Practical experience requirements

In order to become a chartered global management accountant (ACMA, CGMA), you need a minimum of three years' verified relevant work-based practical experience.

Read our applying for membership brochure for full details of the practical experience requirements (PER).

As part of the 2015 professional qualification syllabus, PER is also being reviewed. Once this is complete, we will inform you of the changes. In the meantime, PER requirements remain the same.

Key areas

Experience may be drawn from any of the following three areas over a period of three years or more (but a minimum of 18 months must be gained within the core area).

Relevant experience gained before registering as a student will also count.

Area 1 - basic experience Area 2 - core experience Area 3 - supplementary experience
1a. preparing and maintaining accounting records 2a. preparation of management accounts 3a. financial strategy
1b. statutory and regulatory reporting 2b. planning, budgeting and forecasting 3b. corporate finance
1c. IT desktop skills 2c. management reporting for decision making 3c. treasury management
1d. systems and procedure development 2d. product and service costing 3d. taxation
  2e. information management 3e. business evaluation and appraisal
  2f. project appraisal 3f. business strategy
  2g. project management 3g. external relationships
  2h. working capital content  
  2i. risk management and business assurance  

Academic and audit experience

Our academic (PDF 48KB), internal audit (PDF 33KB) and external audit (PDF 33KB) guidelines explain whether your experience in these areas can be used as part of your application.