CMA Program Policy Change – 12 Month Registration Requirement Removed

The ICMA has provided us with the following announcement:

Effective January 1, 2017 candidates are no longer required to register for a CMA exam part within 12 months of paying the CMA Entrance Fee.

Candidates are still required to pass both parts of the CMA exam within three years of paying the CMA Entrance Fee. If a candidate does not pass both parts within three years, any passed part will expire. In addition, the candidate will be required to pay the CMA entrance fee again.


  1. Navneet on December 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    That is a good news.

  2. Taimur on December 9, 2016 at 4:31 am

    really a new year gift…………..

  3. Ashraf on December 9, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Ok fine , but what was the rule before this announcement ? I don’t follow

  4. Ashraf on December 9, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I mean , there are 3 fees to be paid :
    1- entrance fee
    2- membership fee
    3- Exam fee

    The enterance fee is already to-be-paid once over the 3-year exam span period .
    So, what is the new with the current announcement ?


  5. HOCK international on December 9, 2016 at 7:59 am


    The change is that you no longer have to register for an exam within 12 months after paying the Entrance Fee or lose your Entrance Fee. For example, if you paid the CMA Entrance fee on April 27, 2016, you must register to take an exam by April 27, 2017, or you will lose your Entrance Fee and have to pay it again. Starting January 1st, this requirement has been eliminated. You do still have to pass both Parts within 3 years, however; that has not changed.

    – HOCK Team

  6. Ilyas on December 10, 2016 at 7:29 am

    that’s a good one… thank you Hock Team for keeping us updated.

  7. riaz on December 12, 2016 at 4:28 am

    lets say i just passed part 1 and part 2 could nt clear with in 3 years .should i have to write both parts ?

  8. HOCK international on December 12, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Yes, the 3 year time limit for passing both Parts is still in place. If you do not clear both Parts within 3 years of paying the CMA Entrance Fee, you will have to start over and pass both Parts again.

  9. MOHANAD on December 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Thanks a lot for the good news mentioned above.
    my entrance fees would be expired on 06/02/2017 i just want to make sure that if I register (NOT TAKE) for exam on MAY/2017 would I have to pay a entrance fees again or based on the updated mentioned above the entrance fees would be valid until three years from 06/02/2016.

  10. HOCK international on December 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    If you paid your entrance fee on 06/02/2016 the only requirement effective for you next year is that you pass both Parts within 3 years, which would be 06/02/2019. If you have any questions about your exam eligibility I would suggest contacting the IMA directly to confirm.