Why choose a CMC
When you use the sevices of a management consultant who has the international qualification CMC, it means that he or she is a Certified Management Consultant and has met strict certification requirements of the Institute of Management Consultants in his or her country. If that Institute is a member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (as the Instititue of Management Consultants New Zealand is), the initials mean the consultant has met world class standards of competence, ethics and independence, and is eligible for reciprocity between ICMCI member institutes. These standards include:
Requirements of a CMC
Three years in management consulting
Recognized degree or professional qualification or additional five years in management consulting in lieu of a degree
- Time spent
Able to demonstrate that in the last three years, management consulting has been a significant part of their activity. This can include consulting with clients; selling, managing and / or supporting consulting activity; preparing for and teaching consultancy; publishing and writing on consultancy
Owner or employee of a firm in independent practice, or internal consultant in organization meeting institute's independence criteria
Qualification Process for CMC status
Structured interview to test knowledge of the code of professional conduct and common body of knowledge
Two sponsors who are full Members or Fellows (CMC, FCMC, MIMC, FIMC, or equivalent)
Written descriptions of three consulting engagements and three client references verified through interview
CMC's pledge in writing to abide by their Institute's code of professional conduct. Their adherence to this code signifies voluntary assumption of self-discipline above and beyond the requirements of law. Every institute member of ICMCI has such a code which meets the minimum standards of ICMCI. Institutes enforce their code by receiving and investigating complaints of violations and by taking disciplinary action, including revocation of certification, against any member who is found guilty of code violation.
The initials FCMC or FIMC designate a Certified Management Consultant who is also a Fellow of his or her institute. In some countries, the ICMCI member institute may use the designations MIMC and FIMC to signify (certified) Member or Fellow of that Institute of Management Consultants. These consultants are internationally qualified as CMC and FCMC or FIMC.
In selecting management consultants, clients are well advised to seek individuals who meet the profession's own standards of competence, ethics, and independence. Institute certification is a valuable aid in this quest. It is the mark of excellence among management consultants.