The Certified Management Consultant designation is the preeminent professional designation for management consulting with a variety of sub-specialty areas. It is similar in scope and reliability to Chartered Professional Accountants, Professional Engineers, etc.
Country Institutes of Management Consulting (IMC’s), often through state or provincial institutes, work with government bodies to ensure that the CMC is a recognized professional designation with all the compliance, competency and ethical obligations and privileges that comes with being a top-tier individual professional.
In over 49 countries around the world, these national member institutes of CMC-Global; enrol, oversee curriculum delivery, competency assessment and ultimately individual certification to strict common standards. National Institutes are regularly audited by CMC-Global to ensure each Institute upholds and advances the high standards of the designation. This means that a CMC earned in one country can be recognized and trusted should the professional individual work in another jurisdiction. For individuals interested in achieving their CMC professional designation, but happen to live/work in a jurisdiction without a CMC-Global member Institute, they can apply to the CMC-Global Institute to achieve their certification.
What the CMC Designation Conveys for Clients:
An individual Certified Management Consultant must learn and show competency across a broad professional body of knowledge, which includes:
- 6 Functional areas of organizational management: Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Finance, Operations, Information Technology, and Marketing
- Ethical practices
- Management Consulting processes
- Leading Change
- Client Communications and Project Management
- Interpersonal skills
In addition, each CMC must show commitment to, experience in, and compliance with our Uniform Code of Professional Conduct. This code of conduct includes:
- Legal, representational and public protection practice
- Knowledge and expertise advancement, self-discipline and professionalism
- Responsibility to/for others
- Image and compliance
- Responsibilities to client: business development, competence, informed client, fee arrangements, conflict, confidentiality and objectivity.
The CMC and its related standards have been developed over many years. In 2013 these were revised in order to:
- Bring order to a great variety of material
- Ensure that the scope and wording is consistent with current international standards where applicable
- Add further material that will help institutes and their assessors in maintaining the standard
The revision has been carried out by expert consultants and reviewed by both the Professional Standards Committee and Quality Assurance Committee of CMC-Global. The Trustees approved the update on January 24, 2014.
In 2016 the recertification policy prepared by the Professional Standards Committee was approved, this was reflected on the documentation and the ICMCI CMC Certification Scheme Manual and resulted in a second version with an added Appendix in the form of the recertification policy itelf.
You can view or download copies of the documentation below.
- ICMCI CMC Certification Scheme Manual (CMC001) of August 2017, version 1.2
- Appendix 1 - Specimen CMC Competence Framework (CMC002)
- Appendix 2 - CMC Competence Framework Range Statements (CMC002a)
- Appendix 3 - Factors to Consider in a Code of Professional Conduct (CMC003)
- Appendix 4 - Summary Common Body of Knowledge (CMC004)
- Appendix 5 - Additional Pre-requisites (CMC005)
- Appendix 6 - Matrix of Preferred and Acceptable Assessment Techniques (CMC006)
- Appendix 7 - Glossary of Terms (CMC007)
- Appendix 8 - General Requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Applying to the Management of the CMC Certification Programme in Member Institutes (CMC008)
- Appendix 9 - Policy for Re-certification of CMCs by Member Institutes
Consultants who have been awarded the CMC can put these initials after their name. In some countries, the CMC-Global member Institute may use the designations FIMC to signify a Fellow of that Institute of Management Consultants – someone who has made a significant contribution to the profession of management consulting. The initials FCMC therefore designate a Certified Management Consultant who is also a Fellow of his or her institute.
CMC-Global member institutes are allowed to authorize the CMCs of their institute who cease professional activity (whether by moving into another field of activity or by retirement) to continue to use the designation “CMC emeritus” after their names. The requirements for this are shown in the Certification Programme Manual.