given below:

For Professionals

  • Professionals have to pay 245 USD for IMA membership. While CMA Entrance Fee for them is 250 USD. Also, keep in mind that the entrance fee is non-refundable in nature.
  • The examination fee is 415 USD per part and the rescheduling fee for the exam is kept at 50 USD*.

For Academics

  • IMA Membership Fee: 135 USD
  • CMA Entrance Fee: 188 USD (Non-Refundable)
  • Examination Fee: 311 USD per part
  • Rescheduling Fee: 50 USD*


  • IMA Membership Fee: 39 USD
  • CMA Entrance Fee: 188 USD (Non-Refundable)
  • Examination Fee: 311 USD per part
  • Rescheduling Fee: 50 USD*

Note: The rescheduling of the exam is only possible 30 days if applied before the exam, that too, more than 30 days before the exam date. Also, the re-scheduling is applicable for the two months testing window that the candidate has opted for.

CMA Exam 2024 Results

Once the CMA exam is conducted successfully, the results will be announced on the official website. Thereafter, candidates can check and download the results online. For this, the candidate has to log in entering the registration number and the password.

The results will be displayed here as well once updated on the website. Hence, keep visiting the official website and stay updated.

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