Certification – CMC


CMC stands for Certified Management Consultant. This certification shows that a management consultant meets international standards of competence, education, experience, and ethical conduct.

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CMC is an international qualification recognised by over 50 member countries of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) – CMC Global. A minimum of three years consulting experience is required before a person is eligible to become a Certified Management Consultant after being interviewed by a panel of existing CMCs.

IMC New Zealand (IMC), as a Full Member of ICMCI, awards the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) mark of excellence. CMC identifies a management consultant whose competency is certified and recognised worldwide. It represents the highest standard in the management consulting profession.

For the purposes of certification, a Management Consultant is defined as:

“One who helps an organisation to solve issues, create value, maximise growth, and improve performance through the application of their knowledge, techniques and assets to provide objective advice, expertise and specialist skills which that organisation may be lacking”.

The CMC designation was initiated by the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Canada in 1972 and was adopted by the Institute of Management Consultants New Zealand in 1993.

CMCs in New Zealand are entitled to transfer their qualification to any other member country of the ICMCI, and to practice as a CMC in that country. Member countries include the USA, China, India, Japan, Canada, Australia, the UK and most of Asia and Europe.

When applying for CMC certification, you are assessed against the CMC Standard developed endorsed by the ICMCI. The Standard against which you will be assessed comprises the following elements:

  • Competence Framework – the cluster of related abilities, commitments, knowledge and skills that a management consultant should demonstrate - click here.
  • Common Body of Knowledge – a statement of topics that covers the scope of a management consultant’s work - click here.
  • Code of Professional Conduct – click here.

CMCs should be familiar with the information contained in all three of these documents and check that your application reflects your competency and understanding in each of these areas.

The CMC Certification Process

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Apply for CMC at the same time that you apply for Professional Membership - provide the necessary documents and pay the CMC application fee.
  2. Apply for CMC after you have attained IMC New Zealand Professional Membership - provide the necessary documents and pay the CMC application fee.

The CMC application fee is $250 plus GST. A discount is available for multiple applications from one company in a given year.

To ensure that the assessment process is balanced and fair, these steps are followed to assess a candidate’s competency against the Framework:

  • Candidate submits their CV (including management consulting history and details of three consulting engagements) & evidence of qualifications
  • Review of submitted documents
  • An interview, either face-to-face or by video conference for assessment of knowledge and ethics
  • Client reference checks
  • Consideration by IMC membership committee
  • Audit of process by CMC-Global

Apply here.