IMA: The Association for Accounts and Financial Professionals in Business

For over 90 years, IMA has been a champion and resource for the financial management and accounting profession.


Founded as the National Association of Cost Accountants (NACA) in Buffalo, NY in 1919, the group promoted knowledge and professionalism among cost accountants and to foster a wider understanding of the role of cost accounting in management. The group name was later changed to the National Association of Accounts (NAA), and in 1991, the group name was finally changed to the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) to signify the profession’s broad role as the association for accounts and financial professionals working inside of organizations.

IMA Today

The IMA is dedicated to the growth and professional development of finance professionals through a wide variety of offerings, including:

  • Certification: The CMA and CFM designations are the only professional certifications specifically designed to meet the current and future skill sets of corporate accounting and financial management professionals
  • Education: Our programs address the professional, managerial and technical skills needed for advancement in the finance function of the future. IMA provides national conferences and seminars, free on-line courses, regional and local seminars, self-study programs, and custom-designed corporate education programs.
  • Research: IMA research papers, such as What Corporate America Wants in Entry Level Accountants (1994), The Practice Analysis of Management Accounting (1996), and Counting More, Counting Less (1999) have broadened awareness on the changing role of financial professionals. The ongoing work of the IMA’s Foundation for Applied Research provides our members with access to field-based research which applies to current and emerging business issues.
  • Local Chapters:IMA’s nearly 300 local chapters, member interest groups, email exchanges, and industry sector groups provide each of our members with the opportunity to discuss trends, techniques, problems, careers and ideas with peers and specialists in the industries and fields in which they work.

IMA New Hampshire Chapter

Established in 1919, the New Hampshire Chapter of the IMA (IMA NH) is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and position of the Granite State’s financial professionals. Our monthly educational programs, student resources, and connection to IMA National all provide a vibrant and valuable opportunity for local finance professionals to engage, learn and network with their peers.

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