IMA Designations & Accreditations

Enhance your professional standing in the incentive industry by earning your Incentive Professional (IP) designation followed by your Certified Professional of Incentive Management (CPIM) certification.

For some, achieving certification will become a professional goal - a way to test knowledge and to measure it against one’s peers. Others will see certification as an aid to be noticed and recognized as an industry leader and an accredited expert in the incentive field.

Join the 250+ incentive leaders who have enhanced their professional standing, expertise, and knowledge in the industry by obtaining your IP & CPIM designation today!

Certified Professionals

Incentive Professional (IP)

IMA's Incentive Professional (IP) designation recognizes your advanced expertise in the incentive industry and is the first step to achieving your CPIM certification. Individuals may earn their IP by registering for, and successfully passing the IMA's IP examination. The exam consists of 98 multiple-choice and essay questions. The IP exam is $150 for IMA members and $300 for non-members. Also available is the Principles Curriculum; free for members and $75 for non-members.

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Certified Professional of Incentive Management (CPIM)

IMA's Certified Professional of Incentive Management (CPIM) certification recognizes incentive professionals who demonstrate the leadership essential to succeed in the incentive industry. The CPIM application for new applicants and those renewing is $100 for IMA members and $250 for non-members.

The IMA certification affords individuals a competitive advantage in a competitive marketplace. Most importantly, achieving and maintaining the CPIM shows the individual has accepted the challenge to advance his or her knowledge of incentives. 

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IMA would also like to thank and acknowledge Barbara Hendrickson, CPIM and the entire Certification and Professional Education Committee for reviewing and updating the curriculum, materials, and processes regarding the IMA designations.