Certified Management Accountant - Part 1 - Exam Preparation Course

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Course Overview

Whether you are a fresh graduate or someone working in the finance and accounting role with an ambition to have a highly rewarding career - CMA is the qualification for you! The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is the advanced professional certification that demonstrates command of the critical accounting and financial management skills demanded by today’s dynamic businesses, translating into significant career opportunities for you. CMA has a legacy of 40 years with over 50,000 CMA professionals worldwide and is considered the gold standard certification for Management Accountants.
The CMA credential is...
→ Prestigious – Self-selected credential earned through testing.
→ Professional – IMA’s Salary Survey shows strong career growth and greater earning power.
→ Rigorous – Testing, education, job experience, and continuing education requirements.
→ Empowering – Promoting your credential allows you to become a leader in your profession.
→ Competent – Attests proven on-the-job skills.
CMA certification Content:
→ Part One:
Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance, and Control
15% External Financial Reporting Decisions
30% Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting
20% Performance Management
20% Cost Management
15% Internal Controls
→ Part Two:
Financial Decision Making
25% Financial Statement Analysis
20% Corporate Finance
20% Decision Analysis
10% Risk Management
15% Investment Decisions
10% Professional Ethics

Key Takeaways

Financial Accounting and Reporting.
Cost Accounting and Management and Performance Management.
Planning and Budgeting.
Internal Auditing and controls overview.
The best strategy to pass CMA exams.

Institute of Management Accountants
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Founded in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1919, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professional working in business. Whilst representing more than 70,000 professional members, IMA is committed to promote knowledge and professionalism among cost accountants and foster a wider understanding of the role of cost accounting in management. In this regard, IMA’s mission is to provide a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing and the advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance. IMA achieves its main goal through: » Offering a rigorous, highly respected credential – the CMA – that recognized and rewards expertise » Building a peer network of professional relationships to share industry experience, access career opportunities, and make business contacts to last a lifetime » Providing extensive education programs to advance professional knowledge, increase leadership potential and satisfy CPE requirements » Giving a voice to the profession with insightful and timely journals and newsletters » Promoting leading-edge research and industry best practices » Advocating for the profession in a challenging regulatory environment.

Course Outline

Day 1
Section A: External Financial Reporting Decisions
1. Financial Statements
→ Income statement
→ Statement of changes in shareholders’ equity
→ Balance Sheet
→ Statement of Cash Flows
→ Limitation of Financial Statements
→ Financial Statements Footnotes and Disclosures
→ Users of Financial Statements
2. Recognition, Measurements, Valuation and Disclosures
→ Accounts and Notes Receivables
→ Inventory
→ Investments
Day 2
Continuing: External Financial Reporting Decisions
→ Intangibles
→ Short Term Debt
→ Deferred Income Taxes
→ Leases
→ Equity Transactions
→ Revenue Recognition
→ Comprehensive Income
→ Discontinued operations
→ IFRS Versus GAAP
Section B: Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting
1. Strategic Planning
→ Strategy and strategic planning
→ Analysis of external factors affecting strategy
→ Analysis of internal factors affecting strategy
→ S.W.O.T Analysis
→ Long Term vision, mission, goals and objectives
→ Alignment of tactics with long term strategic goals
→ Chrematistics of successful strategic and tactical planning
→ Contingency planning
→ Other planning tools and techniques
Day 3
Continuing: Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting
2. Budgeting Concepts
→ Reasons of Budgeting
→ Operations and Performance Goals
→ Chrematistics of successful budget process
→ Standard cost
→ Resource allocation
3. Forecasting Techniques
→ Regression analysis
→ Learning Curve analysis
→ Expected Value
4. Budget Methodologies
→ Activity based budgeting
→ Zero-based budgeting
→ Incremental budgeting
→ Continuous (rolling) budgeting
→ Other budgeting methodologies
5. Annual Profit Plan and Supporting Schedules
→ Operating budgets
→ Financial Budgets
6. Top Level Planning and Analysis
→ Estimating funding needs
→ Assessing Anticipated performance
→ Performing what-if analysis
Day 4
Section D: Cost Management
1. Measurement Concepts
→ Fixed and Variable costs
→ Actual, normal and standard costing
→ Absorption and Variable costing
→ Joint Products and By Products
2. Costing Systems
→ Job Order Costing
→ Process Costing
→ Activity Based Costing
→ Life Cycle Costing
→ Other Budgeting methods:
→ Operating costing
→ Backflush costing
3. Overhead Costs
→ Fixed and variable overhead expenses
→ Plant wide versus departmental rate
→ Activity based costing overhead allocation
→ Determination of allocation base
→ Allocation of service department costs
Day 5
Section C: Performance Management
1. Cost and Variance Measures
→ Comparison of actual to planned results
→ Use of flexible budget to analyse performance
→ Management by exception using variance analysis
→ Use of standard cost systems
→ Analysis of variation from standard cost expectation
2. Responsibility Centres and reporting segments
→ Types of responsibility centres
→ Transfer Pricing models
→ Reporting of Organization segments
3. Performance Measures
→ Product profitability analysis
→ Business unit profitability analysis
→ Customer profitability analysis
→ Return on investment
→ Residual Income
→ Investment base issues
→ Effect of international operation
→ Critical success factors
→ Balanced score card
Day 6
Section E: Internal Controls and Internal Auditing & Answering a mock EXAM
1. Internal controls
→ Governance, risk and Compliance
→ Internal controls objective,
components, and risk
→ Internal controls breakdown and risk
2. Internal Auditing
→ Internal audit, definition, function and scope
→ Internal audit plans Answering MOCK Exam

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
The CMA is the globally recognized, advancedlevel credential appropriate for accountants and financial professionals in business. Achieving the CMA demonstrates your professional expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics – skills that are in demand by organizations around the world. It is ideal for accountancy or financial professionals carrying out the following duties:
→ Staff Accountant
→ Cost Accountant
→ Internal Auditor
→ Budget Analyst
→ Financial Analyst
→ Senior Accountant
→ Finance Manager
→ Controller
→ Vice President, Finance
→ Treasurer
→ Chief Financial Officer
→ Chief Executive Officer


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