Advance your accounting career with the CGMA designation

Published by Afterschool.my on Dec 09, 2022, 10:59 am

Management accounting goes way beyond Excel spreadsheets and number-crunching. Management accountants analyse data to advise business leaders on growth opportunities and sustainable business operations.

Accounting and finance professionals who hold the Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®) designation — a globally recognised distinction — serve as trusted advisers on business operations, management and strategy. Organisations, firms, businesses and industries seek such accountancy expertise to guide strategic decision-making for optimal business performance.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® (CIMA®) and the American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA®) — known as AICPA & CIMA — collaborated with prominent finance professionals to design the CGMA syllabus to guide ambitious and ethical accountants to the CGMA designation. 

Earning the CGMA designation through AICPA & CIMA facilitates your ability to step into a variety of professional roles and projects with proficiency to turn business challenges into opportunities.  

Online, on-demand and all-inclusive

Guiding your development in technical, business, digital, people and leadership skills, the CGMA Finance Leadership Program (FLP) allows you to attain a world-renowned CGMA designation in the shortest amount of time. 

As the most direct route through the CGMA syllabus, the CGMA FLP ensures that you cultivate the skills that leading organisations seek. The CGMA Finance Leadership Program incorporates the CGMA Competency Framework — a robust model based on extensive research from employers worldwide.

‘In this era of digitalisation, accountants are not just looking at numbers … they must be well-rounded. The CGMA Finance Leadership Program fulfils this requirement, as the programme emphasises a range of perspectives, such as people, leadership skills, knowledge of the latest technologies, data and digital platforms’, noted Sonia Johanthan, head of department, Department of Commerce and Accountancy, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

In the CGMA FLP, learning materials, exam preparation courses and assessments are online and on-demand, so you can learn when you like and at your pace. Assessments are blended into the curriculum to ensure you understand the concepts before advancing to other topics.

‘I greatly enjoy the flexibility of the programme … it provides me the opportunity to learn professional competencies while I am studying for my degree at university. This challenging program really helps me to cultivate my professional skills’, said Qing Quan Chen, CGMA candidate.

The pathway to the designation through the CGMA Finance Leadership Program is an all-inclusive subscription package, so you need no supplemental materials. You can purchase a one-, two- or three-year subscription that includes:

  • Registration fee, membership fees as a CGMA candidate and case study exam fees
  • All learning materials
  • All assessment materials
  • Interactive exercises
  • Business simulation assignments
  • Instructional videos about how to approach your case study exam 
  • Video analysis of the pre-seen materials for your case study exam
  • Mock case study exams to practise and receive personalised feedback on your performance

Three levels in the CGMA syllabus — Operational, Management and Strategic — can be completed in 1–3 years, depending on your entry level and your pace.

Whilst there are three case study exams, there are no objective tests. You can take the case study exams from home or at the nearest available test centre. Pearson VUE, our exam delivery partner, offers more than 5,100 testing centres worldwide. 

Achieve your dream of becoming a management accountant

Many CGMA candidates juggle personal and professional responsibilities, and you will begin your journey to the CGMA designation at the most appropriate entry point:

If you have a...... you will start at the  
Bachelor's degree in accounting or financeManagement level 
Bachelor's degree or higher in business Operational level 
Professional accounting designation Strategic level

Studying with AICPA & CIMA means you are supported every step of the way. 

You’ll receive professional guidance from accounting and finance experts. You’ll be connected to a community of peers. And you’ll have access to our Global Career Hub

The CGMA designation demonstrates to current and prospective employers that you are an outstanding accounting professional with the skills and competencies needed to drive long-term business success. 

Enrol in the CGMA Finance Leadership Program, and convey to the world that you are boldly taking steps to achieve the prestigious distinction.

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