Education Entry Requirements

The following are the entry requirements for enrolling in the various education programs of the ICMA.

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA Program)
    Degree in Accounting, Commerce or Finance, or an MBA*, from a recognised university (see FAQ) or Professional Qualification in Accounting. (NOTE: CMA membership requires the successful completion of the CMA Program (2 post-graduate level subjects) and 5 years business experience).
  • Graduate Management Accountant (GMA Conversion Program)
    Non- Accounting Degree from a recognised university (see FAQ) or Non-Accounting Professional Qualification (NOTE: AMA membership requires the successful completion of the GMA Conversion program (4-subjects of Stage Four of the GMA Program) and 3-5 years business experience; and GMA membership requires the successful completion of the GMA Conversion Program and less than 3 years business experience).
  • Graduate Management Accountant (GMA Program)
    Degree in Accounting, Commerce or Finance, or an MBA*, from a recognised university (see FAQ) or Professional Qualification in Accounting or completion of the Graduate program. (NOTE: AMA membership requires the successful completion of the GMA education requirements and 3-5 years business experience; and GMA membership requires the successful completion of the GMA education requirements and less than 3 years business experience).
  • Registered Business Accountant (RBA Program)
    Degree (Bachelors) in any discipline other than Accounting from a recognised University, or an Advanced Diploma in Accounting from a recognised Technical College (TAFE) or 3 Stages of a Professional Qualification in Accounting or completion of Stages 1,2 & 3 of the ICMA’s Graduate program. (NOTE: RBA membership requires the successful completion of the RBA education requirements. There are no experience requirements).
  • Registered Cost Accountant (RCA Program)
    Diploma in Accounting from a recognised Technical College (TAFE) or 2 Stages of a Professional Qualification in Accounting or completion of Stages 1 & 2 of the ICMA’s Graduate program. (NOTE: RCA membership requires the successful completion of the RCA education requirements. There is are experience requirements).
  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT Program)
    Certificate in Accounting from a recognised Technical College (TAFE) or Stage 1 of a Professional Qualification in Accounting or completion of Stage 1 of the ICMA’s Graduate program. (NOTE: CAT membership requires the successful completion of the CAT education requirements. There is are no experience requirements).
  • Management Accounting Affiliate
    Open Entry for those interested in the field of Management Accountancy. There are no education or experience requirements.

* The MBA degree must be from an accredited or government recognised University AND the degree holder had been admitted to the MBA program after completing an undergraduate degree in any discipline or had an equivalent recognised professional  qualification AND had done the subjects Financial Management and Management Accounting (or equivalent) as part of their MBA degree program. Those who were admitted to their MBA program based on experience only, will need to submit their CV to ICMA to evaluate if they can be admitted to the CMA program. Those not having taken the Financial Management and Management Accounting subjects in their MBA degree can undertake these at any university, or other recognised professional accounting body, or by undertaking these within ICMA’s own GMA Conversion Program which can be done at a Recognised Provider Institution or Online.