National Credential
Credential: Certified Manager (CM)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM)

The Certified Manager (CM) is a general management certification. It is appropriate for supervisors, managers and leaders at all levels, in any industry, and benefits certificate recipients and their organizations. The CM program consists of 3 course modules of which each includes a study manual, online learning resources, practice exams and a certification exam. To earn the CM certification one must pass three certification exams. Successful completion of the CM exams is a reliable indicator that an individual possesses the skills that leaders and managers need. Eligibility for the CM certification is determined by a point system that considers both experience and education. A candidate must have at least 10 points including at least 3 Education points, and at least 4 Experience points. Candidates may count a maximum of 6 Education points and 7 Experience Points toward eligibility. Those who do not qualify for CM status may still participate in the CM program if they have met at least one of the minimum eligibility requirements. These individuals will earn Associate Certified Manager (ACM) status upon completion of the program. An ACM may earn full CM status through additional education and/or experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Manager (CM)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted AG-Aerographer's Mate Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted AO-Aviation Ordnanceman Rating other      
Enlisted AZ-Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Rating other      
Enlisted BM-Boatswain's Mate Rating other      
Enlisted CMDCM-Command Master Chief Rating some  Navy Bucks    E8 Pay Grade
Enlisted CMDCS-Command Senior Chief Rating some  Navy Bucks    E8 Pay Grade
Enlisted CS-Culinary Specialist Rating most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted CSS-Culinary Specialist Submarine Rating most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted CTI-Cryptologic Technician Interpretive Rating most  Navy Bucks    E7 Pay Grade
Enlisted CTM-Cryptologic Technician Maintenance Rating other      
Enlisted CTN-Cryptologic Technician Networks Rating other      
Enlisted CTR-Cryptologic Technician Collection Rating other      
Enlisted EMN-Electricians Mate, Nuclear Power Rating some  Navy Bucks    E6 Pay Grade
Enlisted ETN-Electronics Technician, Nuclear Power Rating most  Navy Bucks  Gap Analysis  E6 Pay Grade
Enlisted ETR-Electronics Technician, Submarine, Communications Rating other      
Enlisted ETV-Electronics Technician, Submarine, Navigation Rating most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted FCA-Fire Controlman Aegis Rating other      
Enlisted FC-Fire Controlman Rating other      
Enlisted FT-Fire Control Technician Rating some  Navy Bucks    E6 Pay Grade
Enlisted LS-Logistics Specialist Rating most  Navy Bucks  Gap Analysis  E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted LSS-Logistics Specialist Submarine Rating most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted MA-Master-At-Arms Rating other      
Enlisted MC-Mass Communication Specialist Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted MMN-Machinists Mate, Nuclear Power Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted MT-Missile Technician (Submarines) Rating other      
Enlisted MU-Musician Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted NCC-Navy Counselor (Career) Rating some  Navy Bucks    E6 Pay Grade
Enlisted NCR-Navy Counselor (Recruiter) Rating some  Navy Bucks    E7 Pay Grade
Enlisted PS-Personnel Specialist Rating most  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted RP-Religious Program Specialist Rating some  Navy Bucks    E6 Pay Grade
Enlisted SB-Special Warfare Boat Operator Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted STG-Sonar Technician Surface Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted STS-Sonar Technician Submarine Rating other      
Enlisted YNS-Yeoman Submarine Rating most  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted YN-Yeoman Rating most  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted 3M - Preventive Maintenance Manager Collateral Duty some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted Field Recruiter/Canvasser Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Craftmaster Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted Leader (All enlisted E-4 and above) Collateral Duty some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted Naval Special Warfare/Reconnaissance Medic Out of Rate Assignment other      
Enlisted SEL - Senior Enlisted Leader Out of Rate Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Officer 111X - Surface Warfare URL Designator some      
Officer 123X - Permanent Military Professor (RL) Designator most      
Officer 152X - Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (Aerospace Maintenance) Designator some      
Officer 166X - Strategic Sealift Officer Designator other      
Officer 290X - Nurse Corps Officer Designator other      
Officer 643X - Bandmaster LDO Designator some      
Officer LEADER - Commanding Officer/Executive Officer/Officer in Charge Collateral Duty some      
Officer LEADER - Dept Head/Division Officer Collateral Duty some      
Officer Recruiting Officer Out of Designator Assignment other      

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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LaDR (Learning and Development Roadmap) icons call out credentials that are "highly recommended" (but not mandatory) for a particular pay grade because they complement the training, experience, and competency of that paygrade. You are NOT restricted from attempting credentials recommended for senior & junior pay grades (as long as you meet all eligibility requirements).

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The Registered Apprenticeship icon indicates that this job has an apprenticeship program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Certified Manager (CM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM)
On the Campus of James Madison University
MSC 5504
Harrisonburg, VA  22807
Phone: (540) 568-3247
Fax: (540) 801-8650
Email: info@icpm.biz

Certified Manager (CM)

Certified Manager (CM) candidates must have a combined total of 10 or more points to be eligible for certification. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 education points (up to a maximum of 6) and a minimum of 4 experience points (up to a maximum of 7). Points are assigned as follows:

  • High school graduation (or equivalent) = 1 point
  • College Education = 1 point per year completed; 1/2 point per 1/2 year completed
  • 40 hours of management training = 1 point
  • Other certifications = 1 point each (max = 2)
Full-time work or military service:
  • Management/leadership position - 1 point per year
  • Non-management/leadership position - 1/2 point per year
Part-time work or military service:
  • Management/leadership position - 1/2 point per year
  • Non-management/leadership position - 1/4 point per year

The Certified Manager (CM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must also agree to follow the ICPM Code of Ethics.
  • U.S. military service should be documented by a form DD214 or Statement of Service.

Certified Manager (CM)

  • Management Fundamentals
  • Manager vs. Leader
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • The Global Environment
  • Managing for Sustainability
  • Effective Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Using Information Technology
  • The Legal Environment and Risk Management
  • Economics and Business
  • Planning and Strategy
  • Value-Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Structure and Culture
  • Building Teams and Workgroups
  • Human Resource Management
  • Workforce Diversity
  • Coaching and Feedback
  • Networking and Mentoring
  • Facilitating Effective Meetings
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Managing Change
  • Conflict, Politics, and Negotiation
  • Managing Misbehavior
  • Time and Stress Management
  • Organizational Control
  • Operations Control
  • Accounting and Financial Information
  • Financial Management

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Manager (CM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Manager (CM)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Manager (CM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates must complete and report 45 management/leadership-related professional development units (PDUs) every three years for recertification.