This qualification is tailored to senior managers who have degrees or professional qualifications in all business fields (marketing, management, finance, banking, accounting etc.).

ICMA has recognised that there are senior managers who are not interested in becoming accountants.  As such it has introduced a new certified qualification; the Certified Global Business Analyst (CGBA)® for those interested in finance and business analysis, but not interested in continuing further to become CMAs.

To obtain the Certified Global Business Analyst (CGBA) professional qualification, participants undertake only the Strategic Business Analysis (SBA) module of the CMA preparatory program.  It is open for those who have a degree or professional qualification in any business discipline (both accounting and non-accounting). Non-business degree holders and professionals also are eligible if they have over 5-years of business experience.

A participant must have at least 5-years of senior business experience to enrol in program. The assessments done are the case studies within the Strategic Business Analysis course module, and an Assignment that must be submitted after the course is completed which costs A$55.

The fee for the CGBA certification is A$ 150 for three years use of the post-nominals CGBA. Please note that annual membership in the ICMA (at either the FCMA, CMA, AMA, GMA, RBA, RCA, CAT or MAA levels) must be maintained during this period. The Management Accounting Affiliate (MAA) membership of ICMA is an open membership for all individuals (accountants or not). If you are not a member of ICMA; then join at least as an MAA, by completing the membership application form.

Please ensure that you have your ICMA (Australia) membership number with you prior to filling the CGBA Certification application form. This number is in your membership certificate in one of the following two formats:




Download CGBA Certification application here.



  1. If a Non-Accounting Degree Holder is interested in becoming a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) he/she has to first undertake the 4-subject GMA Conversion Program (Financial Modelling, Management Accounting; Financial Management and Financial Statement Analysis) prior to attending the 2-Module CMA preparatory program.
  1. If an accounting degree holder or a holder of an accounting professional qualification (e.g. CA, CPA, CIMA, ACCA) or MBA obtains a CGBA; and then wishes to continue to get the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) qualification; he/she must also complete the first CMA Module; i.e. the Strategic Cost management (SCM) module; and sit for the assessments (Exams/Assignments) for both SCM and SBA modules.