After successfully completing the Entrance Examination, candidates progress through the two-year Strategic Leadership Program concurrent with full-time employment. This dynamic program focuses on how innovative enterprises conduct business in contemporary society. It explores and applies the practices these enterprises adopt to succeed in a highly volatile and competitive global environment. By focusing on business processes, CMA Ontario’s Strategic Leadership Program equips the prospective CMA with the strategic management capabilities demanded by today’s leading enterprises.
The program’s content represents the best practices employed by successful enterprises to achieve market dominance. An organization’s competitive growth strategies – whether it’s introducing new methods, modifying existing ones, or eliminating products or services depending on market opportunities – are the foundation of the program.
Candidates complete Practical Experience concurrently with the SLP. The SLP is presented in two phases, each integrating the six functional competencies and four enabling competencies.
Financial Resource Management
Risk Management and Governance
Problem-solving and Decision-making
Leadership and Group Dynamics
Professionalism and Ethical Behaviour
Year-One is the Development Phase and will consist of three modules. Cases will be assigned for each module and will focus on different industry sectors including manufacturing, services, government and not-for-profit. The majority of the assessments in this phase will be individually-based.
Upon completion of the SLP Development Phase, candidates will be required to write the CMA Case Exam. This four-hour exam will test a candidate’s understanding of the competencies and the higher order skills of strategic thinking, analysis, integration, judgment and written communication introduced thus far in the program. This exam will be offered twice per year, in May and August.
Upcoming Case Exam Dates are:
May 7th 2014
August 13th 2014
Candidates will then enter the Application Phase of the SLP. Fostering group development as well as focusing on communication, leadership, decision-making, ethics and problem-solving skills will be at the core of this three-module phase.
The final evaluation component of the SLP is the CMA Board Report. Here candidates will demonstrate, both orally and through a written submission, their mastery of the knowledge and competencies to join the profession – and become Certified Management Accountants.
At the heart of the SLP are interactive sessions during which candidates exchange views and experiences on program aspects under the guidance of experienced moderators. Each of the program modules includes a two-day interactive session. Candidates also complete a series of individual and group management projects applying the concepts to their own organizations.
The program fee is payable in installments over two years, and includes the fee for the CMA Case Examination, all study materials and applicable meals. Candidates must also have ongoing access to the Internet throughout the two-year program.