Connecting to the IMA around the world

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No matter where you are in the world, if you work in finance or accounting and want to advance your career and move into a leadership or strategy role, becoming a Certified Management Accountant will help you reach your goals. One of the first steps to earning this prestigious certification is joining the Institute of Management Accountants and maintaining your membership to gain support through your career. To help you get started as an international CMA, we're connecting you to exactly where you need to go within your region and chapter opportunities to support you on your journey.

About the CMA Certification

First, let's set the foundation about becoming an international CMA and the Institute of Management Accountants.

The Institute of Management Accountants

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) serves as the worldwide governing body for management accounting. They grant the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification, widely acknowledged as the "gold standard" of management accounting, and those who obtain this designation show their expertise in financial strategy, analytics, and risk mitigation. Notably, this accreditation holds global recognition, so the requirements are the same regardless of your location, eliminating the need to re-test or re-certify across various jurisdictions.

Becoming a CMA

To meet the CMA requirements and earn your certification, you must fulfill the following: 

  • Maintain an active IMA membership
  • Enroll in the CMA program and complete registration for the CMA Exam
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or possess an approved professional certification
  • Show two years of professional experience in either management accounting or financial management
  • Successfully pass both parts of the exam. 



Download our free guide "Choosing an International CMA Certification" to learn more!

IMA Regions for International CMAs 

Now that you know more about the IMA and becoming an international CMA, let's break it down into where to find your region's membership and chapters where you can find more localized support, events and networking opportunities. 

Asia and Pacific Island

For accounting and finance professionals based in Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other areas in this region, you'll want to obtain your membership through the IMA - Asia and Pacific Islands. Local chapters include: 

  • Hong Kong
  • Taipei 
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam


IMA China is the regional "branch" of the IMA for accountants and finance professionals living and working in China. Offering a wide variety of resources, including digital and local events, access to research publications, and a Higher Education Recognition Program in Management Accounting, IMA China sets up CMAs on a path to long-term success. 


IMA Europe serves finance and accounting professionals across Europe and has several chapters to facilitate continued education and networking opportunities. Local chapters include: 

  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Amsterdam-Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Poland

Middle East

IMA Middle East brings opportunities to those working or living in areas of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and beyond. Chapters include: 

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Alexandria
  • Amman (Jordan)
  • Bahrain
  • Cairo
  • Doha
  • Dubai (UAE) 
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • Riyadh
  • Saudi Arabia (Eastern Province)
  • Saudi Arabia (Western Province)
  • Sudan


In India the finance and accounting profession is rapidly increasing and Certified Management Accountants are highly in demand. Join the IMA in India and begin earning your certification. Be sure to check out the local chapters for one in your area to support you through your career. 

  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Koci
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Pune


Becker supports CMAs around the world

No matter where you are on the globe, Becker supports you as you obtain the CMA certification and continue through your career. Our CMA Exam Review offers the comprehensive instruction, materials and resources you need to be Exam Day Readysm and once you pass the exam and earn your certification, we'll have the Continued Professional Education necessary to stay at the top of your game. 

Download our free guide to start your journey!

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