The Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®) designation is the Gold Standard that executives should take into account when selecting a management consultant. Recognized in 47 nations across the globe including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, China, and many others, CMCs are recognized as experts in their profession; the Mark represents their achieving highest standards of excellence and ethical practices as a professional consultant.
The earning of the CMC by a management consultant is no trivial matter; it can be likened to an attorney passing the Bar examination, an accountant receiving a CPA, or an engineer obtaining their PE license. Competency based, a CMC candidate must submit to the most rigorous vetting process in the profession that includes receiving satisfaction surveys from clients, taking in-depth examinations covering consulting competencies and ethics, and sitting for a panel interview by fellow CMCs.
Here are some of the requirements for the CMC®:
- Experience: CMCs are required to be current consultants, not part-timers – and that three of the past five years have been in delivering consulting services, e.g., higher education consulting, strategic planning, change management, board governance consulting, etc.
- Education: CMCs are required to have at least a bachelors (4-year) degree; most have advanced degrees in their areas of expertise.
- References: Candidates must provide five satisfactory client evaluations from officers or executives of client organizations for whom they have provided consulting services.
- Engagements: Candidates must provide at least three comprehensive written summaries of previous consulting engagements. These will be used as part of the oral examination of the certification process.
- Competence: The certification process is competency based. Candidates must submit to a qualifying written examination followed by an oral examination with senior CMC® examiners, all of which are designed to show the candidate’s professional competence, currency, and experience as spelled out in IMC USA’s Competency Framework – CMC® Scheme.
- Ethics: Ethics is a very large part of the certification process, and both written and oral examinations on the IMC Code of Ethics and ethical aspects of consulting must be passed.
Accordingly, when you hire a consultant who has earned their CMC, you can be confident s/he has a history of excellent performance in delivering results to clients; has met world-class standards of competence, ethics, and client satisfaction; and has maintained this level of professionalism through education and periodic certification renewal.
Less than 1% of all consultants worldwide have achieved this level of excellence. For more information on the Institute of Management Consultants USA or the CMC, visit IMC USA’s website at https://www.imcusa.org.