Many candidates would like to know if they can get exemptions in other professional qualifications if they become a Certified Management Accountant.
We understand that you won’t get any for the US CPA, but there are some waivers for ACCA members.
The ACCA IMA Partnership
In June 2012 ACCA and IMA jointly announced a strategic partnership. I see this as a counter-action of the recent AICPA-ICMA alliance but in any case it is good news for CMA and ACCA candidates.
January 2013 Update
ACCA members now can have their bachelor’s degree requirement waived when they seek the CMA certification. In other words, ACCA members are automatically qualified to take the part 1 and part 2 of the exam. They still need to fulfill the rest of the requirement e.g. the 2 years of relevant working experience to get the CMA title.
For full details of this IMA-ACCA alliance, please refer to this press release.
June 2013 Update
Further and more tangible collaboration was announced on the first anniversary of ACCA IMA partnership, but IMA/ACCA decided not to proceed this plan (See below under August Update). The original press release was deleted. Here is a summary of the scraped plan:
1. ACCA Members Going For CMA
- ACCA members who complete P4 (Advanced Financial Management) and P5 (Advanced Performance Management): full recognition i.e. can apply for CMA certification now
- Other ACCA members:
- Part 2 of CMA exam waived
- Need to pass (i) P4 and/or P5, (ii) Part 1 of CMA exam to get the CMA certification
- Applicable to ACCA members only
2. IMA Members Going For ACCA
- Complete the ACCA’s essential papers: P1 (Governance, Risk and Ethics), P2 (Corporate Reporting), and P3 (Business Analysis)
- Complete the Professional Ethics module
- Complete a minimum of one year (12 months) ACCA Practical Experience Requirements, plus all Essential Performance Objectives
August 2013 Update
On August 13, 2013, IMA and ACCA announced that they are no longer proceeding with the MRA signed in June 2013 because they see the risk of people taking a “fast-route” for getting qualifications for the sake of it, instead of a benefit for existing members. For details refer to this announcement here.
This doesn’t mean the ACCA IMA partnership has ended: the exemptions granted in the January 2013 agreement is still valid, i.e. ACCA members who do not have bachelor degrees can get qualified to take the CMA exam.
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