Trade organization the Certified Management Accountants of Canada has produced a "CMA Competency Map" in support of national standards for the accreditation, continuing education and professional development of certified management accountants.

"[The document] clearly defines what a management accountant is, and what the market expects of CMAs throughout their careers," said president and chief executive Steve Vieweg, in a statement. "It fosters in CMAs the development and growth of the unparalleled competencies that enable them to build successful businesses and careers."

The three pillars of the CMA profession are accounting, management and strategy. In today's business environment, the three are very closely related. The map describes six integrated functional competencies and four "soft" competencies that CMAs are expected to acquire based on a career life-cycle approach, instead of defining competencies in relation to very specific tasks.

The document is available from CMA Canada's Web site at www.cma-canada.org.

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