National Credential
Credential: Certified Management Consultant - Basic
Credentialing Agency: Institute of Management Consultants

The Institute of Management Consultants, Certified Management Consultant - Basic credential is an intermediate-level certification recommended for individuals with at least 3 years of relevant experience. Individuals who have earned the Certified Management Consultant - Basic provide management objective advice and assistance relating to the strategy, structure, management and operations of an organization in pursuit of its long-term purposes and objectives. Such assistance may include the identification of options with recommendations and the provision of an additional resource or the implementation of solutions. Interested candidates must have 3 to 9 years of management consulting experience as independent or internal consultants with five satisfactory clients' evaluations. Applicants must also have either a Bachelor's degree or at least 5 years of work experience including 3 years of full time consulting plus significant professional education in management consulting. Candidates must pass a written and a Peer Review oral examination with three senior consultants who are Certified Management Consultants.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Management Consultant - Basic

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

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Officer LEADER - Commanding Officer/Executive Officer/Officer in Charge Collateral Duty other      

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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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Certified Management Consultant - Basic

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: 3 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

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Certified Management Consultant - Basic

Candidates must have a combined total of 40 or more points to be eligible for certification. Points are assigned as follows:

  • Education - minimum of 12 points are required, applicants who have not earned a bachelor's degree must earn at least 12 Continuing Professional Development points. IMC awards a maximum of 28 points in the Education category.
    • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) = 1 point per presentation, 2 points per course
    • Bachelor's degree = 6 points
    • Master's degree = 2 points
    • Terminal degree (e.g. PhD, DSC) = 2 points
  • Work Experience - candidates must document a minimum of 12 points (no more than 54 Work Experience points may be applied toward a candidate's point total.)
    • Non-consulting business experience = 1 point per year
    • Independent or internal consulting experience= 4 points per year, minimum of 3 years
    • Submit Application for the CMC with Engagement Summaries= 2 points per Engagement Summary, 3 minimum to 5 maximum required 
    • Submit satisfactory Client Evaluations = 2 points per evaluation, 5 minimum required 
  • IMC USA or Other Professional Activities - this category is not required, a maximum of 12 points may be awarded in this category.
    • Attend the IMC USA National Conference, NOW, or other regional conferences including those of other professional or trade organizations = 1 point per day of attendance
    • Taught a university or comparable course = 1 point per 3 hours of instruction
    • Publish magazine articles or books nationally = 1 point per book or article* Note, this includes electronic publication of articles or books, and operation of a blog.
    • Present at an IMC USA or other professional organization’s event or meeting= 1 point per session
    • Provide online instruction via webinar or similar delivery method = 1 point per session

The Certified Management Consultant - Basic credential has the following other requirements:

  • Agree to adhere to the IMC USA Code of Ethics.
  • Applicants should not have been subject to, or charged with, any:

    • felonies or misdemeanors directed related to consulting practice
    • civil legal action directly related to management consulting practice
    • consumer complaints filed with any state or federal consumer protection agency
    • disciplinary actions by a management consulting professional association.

Certified Management Consultant - Basic

  • Ethics
  • Core Competencies of Management Consulting
    • Client Business Insight
    • Consulting Business Insight
    • Functional Specialization
    • Engagement Management
    • Assignment Management
    • Consulting Knowledge
    • Consulting Process Technique
    • Tools and Methodologies
    • Analytical Skills
    • Risk and Quality Management
    • Ethics and Professionalism
    • Personal Interaction (Emotional Intelligence)
    • Continued Learning and Development
  • Candidates must be interviewed by three senior Certified Management Consultants to verify their technical competence and currency in their area of specialization as well as their understanding of the management consulting process.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Management Consultant - Basic 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 Management Consultant - Basic

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Management Consultant - Basic credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CMC is renewed every 3 years; the agency sets specific due dates for fees and form submission. The Institute of Management Consultants uses a point system to determine if the renewal is awarded. A total of 30 points must be earned; the points are divided in to categories– Education, Experience, Professional Outreach, and Professional Conduct and points must be earned in each category. Review the form and the agency recertification page for more details.