Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada), the world leader in shaping strategic management accounting professionals to lead successful enterprises in the global marketplace has awarded, for a five-year period, the accreditation of the Bachelor of Technology in Accounting program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology School of Business.
CMA Canada accredits programs at leading academic institutions which provide complete coverage of the CMA Competency Map Entrance Requirements, equipping students with in-depth knowledge and skills in management accounting, financial accounting, financial management and taxation, strategic management, and risk management and governance. These skills are required for mastering the advanced concepts covered in the CMA Strategic Leadership Program, leading to the prestigious CMA designation.
Beginning in 2000, CMA Canada implemented an accreditation process to recognize institutions that offer quality educational programs according to prescribed standards. The CMA accreditation program offers academic institutions a measurement process that is based on self-evaluation coupled with evaluation by CMA Canada.
“Through the CMA accreditation process, we are increasing the pool of qualified graduates who are able to enter the CMA Strategic Leadership Program directly from academic institutions, thus helping achieve quality growth in the management accounting profession. It clearly demonstrates our intent to broaden access to the CMA designation while maintaining our tradition of excellence and rigorous standards,” said Joy Thomas, MBA, FCMA, C.Dir., President and CEO, CMA Canada.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is among an exclusive group of academic institutions across Canada to have an undergraduate accounting program accredited by CMA Canada.
“We are extremely enthusiastic about receiving this accreditation from CMA Canada, who is an important partner to BCIT,” explains Robin Hemmingsen, CMA, and Dean of the School of Business. “There are many benefits to accreditation, including attracting top students and offering employers career-ready professional graduates of the highest quality. BCIT offers applied learning that leads to accelerated business success and with CMA accreditation we can offer even more to our students and their future employers.”
Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Technology in Accounting program with a minimum grade point average of 75 per cent are exempt from writing the CMA Entrance Examination. This select group of students will enter directly into the Strategic Leadership Program, the final step required to obtain the CMA designation.
“Here in British Columbia, we’re seeing an unprecedented demand for skilled business professionals with experience in accounting, management and strategy,” said Vinetta Peek, CMA (Hon.), President and CEO, CMA British Columbia. “With the accreditation of BCIT’s Bachelor of Technology in Accounting program, we are able to ensure that students are on the right path to an exciting and successful career while also meeting the needs of the marketplace.”
Want to learn more about the requirements for BCIT students to achieve direct entry into the Strategic Leadership Program? Review the Becoming a CMA guide for BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Accounting Graduates.