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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.

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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