IMA Releases Enhanced Management Accounting Competency Framework For Professionals in the Digital Age

IMA Releases Enhanced Management Accounting Competency Framework For Professionals in the Digital Age

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MONTVALE, New Jersey, February 10, 2019

MONTVALE, New Jersey, February 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) has released its enhanced Management Accounting Competency Framework. The updated Framework reflects the skills management accountants will need to remain relevant and be future-ready.

The enhanced Framework keeps pace with the rapidly-changing business and technology environment and is offered to the profession as a guide for skills assessment, career development, and talent management. With technology redefining the role of the management accountant and significantly changing the business landscape and the management accounting profession at an unprecedented speed, IMA updated the Framework to keep pace with these changes. The Framework was the result of significant collaboration across IMA's content owners, led by Education and Career Services.

"At IMA, we are excited to lead the industry in identifying and publishing critical competencies for the finance and accounting profession," said Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE, President and CEO at IMA. "We analyzed existing and emerging competencies needed by management accountants today in order to update the Competency Framework. This work was fully vetted and validated by industry professionals to ensure accuracy and relevancy."

The Framework identifies six domains of core knowledge, skills, and abilities that finance and accounting professionals need to remain relevant in the Digital Age and perform their current and future roles effectively, many of which are included in the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) credential curriculum. Some domains were renamed to reflect their broader reach of competencies:

"It is important for management accountants to have the proper skills to do their jobs. It is even more important that they do their jobs in an ethical manner in line with their core values which is why the Professional Ethics and Values domain was added to the Competency Framework," said Debbie Warner, CAE, CPLP, Vice President, Education and Career Services at IMA.

IMA analyzed the emerging competencies needed by management accountants and developed a draft of an enhanced Management Accounting Competency Framework. The enhanced Competency Framework was available for public comment from June through September 2018 and after reviewing all feedback, IMA published a final version of the updated Framework. The Framework and associated materials are offered as guidance for skills assessment, career development, and talent management within the profession. To learn more, visit http://www.imanet.org/framework.

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, named the 2017 and 2018 Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 100,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/India. For more information about IMA, please visit http://www.imanet.org.

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