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Is this exam available in my country? What’s the best way to find the CMA exam locations?”

This is one of the most commonly asked questions I got from aspiring CMAs — and I agree this is very valid.

If the exam is available in your own country, then you can avoid the hassle of getting a visa and save a lot on travel and accommodation, let alone the inconvenience such as jet lag and extra anxiety in a foreign country.

CMA Exam Locations: The Good News

Unlike the CPA exam, CMA exam is available in many parts of the world. IMA is proud to have members from 120 countries with 300 local chapters around the world.

You can easily check the location with the exact address, google map and direction from the prometric center website. Scheduling is also done here once you apply for the exam.

Check the Closest CMA Exam Centers Here

Tips for Locating the Best CMA Exam Center for You

Let’s say you are from Toronto, Canada and you would like to check the location before applying for CMA exam.

If you type in “Canada”, it will only show you one location (in Saskatoon!) but if you type in “Toronto”, it will show you the two centers available in town as well as the three in surrounding area.

In other words, it is better to narrow down your searches by city name or zip code, versus the name of your country.

Here is a quick screen capture video showing how I locate the São Paulo testing center for Ailton, who asked for my help in the comment section:

If you have difficulty using the tool, simply drop a note below in the comment section, and I can copy and paste the exact address for you.

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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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  • alethea says:

    am in namibia where do i take the CMA .exam

  • I am interesting to study CMA. Please provide me more information

    Sincerely,

    Muhammad Sajedul Islam

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Muhammad, this site is only providing information on the CMA exam. You will need to go to the official IMA website to apply for membership first, then you can pay the exam fee whenever you are ready: http://www.imanet.org/

  • vali says:

    I m in the final year of bachelor degree in accounting in Ireland . My question is can I enroll myself in the CMA program before I graduate or do I need to wait till I graduate , also if my work experience gained till now was as self-employed in import-export buisness will count towards my experience for the CMA program. Regards Vali

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Vali,
      Yes you can take the CMA exam before graduation with no problem. The self-employed situation is more tricky though… I doubt if it can be recognized because it doesn’t sound like a accounting or finance related work, but you can check directly with IMA. Regards, Stephanie

  • Tasdeeq ahmad says:

    I am tasdeeq ahmad i have completed m.com(pg) from india and want to cma.can i do it here? Please guide me

  • Saifk says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I took this exam sometime back and I thought it was one of the easiest exams I have ever taken. I have never taken the CPA exams so I cannot compare to those, but I studied about 100 hours for part 1 and about 60 for part 2 and made it through very easily.
    I think the most important aspect I found was being to APPLY knowledge rather than just vomit out concepts. The second most important thing to me was that anyone going in with less than perfect English will be heavily handicapped. The questions are tricky enough for native English speakers (I am not one), anyone who is struggling with basic English should focus on getting that up to par before attempting the exam. Just my 2 cents

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Saifk, thanks for your sharing. I agree that in terms of the scope, the CMA covers less than the CPA exam. But the questions are longer and more “narrative”, so you are exactly right that if the candidates have trouble comprehending long and complicated English paragraphs it is much tougher. But lots of international candidates are taking this exam so it is doable. Stephanie

      • Saifk says:

        Hi Stephanie,
        I agree it is doable for international candidates. I am one myself. CMA would not have members in over 100 non English speaking countries if it were impossible to pass. However I have seen some of the comments posted on the CMA facebook and twitter pages and many that were addressed to me directly, and I was surprised that many people who who were not forming a single coherent English sentence were attempting the exam. I also think that this aspect is not emphasized enough. This I believe accounts for 90% of the difference in the pass percentages in North America and the Middle East. CMA should have an online English quiz, Like ACCA`s math and English test online, to plainly tell which candidates need to first work at getting their language skills up to par.

