Bluegrass IMA Members,
I have truly enjoyed my first year as President of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). I appreciate the support that I have received from the board and general members. Your kindness is appreciated. The general meetings for the 2016-2017 year have been very interesting and enjoyable.
The final event of 2017 is in the current month. I received a suggestion from the survey conducted in the summer of 2016 to host an event in which family members could participate. Family Night is scheduled for Friday, April 28th at a Lexington Legends game. The minimum required attendance is 25 people and the deadline to register on our website is April 10th. The charge is $30 for adults and $15 for children. On the registration page, select adult and/or children ticket selections on the PayPal storefront. We encourage members to pay during the registration process. The group tour will begin at 5:30pm (at least 1 CPE credit). First pitch will be at 7:05. If there’s rain, the tour and buffet dinner will take place.
The board members and I are seeking two more volunteers to join the Bluegrass Chapter IMA leadership team. Please volunteer to serve on either the Membership or Student Night Committee. The 2017-2018 slate of officers is as follows:
President: Dr. Cassandra Smith
VP, Membership: Cathy Buckman
VP, Communication: Nikki Hargrove
Treasurer: Deanna Ramsey
Secretary: Dean Jacobson
The board members and I are concerned about the low turnout at meetings. The possibility of having meetings at another location instead of the Doubletree was discussed. I visited Jimmy Johns and asked the manager about the possibility of hosting the September 2017, November 2017, and January 2018 general meetings on Thursdays from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Space is available to host the three meetings at Jimmy Johns. Requesting a buffet style meal would possibly accommodate our needs. The board and I will answer all of your questions at the Family Night event.
Please consider joining the Bluegrass Chapter IMA leadership team. The additional leadership support would enhance the 2017-2018 year. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email anyone on the board. I look forward to a fun and educational Family Night.
Dr. Cassandra Smith
Bluegrass IMA President
Montvale, N.J., March 24, 2014 – ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management Accountants), the certification division of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), has updated the exam for its CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) credential to include additional content related to financial reporting and strategic planning; skills that are increasingly important for management accountants as their roles evolve. These updates will take effect in January 2015 (March 2015 for the Chinese language version).
The revisions are based on a Job Analysis Study that polled CFOs, controllers and other accounting/finance professionals from around the world. The purpose of the study was to identify the in-demand knowledge, skills and tasks currently needed by management accountants. IMA conducts studies every five to seven years to ensure exam content is current, relevant and valid.
“Undoubtedly, the role of CFOs and their teams is rapidly evolving due to a variety of factors, such as technology and globalization,” said Dennis Whitney, CMA, CFM, CAE, ICMA senior vice president. “It’s essential that the CMA continues as the most relevant assessment for management accountants so that it serves professionals and enables organizations to find the most qualified talent.”
Changes will affect approximately 10 percent of the exam content. It will remain as two four-hour parts, and each part will include 100 multiple-choice questions and two 30-minute essay questions.
For more information about the CMA, and how these changes impact current CMA candidates, visit http://www.imanet.org/cma_certification/current_cma_candidates.aspx.
About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 70,000 members in 120 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. IMA provides localized services through its offices in Montvale, N.J., USA; Zurich, Switzerland; Dubai, UAE; and Beijing, China. For more information about IMA, please visit www.imanet.org.
The Lincoln Trail Regional Council of IMA is one of 23 nationwide councils, consisting of 8 chapters in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee: Bloomington, Blue Grass, Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Northern Kentucky, and South Central Indiana. To learn more about Lincoln Trail Regional Council and its chapters, click here.
The council provides leadership for and facilitates partnerships with our chapters by:
The Council's board members, chapter leaders, and chapter delegates meet quarterly in various locations based upon which Chapter sponsors the meeting. The purpose is to discuss various local, regional, and global topics affecting IMA; participate in educational events; and to network.
To learn more about the Lincoln Trail Council, please visit their website at http://www.lincolntrail.imanet.org/home
August 12, 2014
CMA is the Leading Management Accounting Global Credential
ICMA Updates CMA Exam to Reflect Evolving Role of Management Accountants
March 24, 2014
Montvale, N.J., March 24, 2014 – ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management
Accountants), the certification division of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), has
updated the exam for its CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) credential
to include additional content related to financial reporting and strategic
planning; skills that are increasingly important for management accountants as
their roles evolve. These updates will take effect in January 2015 (March 2015
for the Chinese language version).
The 2013-14 Program / Roster has now been released. This document will give a complete overview of our chapter and will provide information on how you can become involved. The IMA is a growing organization and you may recognize some of the Blue Grass Chapter's Members.
ICMA® will soon raise the fees associated with its CMA® program, the first increase in fees since the two-part version of the CMA exam was implemented in 2010.
Under the new fee schedule, starting in July 2013, the cost for taking the CMA exam for those in the IMA® professional membership category will be $380 per part.
In addition, also starting in July 2013, the non-refundable certification entrance fee for professional members will be $240. That fee covers:
• Credential review for educational qualification;
• Credential review for experience qualification;
• Six months access to the CMA Exam Support package which includes the CMA
Assessment Tool and printable practice questions;
• Final Score Report;
• Performance feedback reports for candidates who do not pass;
• Personalized, numbered certificate for office display;
• Congratulatory notification to employer or others, if desired.
Candidates are reminded that they must complete parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam within three years of entry into the program. Candidates also must register for an exam part within the first 12 months of entering the program.
On June 18th, 2012, the Chicago Tribune released an article titled "6 in-demand certifications". Certified Management Accountants made the list. Here is what the Tribune had to say:
"Certified management accountant
What they do: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these workers record and analyze financial information for organizations. The information is intended for internal use by business managers. CMAs are also known as cost, managerial, industrial, corporate or private accountants.
Certification details: A CMA is earned by joining the Institute of Management Accountants, having a bachelor’s degree and completing two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. The CMA exam is taken in two parts and covers planning, budgeting and forecasting, internal controls and professional ethics, corporate finance, decision analysis, risk management and professional ethics, among other topics."
To read the entire article, click here
IMA®’s 2008 Annual Salary Survey and importance of certification made national news with a USA Today Snapshot. CMAs have greater earning power than their noncertified peers ($125,600 versus $95,974). To view the USA Today Snapshot, click here. From USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co., Inc. Reprinted with Permission
Beginning May 1, 2010, the CMA exam will consist of a two-part format focusing on the critical skills of financial planning, analysis, control and decision support. Testing for the current four-part CMA exam format will continue through December 31, 2010.