IMA Launches Certification Focused on Foundational Financial and Managerial Accounting Knowledge

The FMAA certification will open new pathways for early career professionals while helping to strengthen and expand the profession's talent pipeline.

IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals in business, today announced the launch of a new foundational certification in the accounting and finance profession. The FMAA™ (Financial and Managerial Accounting Associate) instills the fundamental knowledge and competencies in accounting and finance, allowing professionals early in their careers to showcase their expertise to employers and build a foundation to expand their skills.

“The FMAA provides a flexible and practical path for individuals who want to prove their ability to speak the language of business with current and future employers,” said Mike DePrisco, president and CEO of IMA. “As knowledge of accounting fundamentals becomes more critical for businesses and coupled with the shortage of professionals pursuing accounting and finance careers, the FMAA minimizes traditional barriers to entry and opens opportunities to others from across other professions and industries.”

Emphasizing the FMAA’s foundational role in the region, Josh Heniro, Ph.D., Managing Director at IMA Asia Pacific, said, “The FMAA represents a pivotal starting point in the accounting and finance profession in Asia Pacific, catering not only to those embarking on their careers but also to those in mid-career transitions seeking a foundational understanding. This certification imparts essential skills and concepts, making it a valuable tool for professionals at different points in their careers. Beyond these foundational aspects, the FMAA also establishes a framework for ongoing growth and professional development through continuous education.”

Those who acquire the FMAA will build knowledge in five content domains: general accounting and financial management, financial statement preparation and analysis, planning and budgeting, cost management and performance metrics, and professional ethics. The two-hour exam includes 80 multiple choice questions. The FMAA has no prerequisites to pursue the certification.

“The FMAA is an innovative opportunity for professionals to acquire essential accounting and finance skills for everyday use in the workplace,” said Ella Suponitskiy, CMA (U.S.), CPA, CAE, vice president, certification, at IMA. “With its accessibility to all business professionals, regardless of educational background, the FMAA is the perfect entry point into the accounting and finance profession. The FMAA allows individuals to start their careers with impact as certified professionals.”

Registration for the FMAA will open in January 2024 for the initial testing windows of March 2024 in English and May 2024 in Chinese. Exams will take place globally at Prometric testing centers.

For more information about the FMAA, visit https://www.imanet.org/FMAA-Campaign.

About IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)

IMA is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the U.S. CMA® (Certified Management Accountant), CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis), and FMAA™ (Financial and Managerial Accounting Associate) certification programs, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. Twice named Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, IMA has a global network of about 140,000 members in 150 countries and 350 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its six global regions: The Americas, China, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, India, and Asia Pacific. For more information about IMA, please visit www.imanet.org.

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