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          That’s a very good point Saifk. I also think the command of English has a lot to do with the lower pass rates in non-English speaking region. It’s hard to practice writing in English if there is no need to do that in the home country, but candidates can at least work on comprehension. This can be easily done by reading reputable publications such as Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

  • manuel says:

    hi stephanie,
    im currently pursuing my bachelors in business management from india,can i complete my two years of work experience requirement after graduating?

  • Kamal says:

    Hi, I’m Kamal actual I’m looking to improve my experience to take this CMM in Saudi as I have Bachelor degree in economics,

    my question here can I apply & study the CMA or I cannot?

    Br,
    KAMAL

  • Salauddin says:

    I am from Bangladesh and willing to accomplish the CMA usa. So please details advise me how could i complete the course perfectly from my country.

    Regard
    Salauddin.

  • Francis Sejohn says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Would like to know whether there is any prometric test centre in Uganda.

    Regards,
    Francis

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Francis,
      I checked using the prometric center link above, and I found this location. Hope it is close to where you live:
      Future Technologies Ltd, 4th Floor, Room 409
      Ganesh Plaza
      Kampala

      • Anthony Osuji says:

        Good day Stephanie.

        Please is there any prometric centre in Nigeria. Just in case there is none. How about any West African country.

        Anthony.

  • Ailton Santos says:

    Hi, I am from São Paulo, Brazil and I would like to know if there are some places to make CMA test here.
    Thanks in advance.

    Ailton Santos

  • ALI says:

    HY,

    I am Ali. i leave in Lubumbashi-R.D.CONGO. i want to joing CMA so what should i do is there test center in city or where in congo and how should i paid my fees ?

    thanks

    ALI

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ali, if you like on the link in bold above, you can access to Prometric center’s database and from there you can search for a test center near you by typing in the name of your city. Please let me know if it works. Regards, Stephanie

      • ALI says:

        Hy Stephanie,

        in country location CONGO is not available is it means that it is not exit or what? If so than what should do?

        Please help me,

        Regards,
        ALI

  • parmesh says:

    hey,
    i live in india and i had done my graduation and now i want to do cma(usa)
    1. can i do it from here in india?
    2.will i get a job in USA?
    3.can i take experience from usa write after clearing the exams?
    please help me?

    thanks in advance.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Parmesh,
      Thanks for your note. On your questions:
      1. Yes. More info here on which cities you can sit for the CMA exam:
      2. I can’t say it is directly related to the CMA certification. I wouldn’t want to count on getting a job with CMA alone. Previous experience, your own networking, skills in drafting a good resume and good interview skills also very important.
      3. The CMA program won’t provide an internship after passing the exam. You can certainly get one on your own. In any case experience from around the world can be counted as long as it is relevant and is verified by your supervisor.

      • parmesh says:

        1.i wanted to do job in usa or canada which course do you recommend to do by which i could get job.
        2.I have cleared my 3years graduation and also cleared the entrance exam of CA(ICAI) of india.
        3. MBA is better than CMA?

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi Parmesh,
          In terms of getting a job in the US, I think it is best to arrange an internal transfer from an existing company in your home country. Otherwise, getting a degree in the US, especially from a good university, will help because you can join on-campus interviews and benefit from the guidance from their career centers. Online MBAs and those very commercial schools that churn out “diploma mills” won’t help though.

          For CMA, it is something that big US companies consider but I can’t say it directly helps you get a job. It may put you in higher priority (esp if your interviewer is a CMA) but will never guarantee a job. Hope this helps?

          This post may be useful as well:
          https://ipassthecmaexam.com/mba-or-cma/

          Stephanie

  • k karuna says:

    Dear Stephine,

    I am working as a Head cashier for Amway India Enterprises through Vaishnavi Associates.Is it will be consider for my work experience?

    With regards,

    Karuna

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Dear Karuna,
      Thanks for your note. It is hard for me to know exactly the nature by the job title alone, but if your work involves some financial management and analysis, it should be fine. You can write up for get a job description from the HR department, email to IMA and see if they think it’s ok. They are very customer-friendly and will usually tell you before you attempt for the exam. IMA’s email is ima@imanet.org.

