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Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute
Founded 1947, Royal Charter 2002
Headquarters Corby and London

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is an accredited professional institution for management based in the United Kingdom.[1]

The major membership classes are Member, Fellow - for those with significant expertise - and Companion - the most senior grade.

In addition to supporting its members, the organisation encourages management development, carries out research, produces a wide variety of publications on management interests, and publishes the official members' magazine, Professional Manager. The Institute also engages with government and other public bodies concerning policy on management and business related issues. Professional Manager magazine is circulated to over 80,000 members of the CMI.


  • Chartered Manager 1
    • Chartered Manager Skills 1.1
  • History 2
  • Membership 3
  • Qualifications 4
    • General Management and Leadership 4.1
    • Coaching and Mentoring Awards 4.2
    • N/SVQs 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6
  • See also 7

Chartered Manager

The Chartered Management Institute is the only body able to award Chartered Manager status in the UK. The Chartered Manager process requires candidates to demonstrate how they have developed as a manager and how they have applied their leadership and change management skills to achieve significant business impact.[2]

The Chartered Manager process requires a candidates skills and behaviours as a manager to be assessed via the following steps:

  • A self and peer group appraisal reflecting on their use of essential management skills in day-to-day work.
  • Submission of their CPD record showing how they have developed your management skills and kept them up to date.
  • A demonstration of how they have applied their leadership and change management skills to achieve significant business impact.
  • A panel interview

Chartered Manager Skills

Essential management skills[3]

Leading People

  • Provide clear purpose and direction
  • Inspire trust, respect and shared values
  • Communicate clearly and succinctly
  • Develop and support individuals and team members
  • Resolve problems and conflicts with positive outcomes
  • Consistently apply strategic thinking
  • Adapt leadership style to take account of diverse situations

Managing Change

  • Encourage others to be creative and innovative
  • Identify opportunities for change and development
  • Scope, plan and drive change
  • Manage others through the change process
  • Take account of all stakeholder issues

Meeting Customer Needs

  • Develop effective customer relationships
  • Create customer-driven improvements to products or services
  • Manage activities to meet customer requirements
  • Work to improve levels of customer service and satisfaction

Managing Information and Knowledge

  • Establishe information management and communications systems
  • Provide and use appropriate information to support decision-making
  • Develop and exploit organisational knowledge and skills
  • Manage complexity to positive effect

Managing Activities and Resources

  • Optimise use of financial and other resources
  • Increase operational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Plan and prioritise projects and activities
  • Deliver on time, to budget and to the standard required


  • Demonstrate resilience in achieving personal goals
  • Use appropriate levels of influence and persuasion
  • Apply good professional and ethical practice
  • Develop effective personal networks



  • 1945 - Sir Stafford Cripps, the President of the Board of Trade appointed a Committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Cive Baillieu (President of the Federation of British Industries - the forerunner of the CBS) to formulate detailed proposals for the establishment of a central institution for all aspects related to management.

One of the reasons behind this move was the realisation that, although there were professional bodies representing functional activities, there was no comparable body for general management thinking and for the development and promotion of better management.

  • 1947 - Following the recommendations of the Baillieu Report, the British Institute of Management (BIM) was formed.
  • 1951 - The UK's first Diploma in Management Studies was introduced by the BIM and the Ministry of Education.
  • 1987 - The BIM, in conjunction with other bodies, issued two pivotal reports, The making of British managers (John Constable and Roger McCormick), and The making of managers (Charles Handy). These reports led to the formation of the National Forum for Management Education and Development (NFMED) and, subsequently, the Management Charter Initiative (MCI), which spearheaded the issue of the world's first competency-based national management standards.
  • 1992 - BIM merged with the Institution of Industrial Managers (IIM) to form the Institute of Management (IM). The awarding body status of the IIM was transferred to the new Institute.
  • 2000 - The Institute accredited its 250th approved centre to deliver IM management qualifications.
  • 2002 - The Institute of Management was awarded a Royal Charter and became the Chartered Management Institute.
  • 2002 - The Institute's management qualifications were recognised as part of the UK's National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education.
  • 2002 - The Institute of Interim Management by mutual agreement with the CMI, gained an independent status.
  • 2003 - The Chartered Manager designation was launched.
  • 2005 - The [5]


  • Student - Must be studying a relevant management qualification at any level.
  • Affiliate - Requires no experience or qualifications.
  • Associate (ACMI) - Requires a management qualification at Certificate, Diploma or S/NVQ level OR a minimum of 3 years management experience. This grade carries entitlement to use the designatory letters ACMI.
  • Member (MCMI) - Requires a management qualification at degree level/equivalent AND a minimum of 3 years management experience. This grade carries entitlement to use the designatory letters MCMI.
  • Fellow (FCMI) - Requires a management qualification at degree level/equivalent AND a minimum of 10 years’ management experience, three of which must be at a strategic level. This grade carries entitlement to use the designatory letters FCMI and is granted by an Assessment Panel
  • Companion (CCMI) - The most senior grade of membership, awarded by invitation only.[6]


General Management and Leadership

Each level follows a format whereby a number of credits gained lead to an Award (which develops basic skills and knowledge appropriate to that level), Certificate (covers a broader area and builds on knowledge gained in the award), and Diploma (where a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge are gained.[7]

  • Level 2 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Team Leading
  • Level 3 Award, Certificate & Diploma in First Line Management
  • Level 4 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Management and Leadership
  • Level 5 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Management and Leadership
  • Level 6 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Management and Leadership
  • Level 7 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Level 8 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Strategic Direction and Leadership

Coaching and Mentoring Awards

The CMI also accredits Coaching and Mentoring qualifications to support the development of coaching and mentoring skills and techniques of individuals, teams and achieve objectives.[8]

  • Level 3 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 5 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 7 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring


  • Level 2 S/NVQ in Team Leading
  • Level 3 S/NVQ in Management
  • Level 4 S/NVQ in Management
  • Level 5 S/NVQ in Management

Management and Leadership qualifications can be accessed through accredited centres. When choosing the correct management qualification to study it is important to first choose the correct level of qualification, which will largely be driven by experience and previous study. Level 5 qualification are degree level equivalent and level 7 equates to postgraduate masters level. Once the correct level of qualification has been chosen it is then possible to decide on the size of the qualification.[9]


  1. ^ Ofqual Register
  2. ^ CMI website accessed 02/03/2007
  3. ^ Chartered Manager Skill PDF, retrieved 02/03/2007
  4. ^ CMI website accessed 02/03/2007
  5. ^
  6. ^ CMI - CMI Companions retrieved 05 Feb 2012
  7. ^ Charting all CMI Qualifications
  8. ^ Training Reference (website accessed 02/07/2010
  9. ^ website accessed 02/10/2010

External links

  • Chartered Management Institute

See also

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