Membership of ICMA is awarded based on multiple criteria at the sole discretion of the membership committee of ICMA. For more details please see link.
Certified Management Accountant (CMA) grade membership is usually awarded after candidates follow the 2-subject ‘CMA certification program’ with a required attendance record, and successfully complete all examinations and other assessments required. In such cases, a Membership Certificate AND a transcript showing the assessments grades obtained in the subjects is issued to the candidate by ICMA.
If you are a qualified accountant and have over 20-years relevant experience you be exempted from having to sit for exams (under ICMA’s 20-year rule). However, you still have to attend and follow the CMA course and do the assessments within it when it runs, even though you then do not have to sit the exams. Those having between 10-20 relevant experience have a choice of sitting the 2-paper exams OR writing a 2,000-word assignment. They too have to attend and follow the CMA course and do the assessments within it when it runs.
Assignments must be submitted within 3-months of attending the CMA course. Those with less than 10 years of relevant experience must successfully complete exams to complete the education requirements for the CMA. There is a one-month study period after attending the course before participants are allowed to submit assignments or sit for exams. Deferment of the assessment is permitted up to a maximum of 2-years from completing the CMA Course, if the student has been prevented from completing an assessment through illness or exceptional circumstances.
In special circumstances CMA membership is granted to senior executives and or academics without any assessments. In such cases, ONLY a Membership Certificate is issued.
Sometimes, those who have obtained CMA membership (without assessments) request a transcript for purposes of further studies or due to a request from their employers. In such cases they would need to undertake the 2-subject ‘CMA certification program’ and successfully complete all assessments. In such cases, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be directed to where best to do the CMA program.