Effective leadership is as much about persuading others that you have the skills and the character to lead effectively as it is doing so.

Achieving a qualification on a Chartered Management Institute (CMI)-accredited course is one way to accomplish the above. Qualifications from courses provided or accredited by this professional body inform hiring managers that the candidate in front of them has the skills to perform successfully in the role.

Below, we discuss CMI qualifications in more depth and what they can help you achieve. The post features testimonials from people who have participated in our own CMI courses, and we discuss some of the courses we run at In Professional Development, including a brief look at the entry requirements for studying on a CMI-accredited course.

What is a CMI qualification?

A CMI qualification is a qualification accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, the benchmark professional body for standards in the management and leadership industry. Participants in the courses receive learning they can apply directly in the workplace, will increase their productivity, and transform them into a conscious leader.

What is a CMI qualification?

Is CMI a recognised qualification?

Technically, ‘CMI’ refers to the body that awards the qualification, but CMI qualifications are nationally recognised. The presence of a CMI qualification on your CV is a big advantage.

Is CMI a recognised qualification?

Are CMI qualifications worth it?

Taking the time to study for a CMI qualification is a worthwhile investment. The institute designs its qualifications to equip leadership and management professionals with the tools, support, and guidance to tackle professional challenges successfully. Not only this, but the CMI is also the only Chartered body in leadership and management. Its qualifications are a benchmark for global excellence.

Are CMI qualifications worth it?

What are the different CMI levels?

It’s possible to study for eight different levels of CMI qualification, and you can study for awards, certificates, or diplomas. As well as a brief outline of each qualification, below we shine a spotlight on Level 5 and Level 7 qualifications, for which you can study with us here at In Professional Development.

Courses at these levels are ideal if you’re a supervisor or first-line manager. They cover a broad range of topics, including project management, resource management, and leading teams.

Level 4 qualifications are more appropriate if you’re a mid-level management professional. They focus on developing core management skills, such as recruitment, resource management, and information management.

Level 5 qualifications are more appropriate if you’re a mid-level management professional. They focus on developing core management skills, such as recruitment, resource management, and information management.

If you’re reporting to a senior manager, a level 5 qualification can help you ascend to the same level as them in the management ladder. These courses intend to help you lead teams effectively, follow the organisational strategy and deliver on the aims and objectives of the organisation, and set out your career path so that you can progress to a more senior level.

At In Professional Development, we offer Level 5 certificates. These certificates help you work towards a Level 5 Diploma in the course matter, the diploma serving as an equivalent to a foundational degree or Higher National degree (HND). This is not quite as intense as a bachelor’s degree, which is equivalent to academic Level 6.

Qualifications at level 6 are for senior management professionals. This is because they focus more on strategy and achieving effective performance from yourself, from your team, and for the wider organisation.

Qualifications at level 7 are for senior management professionals. This is because they focus more on strategy and achieving effective performance from yourself, from your team, and for the wider organisation.

If you’re highly ambitious, a Level 7 qualification will be of interest to you. The qualification is for senior managers, people who are directly accountable for the achievement of solid performance within an organisation. Level 7 qualifications focus on strategy and on how to apply it to operations and generate results.

We offer Level 7 certificate courses in several areas of leadership and management, which can work towards a diploma, which would be equivalent to a postgraduate qualification such as a master’s degree, postgraduate diploma, or postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

If you’re a C-level management professional, then a level 8 qualification is for you. Only the CMI itself offers this qualification.

What CMI Level 5 qualification can help you achieve professionally

Level 5 courses will help you to achieve different things, depending on the course you choose. Ultimately, you’ll be able to lead teams more effectively for your organisation because the courses will foster the skills and build your knowledge to tackle the different challenges of your role, and naturally, they’ll prepare you to progress to a higher level of management.

If you take a CMI Level 5 course in leadership and management, for example, you’ll learn how to apply the use of enquiry so that you develop your capabilities as a leader; be able to incorporate leadership and management development into your workplace in a practical way and solidify it; and build the skills to leverage and influence others, acting as a ‘silent leader’.

A Level 5 coaching and mentoring course adopts a different approach. You’ll develop stronger communication skills, and you’ll become more open to greater opportunities for learning and personal development. You’ll strengthen your self-awareness, self-confidence, and leadership ability, and you’ll form the ability to confirm whether other coaches or mentors in the organisation have the skills, knowledge, and ethical understanding to deliver results.

