The first step is for you to join the IMA membership. It is a simple process, but please expect to pay the fee upfront. The fees vary for candidates who are student or who are under 33 years old. You should also budget the expense for CMA review materials for effective exam preparation. Please refer to this video for an introduction of CMA exam fees: http://youtu.be/NZB5XT17YYE
As part of the planning process, you can also learn about the CMA exam schedule, notably the testing windows so you don't miss the deadline: http://youtu.be/3cRzANRdEuQ
2. Fulfill CMA Exam Requirements
The requirements are simple and mostly based on your educational level, but there are documents need to be submitted to the IMA and it is best to check in advance. For details please go to this video: http://youtu.be/xwCA3eYikK8
3. Take the Exam It is a computerized exam with 2 parts covering accounting (focusing on management and cost accounting) and financial management (focusing on planning and analysis). There is extensive discussion on the exam format, Part 1 and Part 2 syllabus, study tips and exam taking strategies in my website.
4. Complete Experience Requirements Passing the CMA exam is one thing; getting the CMA certification is another. You need to complete and submit evidence of the relevant experience in order to complete the CMA program. In this video you will be able to understand the criteria and a list of common accounting and finance jobs that are deemed relevant by the IMA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwCA3...
5. Maintain the Certification with CPE In order to call yourself a CMA, you need to keep the certification in active status. Apart from paying the annual membership dues to the IMA, you also need to fulfill the 30 CPE requirements.
To learn more about how to become a CMA, you can sign up for my mini-course for more information on how to plan, study for and pass the CMA exam on your first attempt: http://ipassthecmaexam.com/mini-course/