Mutual Recognition Agreements with other professional organizations
CMA BC welcomes applications from internationally trained accountants. There are two main methods for you to gain access to the CMA accreditation pathways. First, there are Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) which are negotiated between CMA Canada and several accounting organizations around the world. These MRAs currently include CPA Australia, CIPFA UK, and CIMA UK. More information on these MRAs can be found under the links that follow below. New MRAs are regularly considered so please keep checking back on this page for updates.
Second, internationally trained students or accountants who are not part of a formal Mutual Recognition Agreement may be eligible for advanced standing in one of the CMA BC accreditation programs. Under advanced standing processes, applicants are required to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES), and to order both Comprehensive and Supplemental ICES Reports. The advanced standing process involves a review of courses taken and credit may be given on a course by course basis. Please see the Advanced Standing Guide for the required courses against which credit may be given. Courses may also be evaluated to determine prerequisites to the Accelerated Program. Please note that advanced standing does not remove the requirement to pass the CMA National Entrance Exam and to successfully complete the entire Strategic Leadership Program.
The Mutual Recognition Agreement between CMA Canada and CPA Australia strengthens an already excellent relationship between these two leading accounting organizations. The agreement offers a wealth of opportunities to members of both bodies, among them enhanced international professional recognition and mobility.
The landmark alliance identifies areas for mutually beneficial joint initiatives, including educational and professional development, as well as research and advocacy. The partnership highlights the increasingly global nature of the profession and the growing movement toward international knowledge-sharing and collaboration.
Members who work internationally or for multinational firms will find the benefits of the agreement especially valuable. The agreement details how members of CPA Australia and CMA Canada can gain reciprocal membership.
Inquiries from CMA Canada members should be directed to the Member Advisory & Information Services (MAIS) team. MAIS's contact details are listed below:
CPA Australia Members seeking to become a CMA may contact Winston Sim at 1.800.663.9646 ext. 7062 or 604.484.7062 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMA BC Membership Application for CPA Australia
CMA Canada has established a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Under this agreement, qualifying members of CIPFA can become Certified Management Accountants and vice versa.
Based in the United Kingdom, CIPFA has over 15,000 members and is the only accounting body in UK that specializes in public service.
For IPFAs wanting to become CMAs
For CMAs who want to become IPFAs (Members of CIPFA)
CMA Membership Application Form for CIPFAs
Click here for general information about CIPFA.
CMA Canada has established a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Chartered Institute of Management
Accountants of the United Kingdom (CIMA). Under this agreement, qualifying members of CIMA can become
Certified Management Accountants and vice versa.
For CMAs who want to become ACMAs (CIMA Members)
CMA Membership Application Form for CIMA Members.
Click here for general information about CIMA.
Professional Advanced Standing is approved for members of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) or a state association of CPA who have acquired their CPA designation through the AICPA and state boards of accountancy qualification process. Such individuals will be granted a full exemption from the CMA National Entrance Examination but will be required to complete the Strategic Leadership Program, including the Case Examination and the Board Report, to obtain their CMA designation. Please note that a university degree is generally required for enrollment into the Strategic Leadership Program.
Professional Advanced Standing is approved for members of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) who have completed Advanced Performance Management as one of their options. Such individuals will be granted an exemption from the CMA National Entrance Examination but will be required to complete the Strategic Leadership Program including the Case Examination and Board Report, in order to be granted their CMA designation. Please note that a university degree is generally required for enrollment into the Strategic Leadership Program.
For more information about the Strategic Leadership Program, please contact Winston Sim by telephone at
604-484-7062 or by email at email@example.com.
Resources for New Canadians
CMA BC has partnered with Welcome BC to provide an Occupational Guide for Immigrants to BC on becoming a Certified Management Accountant.