Certified Financial Manager
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Certified Financial Manager (CFM) was a finance certification in financial management. The credential was earned through work experience, examination, and continuing education. The program was established by IMA - The Association for Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business in June 1996, and 4,940 financial professionals earned the CFM designation. The CFM exams were discontinued December 31, 2007.
The requirements for certification included:
- passing four examinations testing economics, management, corporate finance, management accounting, decision analysis, and ethics;
- two years of relevant work experience;
- holding a Bachelor’s degree;
- abiding by the Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.
Once certified, the CFM was required to maintain membership in IMA and complete 30 hours of continuing education annually.
Although the CFM certification "was an excellent program", the program was unable to find a sustained audience. Therefore, the Board of Regents made the decision not to expend further resources on the CFM examination process but rather to dedicate those resources to supporting the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) program. Much of the finance material in the CFM exam was moved to the CMA curriculum. The IMA continues to support all CFM holders with appropriate member services, recognition of the CFM achievement, and the maintenance of certification records. For a listing of Active CFMs, visit: imanet.org
Other organizations offer a path for former CFMs to maintain a recognized credential. The MFM Master Financial Manager and the MFP Master Financial Planner are available without further exam to those who had passed the CFM exam or held the CFM credential. MFP and MFM Certification
- IMA (Institute of Management Accountants, Inc.), Retrieved 2010-10-7
- Smartpros Accounting, Retrieved 2010-10-7
- Eller College of Management, The University of Arizon, Retrieved 2010-10-7