Waiting for My CMA Results. What’s the Next Step?

night before the cma examSherif is our first blogger from Egypt. He shares his experience as a retaker who finally passed his Part 1 last June. Sherif took his Part 2 exam in February 2017.

After finishing my part 2 exam, I am now waiting for the results. I have been praying a lot for passing and earning the certification.

These days, I am completing the documents that IMA requested for the CMA certificate, that is, the college certificate and experience verification form. I am doing this now to safe time. Once the results are out, I can request the hard copy certificate in the shortest period of time.

Of course, I am also enjoying life with my family. Now without any studying pressure after work, I can spend more time with my little princess. She was always knocking my door for it to open. Now it’s her turn to take all my time 🙂

Moving on to the CPA Designation?

I decided to start learning more about the CPA designation. I think it fits me a lot after completing my CMA program. I started to browse for information on the internet and I found ipassthecpaexam.com, again very friendly website and full of all kinds of information.

I started to make connections with friends who are studying for the CPA exam, to help me about it. I even choose the book (Becker) because I like it more than the Wiley Book. I am just waiting to complete this challenge before starting my next one.

It’s more difficult than the CMA exam, but who said that dreams come true in easy way 🙂

Wish me luck.

Note from Stephanie

It’s wonderful to know you get back to your normal schedule after the exam. It is especially heartening to know you can spend time with your little daughter. She must be thrilled! Did she ask you why all the sudden you are able to show up again? 😉

It’s also great that you are looking into the CPA designation (and like the sister’s site). CPA is more versatile in a way because it also covers public accounting and audit. It is originally meant for public accountants but nowadays US / global companies prefer their senior finance management to have a CPA title.

The only thing is that the eligibility is among the strictest, and one should spend some time studying the education and experience requirements before making the jump. It’s not worth all the time and effort if one gets stuck in the middle of the process.

You can all learn about the application process for international candidates here.

About the Author Sherif Aryan

Hi, I'm Sherif from Egypt and Treasurer of IMA’s Western Province Chapter in KSA. With 10 years of Accounting and Finance experience, I passed part 1 & 2 CMA Exam and become Certified.

  • Sherif Aryan says:

    Thanks Steph, yes my daughter now always asking me are u taking vacation for long time 🙂 , About CPA really the requirment so difficult but with only collage hours 120 need more 30 credit hours but i think that (new hampshir and Montana is easier requirment and no need for SSN ) I wanna ask you Steph about the CMA credit hours will be refused by NASBA and what the easiet way for international candidate to reach the 30 hours?

    • Hello Sherif, in the US for example, it’s not hard to get the 30 hours because one can take random courses such as introduction to golfing in community colleges to get it done. It’s sort of silly but it’s the rule. You might want to ask around and see if there are institution in KSA to provide that. I would think so given there are testing centers there.

  • Mohammed says:


    Anybody can help me to full fill the education requirement for CMA.I passed part 1 and waiting for part 2 result.In the meantime, I would like to full fill other requirements of IMA.i completed my graduation in commerce discipline in the way back 2004.I contact the IMA but they said they will not accept any Fax or any Scan certificates, The university should directly send my transcription information to IMA detail. I want to know if anybody had full the education this requirement in recent past. So please let me know your process detail that I will follow.


    • Hello Mohammed, I understand that the IMA may accept notarized (something like a certified) copies if your school is not willing to arrange sending the transcript to the IMA directly. But faxed or scanned certificates are not acceptable to most professional exam administrators. Regards, Stephanie

  • Sherif Aryan says:

    Hi Mohammed

    Look u need to send them the experience form to this email (ccurtin@imanet.org)
    and download the form from the IMA website and fill it and send it and if they need something more they will tell you that’s all for me about, what they asking till now and they accept my scancopy of the form and i send email about if they need both the certificate and the experience form and they repaly they need only one of the 2 requirment and if they need more thing they will send me email about what they need.


    Sherif Aryan



  • Sita says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am a b.com graduate and have cleared my cma recently. I am planning to study further. Please advise me if i can do acca or any other course like cpa Or if can do some short certifications which can help me to get to d big 4’s

    • Big 4 for the most part appreciates employees that are CPAs. That said, it can be difficult for b.com graduates to become CPAs because a CPA needs a 5-year degree, and b.com graduates typically have only 3 years of coursework completed. If you’re very passionate about the CPA, I can advise you further on this. You’ll definitely need to be up for taking additional classes, and it could be as much as two-year’s worth. If you are still interested, email stephanie[at]ipassthecpaexam.com

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