The CMC Designation

The Certified Management Consultant designation (CMC®​) 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 ICMCI; enrol, oversee curriculum delivery, competency assessment and ultimately individual certification to strict common standards. National Institutes are regularly audited by ICMCI 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 an ICMCI member Institute, they can apply to the CMC-Global Institute (CMC-GI) to achieve their certification.

What the CMC® signifies 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 Transformation and Change
  • Client Communications and Project Management
  • Interpersonal skills

In addition, each CMC® must show commitment to, experience in, and compliance with ICMCI’s Code of Conduct. This code of conduct includes legal, social, ecological aspects and professional conduct. It shows the responsibility of a Management Consultant to serve the interests of:

  • Clients
  • Society
  • Their Organization
  • Colleagues
  • The Profession.

The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation is a prestigious, competency-based certification that is earned through demonstrated proficiency in a specific industry-standard competence framework, reflecting your experience and expertise in the field.

It’s not about studying; it’s about showcasing your skills and knowledge gained from past work through a structured process.

At CMC-GI, we have a well-defined process for attaining the CMC Certification, along with a mandatory re-certification every three years to maintain this esteemed status.

Starting in 2024, we are introducing two essential course requirements for certification of candidates: the ‘Management Consultant Essentials‘ (MCE) and ‘Ethics in Business and Consulting.’

These courses are designed to ensure that all candidates, regardless of their geographical location, possess a foundational understanding of the international industry best practices and the high standards of ethical conduct expected from a professional management consultant.

What’s next after I certify?

Achieving your CMC Certification is just the beginning of a journey marked by professional distinction and continuous development. This certification is not only a testament to your world-class competency as a management consultant but also a commitment to staying abreast in your field. As a CMC-certified professional, you are required to demonstrate ongoing proficiency every three years, through developmental activities and contributions to the profession. Beyond this, certification opens doors to higher-level volunteering opportunities, allowing you to contribute not just to the CMC-Global Institute, but also to engage with ICMCI’s international committees and tasks. This is your gateway to further professional growth, international networking, and shaping the future of the consulting industry on a global scale. Embrace the opportunities that come with CMC Certification and continue to set the standard in management consulting excellence

International Recognition

Achieving the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation through CMC-Global Institute offers unparalleled international recognition, setting you apart in the global consulting arena. With 49 member institutes under the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) across continents, from Armenia to Zimbabwe, your CMC certification is not just a mark of excellence, but a passport to global opportunities. This certification is universally respected and recognized by all ICMCI affiliated institutes, providing a significant advantage for consultants looking to expand their practice internationally. It assures potential clients and partners worldwide of your adherence to the highest standards of competence, ethics, and professional conduct. As a CMC-certified consultant, you are part of a prestigious global network, enhancing your credibility and opening doors to diverse consulting opportunities across borders.

International Recognition of the CMC-Designation

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