Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Working in Ontario
Certified Management Accountants (CMAs) are financial management professionals who analyze financial and non-financial information to help organizations set and achieve their strategic objectives. CMAs help guide organizations in making important business decisions, such as identifying new market opportunities, better allocating their resources, and maximizing organizational value.
Accounting in Ontario
It is important to understand that accounting in Ontario covers a wide variety of work. For some types of work, strict regulation and special qualifications are required. Designations such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) are separate from Chartered Accountant (CA) and have different professional bodies, qualification requirements, and areas of practice.
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with Certified Management Accountants of Ontario to create a Career Map for internationally trained accountants (currently being updated) who want to become Certified Management Accountants in Ontario. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including labour market conditions, the credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
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Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.
Bridge Training for Internationally Educated ProfessionalsYork University
The Bridge Training for Internationally Educated Professionals program helps internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in accounting, business, finance, management, marketing, public administration and information technology find employment in their field of expertise. The program provides training in Canadian business culture and communication, occupation-specific language training, and technical upgrading in participants’ area of professional focus. Participants also receive career coaching and opportunities to connect with employers through mentoring, networking and internships. Participants who complete the program can earn a certificate from York University.
Financial Management Certificate ProgramWomen’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) of Windsor
This one-year program, offered by the University of Windsor - Odette School of Business in partnership with the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Ontario, helps internationally trained individuals obtain employment in the finance sector. The program offers academic training that bridges international experience to Canadian business practices. The courses offered through this program also fulfill the academic prerequisites for writing the CMA National Entrance Examination and the Level 2 Certified General Accountants Examination.
International Accounting and Finance Professionals (IAFP) ProgramRyerson University
This program helps internationally trained accountants and financial professionals obtain licensure and find jobs in Ontario. This program includes occupation-specific language support, academic training, workplace culture and communication assessment and training. Participants also have access to mentorships, and work placements, in order to get the Canadian work experience needed to practice in Ontario. Outcomes for participants will be professional development, which leads to employment and advancement towards certification.
Professions North/NordLaurentian University
This program offers portfolio development and workplace communications skills training for internationally-trained professionals of various fields. The program also helps professionals in the accounting and financial services fields towards accreditation and technical skills upgrading. Through this program, participants will increase their job readiness and access work placements. PNN has service locations in Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Timmins. Services will be provided in both English and French.
See also: Bridge training programs in the financial services sector.
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit the Working in Canada website. This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates. To learn about your occupation, visit the website and click the ‘Start’ button on the main page.
To learn about careers in the financial services sector in Toronto, visit the Financial Services Career Advisor website. The site was developed by the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education (Toronto Financial Services Alliance).