Want to learn about the CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) certification? Check out this webinar on May 22.
Want to learn about the CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) certification? Check out this webinar on May 22.

Download six sample exam questions to get a feel for the CSCA exam

The CSCA: What You Will Learn

The CSCA program builds your strategic mindset.  It equips you with essential strategic concepts and analytical skills that help you and your organization meet the future with insight, agility, and confidence. The CSCA exam covers three content areas:

25%

Strategic Analysis

40%

Creating Competitive Advantage

35%

Strategy Implementation and Performance Evaluation

CSCA Program Details

Career Paths

CSCAs thrive at diverse organizations including: small, mid-sized, and large companies; non-profits; government entities; and academia.

Some of our CSCAs work at 3M, Caterpillar, Capital One, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, Nestle, Oracle, Pfizer, and Shell. CSCAs succeed in positions from staff accountant to CEO.

 

CSCA Timeline

40 to 75 hours of study suggested, depending on your level of expertise.

CSCA program entry provides two years to pass the exam.

The CSCA is offered via two exam windows per year in March and September.

CSCA Cost

For Professional Members:
CSCA Program Entry Fee: $75
CSCA Exam Registration: $300
IMA Strategy and Competitive Analysis Learning Series®: $349

For Student/Academic Members:
CSCA Program Entry Fee: $56.25
CSCA Exam Registration: $225
IMA Strategy and Competitive Analysis Learning Series®: $261.75

Certification Requirements

Be an IMA member in good standing.

Have passed both CMA exam parts or earned another eligible accounting or financial certification.

Enter the CSCA Program and pass the exam.

Comply with the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

CSCA Program Registration

Earning your certification validates your mastery of a comprehensive body of knowledge in strategy and competitive analysis. Passing this rigorous exam is a prestigious accomplishment.

CSCA Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about the CSCA program.