Your organisation will benefit greatly, too, from your attendance on the course. Enrolling on the courses demonstrates your commitment to helping others build their skills and develop, and the organisation can look forward to higher levels of productivity and better organisational performance. Your training will facilitate any changes the organisation believes are necessary to its culture or management, and it can reduce costs and grow the business further.

In our blog post on Level 5 CMI qualifications, you can find out more about how a qualification can help you professionally.

What a CMI Level 7 can help you achieve professionally

The focus of Level 7 qualifications moves away from direct management and towards more strategic aspects of management and on yielding results for the organisation. Each course will have different results in terms of how they will enhance your career development.

A CMI Level 7 Senior Leadership course, for example, will allow you to develop an appreciation of how strategic leaders will encounter different expectations from others than operational leaders, as well as to learn the most valuable skills, traits, and behaviours to lead successfully. You’ll learn how to develop strategies so that you can review your performance and gain insight into your behaviours, which then paves the way for you to take action to improve; and to devise and implement strategies, applying the skills you’ve acquired on the course.

A CMI Level 7 Coaching and Mentorship course will build on existing skills and expand your understanding of coaching and how it works further. The training will teach you to instil a culture of coaching and mentoring into your organisation, show you how coaching relates to an organisation’s goals, and introduce you to the tools you can utilise to monitor the impact of the coaching. You’ll also gain knowledge of how conflict arises and how to manage it.

These are two examples of how CMI Level 7 qualifications can help you professionally. If you’re interested in going on a CMI Level 7 course, you’ll find our blog post in which we dive into greater detail about the benefits of this level of qualification.

Who do CMI qualifications suit most?

The different qualifications are customised to suit management professionals at specific levels. Essentially, CMI qualifications are for professionals who wish to improve their management skills to get the most out of their teams and become better leaders for their organisation.

Levels 2 and 3 will suit anyone from team leaders, supervisors, first-line managers, and other people who are in the early stages of their management journey. The courses will help you acquire the baseline skills of management, such as leading teams, and create a solid foundation of skills on which to build your career in management.

A course at these levels will build your confidence to fulfil your responsibilities effectively so that you can progress to middle management. They’re for ambitious people who have a desire to learn and excel as managers.

Levels 4 and 5 are designed for people who report to senior managers or business owners. Often, the participants will be aspiring heads of department, general managers, departmental directors, assistant directors, CEOs or managing directors.

The professionals who attend these courses will have a firm grasp of management basics already and be looking to deepen their management skills and expand their knowledge. They will work regularly with teams and other stakeholders, and normally, they wish to experience new challenges in their career and assume greater responsibility.

Course levels 6 and 7 are for people who have reached senior management level and are responsible for creating and implementing strategy across the wider organisation, and for ensuring that the strategies they put in place deliver effective performance from the organisation’s employees and generate results for the organisation. They will have had between 3 and 5 years or more of experience in management, especially at a higher level.

These professionals would like to develop exceptional skills that help them to perform their very best and, indirectly, to cope with the immense responsibility on their shoulders. They’re seeking an extensive grounding in strategy, and they are likely to play a major role in delivering change at an organisation. They have a firm commitment to learning, and they may even be looking to become business owners themselves in the future.

Only the CMI itself runs Level 8 courses, which are for C-level executives, including the CEO, which means they may also be business owners, organisational presidents or organisational chairs. They may be consultants or wishing to become consultants and be looking to serve on the board of other organisations.

CMI courses are highly versatile. Management professionals from many different industries or backgrounds can study them. Our CMI-accredited courses have served professionals in public sector management roles, not-for-profit organisations, healthcare, and education. The courses will also help leaders working in corporate and commercial roles.


We’ve been speaking very highly of our CMI-accredited courses, but we thought we’d share a few testimonials with you from professionals who have participated in our courses so that you can understand the advantages that course participants have gained from them in their own words.

You can read what others said about our CMI-accredited courses and other courses on our Testimonials Page, and how the courses helped them in their roles.

CMI courses at In Professional Development

At In Professional Development, we offer a range of CMI-accredited courses. Below is a brief overview of some of the main courses we offer and their key benefits.

This course is for managers in the healthcare sector and trains them on how to manage a GP practice. You’ll learn the key aspects of general practice management, how to create the best possible environment for patients and your colleagues, how to apply different coaching techniques to get the best from your team, and about the main issues in primary care and how they relate to practice managers. The course covers elements such as the following:

  • The role of the practice manager.
  • Leadership behaviours and evidence-based practice management.
  • Budget management.
  • Response to challenges in primary care.

Book your place on the CMI level 5 General Practice Manager Development Programme.

