Is CMA the right choice?

Entrepreneur and CMA Katie Rodgers knows that business, much like nutrition, is all about making good choices.

Katie Rodgers, CMAAs co-owner of Licious Living Inc., Katie spent the last several years providing healthy meal delivery and nutrition services across Canada. She strongly believes in the powers of a healthy diet, having experienced first-hand how eating well has enhanced her own life. In addition, Katie is just as eager to testify about another choice that has changed her life for the better— her decision to become a CMA.

The right ingredients.

In her mid-20s Katie was working in accounting for a forestry company when she decided that she needed more education to complement her commerce degree. She looked at a number of options including the MBA, CA and CGA programs in search of a professional designation that would align well with her career goals. Ultimately, her research led her down the path to becoming a CMA.

“It wasn’t clear yet what I would be when I grew up‚ but I knew that accounting could lead into any industry,” she recalls. “The CMA program had the most diverse variety of course topics: its curriculum covered strategic planning, marketing, IT, along with accounting and finance. That’s why it was the most interesting option for me.” Katie cites the Strategic Leadership Program (SLP) as a highlight of her CMA education: “The SLP program’s mix of presentation skills training, case work and group work is what really set the CMA apart for me. Knowing your stuff is one thing, but being able to communicate it and work with other people is crucial.”

Preparation is everything.

While there may be a perception that a CMA designation is for people seeking to climb the corporate ladder, Katie believes that becoming a CMA has helped her tremendously as an entrepreneur. “The product/company/brand life cycle component of the SLP has provided plenty of information for me to draw upon while Licious evolved over the past few years.” Her business has definitely grown at a rapid pace, and Katie credits her CMA training with helping her navigate the changes. “In the last year, we rebranded the company, brought in the first round of financing, opened our first retail café, launched our first in-house kitchen, and doubled in staff size. In any given week I might need to focus on the planning or execution of marketing, IT, accounting, finance, or operations management. As a small business owner, you need to wear many hats and the CMA helps prepare you for that.”

A designation equal to your ambition.

A CMA designation does more than teach you to make sound financial decisions; it prepares you to lead. Whether your goal is to become a Chief Officer of a blue-chip corporation or the next great entrepreneur, as a CMA you’ll have both the credentials and the training to succeed.

How do I become a CMA?

1. Complete your university degree (or equivalent).

2. Complete CMA’s required topics in accounting and business. This can be done either at a post secondary institution or through CMA.

3. Prove your knowledge of the required topics by way of an entrance exam or a CMAaccredited university program.

4. Complete the CMA Strategic Leadership Program part time while working.

(Note: There are different options available to complete your CMA; as an example, you can take the program on its own or as part of a Combined MBA-CMA Program.)

The First Step is the Information Session.

Learn more about courses, programs, exams, prerequisites, and everything else you’ll need to know about becoming a CMA. Plus all of your questions will be answered by a working CMA. Events are about an hour in length.

Visit us at for upcoming Info Sessions in your area, or call 604-687-5891.

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