IMA announces partnership with Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Announcement will see AAT being added to the list of “CMA approved certifications for education requirements”

UAE – IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) announced today its partnership with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) – one of the world’s leading professional bodies for accounting technicians providing AAT Accounting Qualifications - to support the international advancement of the management accounting profession by including AAT on the list of “CMA approved certifications for education requirements.”

The partnership will acknowledge AAT members with advanced accounting diplomas as qualified CMA candidates by waving the bachelor’s degree requirement to pursue the CMA certification. The bachelor's degree waiver will allow students who have completed and passed the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting to access IMA's CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification (globally). 

“AAT is a reputed global institute which shares our dedication to the profession and we are confident this partnership will drive value to both AAT and IMA and finance professionals around the region,” said Hanadi Khalife, Senior Director MEA & India operations at IMA. “Continuous upskilling and reskilling have become more essential than ever in this everchanging global ecosystem where digital transformation is changing every single function and the roles which manage it every day. Our team has been leading a number of initiatives both regionally and internationally to ensure that we empower finance and accounting professionals to evolve their careers and maintain their relevance by developing the skills needed to remain at the forefront of their sector.”

Rob Alder, Head of Business Development, AAT added, “AAT qualifications provide practical training in all aspects of accounting and are the perfect foundation for further training. Many students have successfully used AAT accounting qualifications as a springboard to chartered accountancy training. We have developed many non-graduate progression routes from AAT over the years, and AAT is the only professional qualification that provides a quicker route to chartered status. It is great to have the recognition from IMA to provide another pathway for our students. We look forward to working with IMA”

AAT has around 130,000 members in more than 100 countries who are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world; they include students, people already working in accountancy, and self-employed business owners.