Laresa McIntyre, CMA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Certified Management Acountant

About the CMA

"The CMA designation is often required for CFOs, Controllers and Finance managers."
(source April 19, 2016)

The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation represents a broad business competency and mastery of the management-level skills required to add value, drive business performance, and build quality financial practices within organizations. The program objectively tests and validates expertise in areas essential to analyzing, managing and evaluating business solutions that contribute to the success of an organization. The CMA credential indicates a commitment to excellence based on a strong, ethical foundation and dedication to lifelong learning. Businesses around the world rely on CMAs for accounting, finance and information management and most importantly, for the strategic planning and business solutions provided by these qualified professionals. Companies such as 3M, Boeing, DaimlerChrysler, DuPont, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Milliken and Procter & Gamble recognize that employing CMAs helps to improve company performance in an aggressive global business arena.


Exam Content

In achieving your CMA credentials, you have mastered a comprehensive body of knowledge by demonstrating six key skill levels – knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation – in the following areas:
  • Business Analysis: Business economics, global business, internal controls, quantitative methods, financial statement analysis
  • Management Accounting and Reporting: Budget preparation, cost management, information management, performance measurement, external financial reporting
  • Strategic Management: Strategic planning, strategic marketing, corporate finance, decision analysis, investment decision analysis
  • Business Applications: All of the above topics, plus organization management, organization communication, behavioral issues, ethical considerations

A CMA Professional has:

  • Demonstrated substantial knowledge of accounting, finance, and important related fields, as well as the ability to integrate accounting and financial information into the business decision process.
  • Significant practical experience in management accounting and/or financial management.
  • Proven their ability to become a strategic business partner committed to a strict code of ethics and a standard of excellence through a lifelong commitment to learning through annual continuing professional education.
  • Confirmed broad business competency and mastery of management-level skills required to build quality business practices and add value to your organization by providing decision support, planning, and control over operations.
  • Joined an elite group of professionals inside organizations who are relied upon by businesses around the world not only for accounting, finance, and information management, but for the kind of strategic planning necessary to successfully position their organizations in the changing world of business.

(Most Information above provided by the Institute of Management Accountants)