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What is The Institute of Management Consultants?
IMC USA is the professional association and certifying body for individual management consultants in the US. Our mission is to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education and professional resources..

When did IMC USA begin?
We were chartered in 1968 as an educational corporation in New York.

Why was IMC USA formed?
The Institute was created to support the professional competence and ethics of individual management consultants, and foster professionalism among consultants. Ultimately, we encourage members to learn from each other, improve their ability to provide effective counsel to their clients, and contribute to the profession and their communities.

Are you an advocacy group?
IMC USA is organized as a 501(c)(6), a "business league" devoted to the improvement of business conditions of the profession of management consulting. We are a professional association and not engaged in any regular business typically carried on by a commercial consulting firm. Trade associations and professional associations are considered to be business leagues. Although under our tax exempt status we are permitted to engage in lobbying activities, IMC USA has rarely engaged in such activities, choosing to instead focus on the professionalism of its members through certification, education and professional resources.

Is IMC USA a networking organization or lead share group?
As a professional association, IMC USA is focused on the development of technical competencies and ethics of its members. As part of this activity, IMC has formed geographic chapters and communities of practice where individual consultants may team with other members to serve clients or contribute to their communities through pro bono activities. Many experienced members have come to rely on their IMC network both to give and get consulting assignments they could not fulfill on their own. Although IMC is not primarily a lead sharing organization, the visibility that comes from active participation in IMC activities does lead to more requests for consulting services by other members.

Do I have to be a member to attend IMC USA events?
Most IMC events are open to the public, as are many professional development resources on this website. As a benefit of membership, prices for some events are reduced for members, and admission is restricted to members for other events. Our calendar listings will indicate pricing and which events are member only.

What kind of events does IMC USA host?
We host regular professional development events, distance learning through the Academy for Professional Development, national conferences, chapter sponsored pro bono activities, and online communities of practice.

Are there organizations like IMC USA in other countries?
Yes, IMC USA is a charter member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), which now has Institutes in more than forty countries, including Canada, UK, Germany, South Africa, India, Japan, Jordan, China and Russia. See for more information. Each IMC maintains its own governance, certification process and professional development activities, the certification standards are consistent across the globe. Although professional consultants may join any IMC, they must be certified in their country of residence or, if their country has no IMC, a nearby country.

Who can participate on the committees?
Any Professional or Certified member of IMC USA is eligible to participate on our committees. Some committees are open to any member who applies to join and others are by invitation or election. See the individual committee requirements in the committees page.

What are Communities of Practice?
IMC facilitates discussion and collaboration among professional consultants for selected industries (e.g., manufacturing, biotechnology, transportation), consulting specialties (e.g., strategy, process improvement, HR) and client types (e.g., small business, family business). Members may elect to start and moderate communities of practice. Each community has available to it a separate section of the IMC USA website with capabilities to host discussion forums, resource libraries, wikis, and event calendars, and can even syndicate their content.

Who are IMC USA members?
Any individual who has been engaged in the practice of management consulting for at least a year is eligible to become a Professional Member who, if they meet the international standards set by ICMCI, is eligible to become a Certified Member. IMC members span the range of experience, disciplines, industries and geography. Our members range from new solo practitioners to partners in large firms with 40 years of experience, are young and old, are located both in the US and overseas, and work in almost every discipline, industry and client type.

What is the value of membership?
Membership is what you make of it, like a gym membership. Your access to IMC resources and the capabilities of membership are an opportunity to get smart, get known and get business. Those members who actively participate in professional development, networking, speaking and community activities are well known by and know other members. These are ready resources when a need arises for expertise, teaming partners, referral and consultation, plus some interesting and enjoyable friendships. IMC also makes available access to and special pricing for educational and business resources for consultants through our strategic partners, use of which more than covers the cost of membership. Ultimately, the value of membership is demonstrating to yourself and to your clients that you are committed to the profession of management consulting and to excellence and ethics in its practice.

What are the different types of Membership?
Professional - our primary entry point for membership, requiring at least one year of experience in consulting and a commitment to consulting as your primary profession.
Certified - Professional Members who meet international standards of experience, client satisfaction, demonstrated competence and commitment to ethics, as well as passing oral and written examinations and a panel interview quality for certification. All member are bound by the IMC USA Code of Ethics and its enforcement procedures.
Student - individuals who are full time students and are not making a living from consulting
Affiliate - professional service providers who serve the consulting community

What is a Certification?
Certification is a recognition of accomplishment in consulting professionalism and ethics according to international standards. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation does not make you a successful consultant; it is recognition that you have the capabilities and knowledge to become successful. Certification also does not mean your learning and growing is complete. A Professional Member may apply for certification and join the 10,000 CMCs worldwide who have demonstrated experience (at least 3 years of progressive management responsibility for consulting engagements), client satisfaction (at least 5 client evaluations), knowledge of consulting skills and behaviors (a test of the Management Consulting Body of Knowledge), ethics (oral and written examinations), and general consulting capability (panel interview with senior consultants). There is a modest fee for certification and CMCs must renew their certification every three years by demonstrating continued professional development, ethics training, and continued practice of management consulting engagements.

How do I become a member?
Any individual who is committed to management consulting as a profession may apply for membership and, if accepted, is entitled to the benefits and privileges of their type of membership. The value of membership is fully realized when a member actively participates in his or her professional community through chapter activities or through communities of practice.

What other fees apply to participating in IMC USA?
While some activities hosted by IMC USA have associated registration fees, there is no financial obligation to IMC USA beyond annual membership dues.
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