CMA: Just The Beginning
Carlos Benedict Benedict
DLSU BSA Batch 2019

I initially did not have plans of pursuing the CMA certification. Until I started seeing more posts about it on my timeline. I saw that one of my batchmates, Seanne Esguerra, was awarded with the Gold Medal in the August to November 2020 window last year. This caused me to navigate to the Insights page, which eventually made me research more about what the CMA really is. What caught my attention is that it is an internationally recognized certification. It is recognized abroad. It could make me more marketable and help advance my careers.

I was also very interested in the topics covered, some of which were related to the Management Advisory Services topics in the CPA exam. There were also other unique topics, such as strategic management and information technology which I felt were more relevant in today’s setting. As an external auditor in a public firm, I felt that this was a great complement to my experience. The CMA review could provide me with more in-depth insights on the internal workings of my clients’ businesses. I believed that it would allow me to have a different and holistic view of businesses in general. I generally was motivated to learn more and invest in myself. With that, I invested some of my months and weekends in preparing for the exam. It was not easy managing the multiple responsibilities. However, I was determined to at least be part of one of the distinguished takers during my testing window.

I cannot discount the fact that studying and passing the CMA has made me a stronger and more competent individual. Through the various lessons, I would now analyze the financial and nonfinancial data provided to me differently. The knowledge and skills I have gained are priceless and will continue to be with me for the years to come.

I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone that has played an important role to our success. Thank you, Insights Review Center and Sir Angel, for all the support provided. Thank you to all the reviewers and instructors who took the time and effort to discuss the many topics covered in the exam. Thank you to my parents, relatives, and friends, for supporting me in this CMA journey and for motivating me to achieve this feat. Most importantly, thank you God for continuously guiding us and helping us develop our talents and skills. While having the CMA certification is already a great achievement, this is just the beginning. What I believe is more exciting is what I am going to do with the knowledge and skills that I have obtained. How am I now going to apply this to the businesses I am part of? What further impact will this CMA certification have on my future? While it is a privilege to have the CMA title, it also places a great responsibility on me. I am excited to continue growing and facing new and even tougher challenges in the real working world.

About the Author

Carlos Benedict F. Echevarria is currently working as a Senior Assurance Associate at Sycip Gorres Velayo & Company (SGV). He is also currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in DLSU. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU) in April 2019. He also placed 8th in the October 2019 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination. He also achieved one of the highest ratings in the September to October 2021 Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams.