Is a CMI qualification worth it?

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the benchmark professional body in the world of management and leadership. As well as setting standards for quality in the field, this widely respected and firmly established professional body offers various qualifications and has partnered with other learning institutions in the industry by accrediting courses for them. 

A CMI qualification is synonymous with quality training in your field and is an assurance to any hiring professionals that you have the skills to perform in your role.

In this post, we will review some of the kinds of things you’ll learn on a CMI course, before moving on to the reasons why a CMI course is worth the investment.

What you’ll learn on a CMI-accredited course

CMI courses vary greatly, with Level 5 courses focusing more on core management skills and Level 7 ones concentrating their attention more on the strategic aspects of management. 

When you enrol in a CMI course, you’ll learn about aspects such as understanding the traits of good leaders, self-awareness as a leader, how teams operate, and how to motivate others through effective coaching and mentoring. You’ll also study topics including leading teams through change, and devising and implementing strategies, or embedding a culture of coaching and mentoring into your organisation.

Why is a CMI qualification worth the investment?

Courses will have different outcomes, depending on the course and the position at which you are in your career. There are numerous reasons why you should invest in a CMI course. We’ve selected seven of the main ones.

1. CMI qualifications are nationally recognised, making them a major addition to your CV

Chartered Management status and the acronym ‘CMI’ are synonymous with quality and excellence, and qualifications accredited by the body are nationally recognised. Anyone who understands the industry will appreciate the importance of them on your CV and consider hiring you. They know you’ll have received training of a superb standard and are proficient in your role.

2. The CMI reviews content thoroughly before accrediting it

The CMI has outlined its Professional Standards of best practice in management and leadership, and these standards underpin everything it offers, from qualifications, through to continuing professional development (CPD). If the CMI is going to accredit training, it’s going to scrutinise the course content thoroughly before allowing the course provider to put its name to the qualification. You can be sure you’re receiving high-quality training.

3. CMI-accredited courses teach valuable skills you can apply directly in the workplace

CMI courses are practical and efficient. The courses help you to build practical skills and theoretical knowledge that you can then apply in your workplace. These could be coaching skills, decision making, strategy formation, analysis of yourself as a leader, conflict management, or other skills. You’ll complete the course having acquired tools that you can utilise in your place of business.

4. CMI courses allow the flexibility to achieve and still fulfil your employment commitments

The CMI offers flexibility in its training so that you can study remotely, making it easier to fulfil your employment commitments while still receiving training to become a better manager. At In Professional Development, we operate several of our CMI-accredited courses online, especially because of the need for social distancing in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

5. The CMI-accredited course range features a wide variety of titles to align with your interests

Managers must develop a seemingly infinite range of skills: delegation, organisation, interpersonal, coaching and mentoring, planning, motivation, communication, strategic thinking, and more. The range of CMI courses available enables you to look at the skills in which you’re most interested in more depth and reinforce them. You can return to your duties feeling more confident in your capabilities and assured you’ll excel well. 

6. The CMI-accredited course range consists of different levels to suit your current skill set

The purpose of CMI courses is to help you become a better manager, to become one that performs in line with the body’s high standards for professionals in the industry. The different CMI course levels facilitate learning in line with your skill set as a manager, and as you progress from the lower levels through to the higher ones, you can also make the journey from line management, through to middle management, through to senior management, strengthening your core skills at each level.

7. A CMI qualification can distinguish you from colleagues and give you prospects of a promotion

Achieving a CMI qualification rewards you with a potential competitive edge. The specialised training that you’ve taken can make you much more appealing when organisations are evaluating employee performance and considering who to promote. If your colleagues haven’t invested their time in studying for a CMI qualification, you’ll be placing yourself in a stronger place of contention for promotion.

Book a CMI-accredited course with us

Studying for a CMI qualification creates scope for you to develop robust management skills and to further your career, progressing from lower levels of management through to senior management. The range of levels and courses makes it possible for you to focus extensively on specific skills or areas of knowledge you need to acquire, or on which you wish to expand, at the most appropriate level and benefit from your training. 

Put yourself in the best position to succeed in your role, by booking a place on one of our CMI- accredited courses? For further advice, you can email us at, contact us via the message form on our Contact Page or call us on 0161 826 3139. We’ll provide you with information and recommendations to help you choose the best course for you.

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