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Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA)

Achieving the Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA) certification signifies expertise in a broad range of strategic and competitive analysis knowledge. Successfully passing this challenging exam is a notable achievement, reflecting a thorough understanding of strategic planning and competitive market evaluation.

About the CSCA

The CSCA (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) Certification, established by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), is tailored for accounting and finance professionals seeking to enhance their strategic planning and competitive analysis skills. It aims to position them at the forefront of business decision-making and strategy implementation within their organizations. The CSCA certification is ideal for:

  • Individuals currently in finance and accounting roles, whether they are at the start of their careers as staff accountants or experienced executives leading their organizations.

  • Professionals looking to improve their strategic thinking and analytical abilities to secure future leadership positions within their field.

The CSCA program and examination consist of three parts covering:

  • Strategic Analysis

  • Creating Competitive Advantage

  • Strategy Implementation and Performance Evaluation

Requirements CPA


To qualify for the CSCA exam, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Requirement 1 - Have one of the following certifications: 

Or hold an alternative recognized accounting or finance certification.* Click here for a comprehensive list of accepted certifications.

Requirement 2 - Pay the CSCA exam registration fee to the IMA. See the cost structure below.

Requirement 3 - Comply with the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

Exam Essential

      3 Hours

      60 Multiple choice questions (70% score) & Case Study (30% score)

Timeline CPA
Syllabus CPA

Strategic Analysis (25% - Levels A, B, and C) 

  • The strategic planning process 

  • Environmental scan and competitive analysis 

  • Internal analysis

Creating Competitive Advantage (40% - Levels A, B, and C) 

  • What is competitive advantage? 

  • Strategy in a global context 

  • Business level strategies 

  • Corporate level strategies 

  • Functional level strategies 

  • Sustaining competitive advantage

Strategy Implementation and Performance Evaluation (35% - Levels A, B, and C) 

  • Analyzing strategic alternatives 

  • Risk management 

  • Strategy implementation 

  • Strategy measurement and organizational performance 

  • Governance, social responsibility, and ethics

CSCA Student Catalog

The student catalog provides program and course descriptions, academic policies, repeat and refund policies.


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