"Management consultants are those organizations and/or individuals that participate in the process of management consulting within a framework of appropriate and relevant professional disciplines and ethics designed for the activity of management consulting."
Source: Institute of Management Consultancy, definition in self-regulation paper (the Institute of Management Consultancy, the UK equivalent of IMC USA, merged in April 2007 with the Institute of Business Advisers to form the Institute of Business Consulting)
In May 2015, IMC USA was accredited as a ISO/IEC 17024:2003 Certifying Body for the CMC®, and the IMC USA Competency Framework was combined with the IMC USA CMC® Eligibility Standard 1 to form the IMC USA Competency Framework - Certification Scheme for the Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®),a comprehensive overview of the certification process.
The Management Consulting Competency Framework defines the competencies and standards for management consultants, and forms the basis of the IMC USA's Certified Management Consultant® qualification (CMC®). The competencies presented herein set forth the knowledge, skills and behaviors required of successful management consultants. There are three levels of progression: early (technical expert), advanced (expert management consultant and CMC®), and mastery (CMC® widely recognized for expertise and actively sought by senior level executives), all underpinned by professional behaviors and ethics.