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Certified Manager Certification

About the Certified Manager (CM®) Certification

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The CM is a general management certification for managers in any industry and a reliable indicator of managerial competence and leadership potential. The program can be completed anywhere in the world in a variety of study formats.

Program Description

The CM certification consists of 3 CM course modules - Management Skills I: Foundations of Management, Management Skills II: Planning and Organizing, and Management Skills III: Leading and Controlling. Each module includes a study manual, access to the ICPM e-Learning Center, practice exams and a certification exam.

Exam Description

The CM certification is earned by passing 3 challenging CM exams which assess management competency. The CM exams are taken online through the ICPM e-Learning Center. US versions of each of the 3 exams consist of 120 multiple-choice questions. International exams consist of 100 questions. Exams are graded monthly and results are reported as pass or fail. In accordance with accreditation standards the number or percentage of correct answers is not disclosed.  Click for more details.

Exam Proctoring

Certified Manager exams must be proctored and should be taken without assistance from others, notes or reference materials. All CM applicants whose applications were approved on or after October 1, 2015 must take proctored exams and may choose to use either an online proctor or in-person proctor. ICPM has partnered with ProctorU to provide live, secure online proctoring for the FoM exam. ProctorU's unique system combines the convenience of online testing with the security of live proctoring. Candidates can test anywhere they have internet access on almost any computer. A web-cam and microphone are required. No special software is needed. Learn more . . .

CM candidates may also elect to employ an in-person proctor. This is the traditional method of having a person in the testing room to observe and monitor test takers. Applicants who choose this option are responsible for finding their own exam proctor and providing their contact information to ICPM at least 2 weeks in advance of their intdended testing date. Prospective exam proctors must be pre-approved by ICPM. Learn More.

US CM applicants whose applications were approved prior to October 1, 2015 are NOT required to take proctored exams.

Applying to the CM Program

Applications are submitted online. To be approved, a candidate must agree to abide by the ICPM Code of Ethics and meet eligibility standards. Eligibility is determined by a point system based on both experience and education. Approved applicants have a maximum of 15 months in which to pass the CM exams.

Recognition & Recertification

New CMs receive a Self - Promotion Kit to help make the most of their CM certification. The kit includes 2 copies of the official CM Certificate, a copy of the ICPM Code of Ethics and a CM lapel pin. Certified Managers are required to recertify annually to maintain a high level of performance and retain the right to use the CM professional credential.

Pricing/Certification Fees

Three payment options are available for the CM program

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Option 1 - Bundle Pricing

The bundle allows you to save over $50 off the cost of the CM program. It includes everything needed to become certified:

  • CM application fee
  • 3 CM study manuals
  • 3 CM certification exams
  • ICPM Online Learning Center access

Price - $745.00 + shipping and handling

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Option 2 - Module Pricing

Allows you to split the cost of the CM program into 3 equal payments, one for each module. A module includes:

  • CM application fee
  • 1 CM study manual
  • 1 CM certification exam
  • ICPM Online Learning Center access

Price - $265.00 + shipping and handling each module

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Option 3 - Application and Exam fees only

For customers who don't need (or want) the CM study manuals.Includes:

  • CM application fee
  • 3 CM certification exams
  • ICPM Online Learning Center access

Price - $495.00

Each year ICPM awards several scholarships to eligible applicants interested in enhancing their managerial skills and increasing their professional recognition with the CM® Certification. Recipients are chosen based on merit, rather than financial need.

US Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Three programs provide financial assistance to qualifying active duty and former US military personnel and their families:

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