The ICMA (Institute of Certified Management Accountants) has announced a few changes to the CMA exams effective with the January/February 2020 testing window.

  • CMA Part 1 has a new section on technology and analytics, and internal auditing has been removed.
  • CMA Part 2 has a new topic on social responsibility, and a few specific accounting topics have been removed.

Because these changes affect only about 10-20% of each exam, the current exams and the 2020 exams are interchangeable (there is no “transition” phase). That is to say, candidates can take one of the Parts under the 2019 syllabus and one of the Parts under the 2020 syllabus. Candidates studying now or starting to study in the next few months do not need to change their study plans.

There is a brief announcement about the change on the IMA web site here:, where you can also download the new 2020 Learning Outcome Statements.

HOCK will release updated study materials in advance of the new exams, and all HOCK customers who have purchased the CMA materials will have online access to the updated materials for the exam Part(s) they have purchased at no charge when they are released. If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to help.

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  1. Ahmad Mohammed Almaani on January 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Mr. Hock,
    Now I am still studying the two parts and I didn’t got any exam and I will register for P1 on September this year and the second part next year so if I passed P1 and register for P2 on February 2020 the exam will include new changes.

    Best Regard’s

  2. Kevin Hock on January 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm


    Yes, any exam starting January 1st, 2020 or later will be under the 2020 syllabus. So you will take Part 1 under the current syllabus in September 2019 and Part 2 under the new syllabus in February 2020.


  3. Srikanth on January 13, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Hi Sir,

    Will there be a drastic change in the syllabus,as I am preparing for Part 1 and supposed to sit for September 2019, window.In case,if I am not able to clear in Sep 2019,will that effect my preparation,if I sit for a re-exam in 2020 Jan under the new syllabus.Kindly assist us Sir.We are anxious.


    • Kevin Hock on January 13, 2019 at 9:07 am

      As explained in the text and video, most of the exam is staying the same. In Part 1, the biggest change is that topic of internal auditing has been removed, and there is a new section on Information Technology. So even if you have to switch to the 2020 syllabus, you will not need to re-study from the beginning, you will only have 10-20% of the content to re-study. Do not spend any time being anxious about the change: simply focus on your current studies.

  4. Muhammad Imtiaz Farooq on January 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Will my current membership / subscription with Hock Int’l cover the amended topics in 2020?

    • Kevin Hock on January 20, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Yes, all students who have purchased the CMA materials from HOCK will be able access the 2020 updates to continue their studies under the new syllabus.