CMC Certification

Certified Management Consultant (CMC) is a competency-based management consultant certification scheme open to full members of IMC. It is an internationally recognized certification recognized in 58 countries and is conferred by Management Consulting Institutes that are members of CMC-Global (ICMCI), the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.  IMC Australia is a founding member of CMC-Global and has sole responsibility of awarding CMC status in Australia.


Many professionals of differing disciplines identify themselves as management consultants.  Often profession leaders who have worked directly in an industry will make the move to set-up a practice delivering management advice to that and related industries.  A select number of these consultants decide to certify themselves with the CMC designation.  Practitioners who carry the CMC mark set themselves apart in the marketplace, and with their clients, as professional management consultants.

The CMC mark provides clients with the confidence that they have engaged a professional who will deliver the highest level of management consulting through assurance that the management consultant has:

  • Completed a rigorous certification process
  • A record of successful assignments
  • The endorsement of recognised practitioners
  • Demonstrated an ongoing commitment to management consulting as a both a profession and a career
  • A record of continuing professional development
  • Committed to the IMC Code of Ethics. 


  • Awarded by the Institute of Management Consultants
  • Credibility with Clients
  • Membership of the global management consulting community
  • Route for engagement with the Profession outside of your own practice
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing Professional Development\Provides a competitive edge through CMC post-nominals
  • Internationally portable award with recognition in over 50 countries.


To be eligible to apply, you must meet the strict certification requirements of the CMC Standard and demonstrate:

  1. Continuous practice as a management consultant during the last three years
  2. Relevant qualifications and experience in your professional field:
    1. A relevant professional or academic qualification (degree level or higher), or
    2. Relevant experience gained in consulting or managerial roles in your primary area of technical specialisation, or
    3. An unrelated first degree followed by an accredited development program over a minimum of a twelve month period
  3. Competence against all areas in the Competency Framework
  4. Clients who value your contribution, delivery and impact you make to their business
  5. Full current professional membership of IMC and adherence to the Code of Ethics and Consultant’s Pledge

Application Process

In order to apply for assessment for CMC certification, you need to:

  1. You should ensure that you are very familiar with the three elements of the Standard:
    1. the CMC Competence Framework.  (Download below)
    2. the ICMCI Common Body of Knowledge. (Download below)
    3. the IMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Be a current, financial member of the Institute of good standing and character at the grade of Associate or above (Affiliates are not eligible).
  3. Complete the CMC Application Form and attach (Download below):
    1. Certified copies of your professional qualifications.
    2. A current CV or resume.
    3. Summaries of three (3) recent management consulting projects including client reference details (no more than two A4 pages for each summary). 
  4. Submit your application and pay the Application Fee ($AUS 575.00 plus GST) required to commence your application processing. Add to cart

Assessment Process

CMC is a competency-based qualification which requires you to demonstrate sufficient, relevant and timely evidence of your competency as a management consultant. The assessment process will test your competency against the CMC Standard Competence Framework.

The assessment process comprises the following steps:

  1. Review of completed application by CMC Chair to check your eligibility
  2. Application forwarded to Assessment Panel comprising Chief Assessor and a Chapter CMC for assessment by:
    1. Assessment interview including a 10-15 minute candidate presentation
    2. Conducting two client referee checks
  3. Review of all evidence against the Competency Framework by the Assessment Panel to ensure a minimum of two (2) forms of evidence for each competency area as required by CMC-Global preferred methods
  4. Recommendation to CMC Chair by Assessment Panel
  5. Award of CMC by CMC Chair on behalf of IMC endorsed by Federal Council
CMC Application Form
(Adobe PDF File)

Become a CMC

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