      Regards, Stephanie

  • nasir1985 says:

    Hello,
    I am working in corporate planning division, would it be counted as required job experience?

    Thank you.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Nasir, it depends on what role you are in within corporate planning. If it involves some accounting, and/or financial analysis or management, it should be fine. It is best to ask IMA in advance so you are sure to be ok. They are pretty helpful. They can be reached at ima@imanet.org. Good luck!

  • Sameer says:

    I registered at IMA before a few days. I want to plan to take my exam in June 2015. Please can you tell me how I can know the exact dates of the exam without actually registering or I mean committing for the xam . Is there a calendar or something showing the dates. I am in Kuwait. Waiting for your reply

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Yes, if you click on the Prometric link above, it shows you the test centers and once you pick one, there is a calendar showing currently availability. Please note that Fridays and (if applicable at your center) Saturdays get full very quickly so what’s showing available now doesn’t mean it will be still there next week. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Zarafshan Iqbal says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’m from India. Although there are many test centres available in India for taking the CMA test, can I still choose to take up the exam in US?

    Regards,
    Zara.

  • shibin gafoor says:

    Hi stephanie,
    Iam from INDIA,
    Could I aquire Indian CMA, if we attempt the test outside the country? 🙂

  • abhi says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I hold a pgdm in finance from an Indian institute and do have some working experience in accounting.
    I would like to know approx how many hours of study would i need to put in to clear the exams in the 1st attempt ? I have a one year old son , thus I would like to be comfortable regarding the commitment before I pay for the course.
    Thanks

  • prashant malani says:

    i am in congo..please provide the detail of exam center

  • srinu says:

    Hi this is srinu
    I written to exam in next testing window(sep~oct) I choose write to exams in dubai. which testing center best for me?

  • S.Mujtaba says:

    Hi I m Mujtaba, i m living in Afghanistan ,i m in final year of BBA ,i want to start CMA but here in Afghanistan no Exam center,but Afghan student sit for their exam in UAE but is so far.Can we sit for Exam in Pakistan cities Lahore or Karachi if register as candidate in Pakistan.please advise us

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mujtaba, you should be able to take the exam in Pakistan without registering as a candidate there. For CMA exam, candidates can take exams anywhere and they can schedule online at the prometric website accordingly. This is at least the general rule — not sure if there is certain additional restriction in your area… but you can give it a try first, or email ima@imanet.org directly for any questions and concerns. Good luck!

  • Harinder says:

    Hi my name is harinder(India). I m graduate with B.com and planning to do Pg in M.com. Plz guide me if after finishing m.com am I still qualify for CMA or need work experience.

  • Asharaf Veluthedath says:

    I recently registered for cma (us) through miles education at India, could you send me the examination centers in Dammam area at Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • Deeksha vaish says:

    I m interested in doing cma …is there any centre in india near haryana?

  • vijayant jain says:

    I have given my part 2 exam from Nepal and the other part I am thinking to give in Canada since I will be travelling there during the month. If yes, what will be the impact on my CMA certification. It will be awarded from CMA Nepal or cma Canada centre because I am planning to move to Canada in next few months and want to do job in Canada.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Vijayant,
      Thanks for your note. It doesn’t matter because the certification will be granted by the IMA regardless where you take the exam. It is a global organization (headquartered in the US). There are IMA chapters in Nepal and Canada but they are more like networking associations under IMA. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Safura says:

    Hi. I live in Baku, Azerbaijan. Would you, please, tell me the closest test centers.

  • Anantha Padmanabha says:

    Is there a centre in Srilanka? When can i take the exam if i enroll today?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Anantha,
      Please go to the link above and check if there is a prometric center.

      Nov and Dec are blackout periods meaning there are no exams running at this time. The earliest you can take the exam is Jan 1, 2018. I suggest that you register at least one month before the exam date because the prometric center may run out of space. Hope it helps! Stephanie

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