This course places a lot of focus on self-awareness. The course will train you to increase your self-awareness and take more responsibility for your self-development. You’ll learn to think and act strategically and form the ability to make informed evidence-based decisions. Importantly, you’ll develop the ability to motivate staff, create a high-performance culture, and sustain it.
Topics you’ll cover on the course include:

  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  • Leading people.
  • Forming positive relationships.
  • Analysing drivers for change.

Book your place on the CMI Level 5 Leadership and Management Programme.

The emphasis of this course is an emphasis on self-reflection, on understanding your strengths and weakness, and how to influence others. You’ll complement existing communication skills further, develop powerful self-awareness, and gain vast reserves of confidence. You’ll also be able to create plans with targets for improvement in your organisation.
Topics you’ll encounter on the course include:

  • The position of coaching and mentoring within organisational development
  • Tools for self-awareness and improvement
  • Building, developing, and leading high-performance teams
  • Embedding a successful, sustainable culture of coaching and mentoring

Book your place on the CMI Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Development Programme.

In this course, you’ll reflect upon leadership and derive insight into different approaches to leadership. You’ll learn how strategic leaders must deal with different expectations from the ones placed on operational leaders, and you’ll complete the course knowing how to develop strategic plans and form a vision for your area of service. You’ll also obtain greater insight into your behaviours and actions.
The course looks at the following:

  • Self as a leader.
  • Working in the strategic environment.
  • Business planning and strategy.
  • Improvement methodology and delivery.

Book your place on the CMI Level 7 Senior Leadership Programme.

Our course on digital leadership provides you with the tools, concepts, and perspectives to create strategies that respond to the ever-changing digital landscape. You’ll accumulate knowledge of the digital and social media revolutions taking place, and also enhance your awareness of ethical issues around digital business, codes of conduct, data protection, and more. You’ll become a robust digital leader that devises a strategy based around the organisation, rather than on the technology.
Some of the themes you’ll address during the course will be:

  • Understanding the digital environment.
  • Becoming a digital leader.
  • Digital strategy and implementation.

Book your place on our CMI Level 7 Digital Leadership Programme.

This course will benefit you if you’re responsible for implementing a coaching and mentoring strategy across your organisation or if you wish to improve your coaching skills. You’ll be able to manage conflict within the organisation better; instil a culture of mentoring and coaching into the organisation’s culture, with leaders demonstrating their commitment to the development of themselves and the improvement of their performance and of others’; and expand your self-awareness, self-confidence, and leadership capability.
Amongst other themes on the course, you’ll look at:

  • Key coaching models for formal and informal coaching conversations.
  • Managing conflict.
  • Motivational strategies.
  • Embedding a sustainable, successful coaching and mentoring culture.

Book your place on our CMI Level 7 Coaching and Mentoring Programme.

In this course, you’ll learn how to establish and lead teams effectively in diverse contexts. The course offers numerous benefits, including the development of the skills to form a clear vision, to evaluate a team’s performance, to invent new approaches to inspiring teams, and, importantly, of course, to form the personal strategies that will help you to create a high-performing team and deliver strong performance regularly.
While studying on the course, you’ll address topics such as:

  • Communication.
  • Values.
  • Plan development
  • Capability, and more.

Book your place on our CMI Level 7 Creating and Leading High-Performance Teams Programme

You can find more CMI courses on our CMI-accredited courses page.

What are the overall benefits of a CMI qualification?

Completing a CMI-accredited course prepares you with skills that you can employ immediately in your role. You’ll feel more confident in your abilities and, just as importantly, strike prospective employers, or those of anyone who has the authority to award you a promotion, as being a more credible candidate and capable of handling more responsibility.

The courses will help you to discover and define your style of management. As a natural and indirect outcome of this professional training, you’ll be able to cope with the pressures and challenges of management, and, in turn, reduce stress. It’s especially important to be able to lead effectively in times of change, and these courses prime you for that.

Course requirements

Requirements may vary, depending on the course you choose, but generally, you should have three years of experience in management at a middle management level for Level 5 courses, or at senior management level for Level 7. To study on a Level 8 course, you must be a C-suite management professional.

Book your course with us

We offer several different CMI-accredited courses to facilitate for you the acquisition and development of skills and credibility as a management professional, and to help you succeed in the world of management and leadership. From digital leadership to mentoring and coaching, through to straightforward leadership and management, we can offer courses to suit your requirements as a leader.

You can contact us at enquiries@inpd.co.uk, via a message on our Contact Page or by telephone on 0161 826 3139. We’re here to support you on your professional development journey and will be happy to advise you on the most suitable course(s) for you.