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.