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Certification is one of the main reasons why IMC USA and more than 40 other management consulting institutes around the world exist. After you join IMC USA, you are strongly encouraged to pursue certification as evidence of your commitment to management consulting as a profession.

The Certified Management Consultant™ (CMC®) certification is awarded by the IMC USA to consultants who have met global standards of performance that includes professional standards in technical competency, ethics, consulting competencies, professional behavior, client and project management, and personal conduct.  

Here are some of the requirements for the CMC®:

  • Experience: Three years in practice as a full-time consultant, with engagement management responsibility.
  • Education: A degree from a four-year college or significant experience consulting to management.
  • References: Five satisfactory references from officers or executives of client organizations.
  • Engagements: Written summaries of five client assignments and a presentation to a panel.
  • Application: Written responses to an engagement case study, and a presentation to a panel.
  • Competence: A qualifying written examination and an oral review. You must demonstrate your professional competence, that you are current in your areas of specialization, that you have applied your experience, and that you have an understanding of the management consulting process and a common body of consulting knowledge.
  • Ethics: A written examination and oral interview on the IMC Code of Ethics and ethical aspects of consulting.
There is no requirement for membership in any professional association or to attend any specific course to apply for the CMC®; IMC USA awards the CMC® to members and non-members. Your CMC® certification fee is determined by your IMC USA member status. There are substantial advantages to joining IMC USA: networking, professional training at member rates, discount and Chapter activities.

How to Get Certified

Certified Members are eligible to participate in the CMC Network, a collaboration between CMCs to learn from each other at a senior level. The CMC Network convenes in person and virtual learning and networking events and affords CMCs the opportunity to team with each other for business development.

The CMC® is a registered certification mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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1a CMC Application, Recertification & Reciprocity

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Documents used to apply for and recertify the Certified Mananagement Consultant - CMC - certification.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
-- Frequently Asked Questions About Certification Link Administration 9/29/2011
-- Webinar: How To Complete the Application Link  more ] Administration 9/29/2011
-- Ethics Case Study Template for Recert Points DOC (53.5 KB) Administration 5/19/2013
The Value of the CMC® PPTX (791.18 KB) Administration 10/19/2013
-- Short webinar How to Complete Re-Certification Link  more ] Administration 10/19/2013
IMC USA CMC® Application/Re-certification Appeal DOC (45.5 KB)  more ] Administration 10/19/2013
ICMCI CMC® Reciprocity Rules PDF (75.33 KB)  more ] Administration 10/19/2013
Guildeline for Use to the CMC Certification Mark PDF (990.1 KB) Administration 2/26/2015
CMC Recertification Short Form PDF (49.54 KB) Administration 5/14/2018
CMC Recertification Long Form PDF (66.68 KB) Administration 5/14/2018
CMC Application Form DOC (851 KB) Administration 10/22/2018
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