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the Certified Manager of Animal Resources Certification Program

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Obtain the CMAR designation from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

The CMAR certification program is designed to raise competency and professionalism in the field of Animal Resources Management. Obtaining the CMAR designation is a sign of professionalism in the filed of animal resources management.

CMAR Certification Quick Overview

  • - 90-hours of learning
  • - 3 study formats
  • - 3 multiple choice online exams
  • - CMAR certification upon passing exams
  • - Up to 15 months to complete

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Program Overview

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The CMAR is a joint certification program between the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

To earn the CMAR designation, candidates must apply to ICPM, meet eligibility standards for the Certified Manager (CM) program and pass all three CM exams. The CM exams are taken online through the ICPM e-Learning Center. Candidates apply online and pay for study materials, exam fees and application fees through ICPM's online store.

CMAR candidates must also pass the Animal Resources (AR) Exam, which is offered by AALAS. Upon passing all 4 exams a candidate will be awarded the CMAR designation. CMAR candidates are NOT awarded the CM designation in addition to the CMAR designation.

Get More Information About the Animal Resources Exams (AR)

More information about the AR portion of the CMAR certification is available from the AALAS website. You can also receive additional information regarding AR exam training and exam dates.

Learning Materials

Learning Materials

Applicants prepare for the CM exams using ICPM's custom developed program materials.

The Certified Managers program materials consist of 90 hours of learning organized into three modules:

Management Skills I:
Foundations of Management

Provides fundamental leadership and management skills and knowledge

Content Includes:
  • 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

Management Skills II:
Planning and Organizing

Provides skills and knowledge for improved planning and organizing.

Content Includes:
  • Planning and Strategy
  • Value-Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Structure and Culture
  • Building Team and Work Groups
  • Human Resource Management
  • Workforce Diversity
  • Coaching and Feedback
  • Networking and Mentoring
  • Facilitating Effective Meetings

Management Skills III:
Leading and Controlling

Provides skills and knowledge for improved leading and controlling

Content Includes:
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Managing Change
  • Conflict, Politics, and Negotiation
  • Managing Misbehavior
  • Time and Stress Management
  • Organizational Control
  • Operations Control
  • Accounting and Financial Information
  • Financial Management

Study Books and E-Learning Center Access

Each module of the Certified Manager Program consists of a printed study book, access to ICPM's e-Learning Center, and a CM certification exam. ICPM's e-Learning Center contains multimedia learning resources such as PowerPoints, quizzes, notes and outlines to reinforce learning and to test your knowledge.

The CM certification, inclusive of learning materials, can be purchased by the bundle--one payment of $775 + shipping for international purchases (free US shipping)--or by the module--three payments of $285 + shipping for international purchases (Free US shipping). Applicants that do not desire to purchase ICPM's learning materials can purchase the CM application and three exams for $525 US dollars.

Study Formats

Study Formats

Participants have the option to complete the CM certification individually or as part of a group, as described below:

CMAR Study Formats Individual, Self-Directed Online Study

Enjoy the flexibility of studying anytime and anywhere. Enrollment is continuous, allowing applicants to applying online and get started right away. A self-directed study agenda is provided to facilitate completion of the CM exams within the 15 months allotted. The CM exams are proctored and may be taken on any computer with reliable internet access. The exams are scheduled whenever the applicant is ready to test.

Group, Instructor-Led Live Online Study (Pilot Program)

Experience the convenience of studying from your desktop with ICPM's instructor-led live online study format. Both US and international applicants can participate in online classes that combine live instruction with dynamic group interaction. A computer with a reliable Internet connection, webcam and microphone are all it takes to get started. Administered by ICPM's Authorized Instructional Partners,* you will receive high-quality, application-based instruction, plus the ability to asynchronously view any missed classes. Applicants can start with any of the three CM modules and enroll up to two weeks before classes begin. Register for a single module or for all three modules at once and save! For specific details and start dates, CLICK HERE. Training fees plus CM module or bundle pricing apply.

Group, Instructor-Led Classroom Study

Benefit from the rich discussion that occurs in a classroom setting. Instructor-led programs are offered by ICPM's Authorized Instructional and Corporate Partners. Instructional Partners include colleges, universities and training organizations worldwide. Each partner's program varies in duration, format and cost. Specific details can be obtained by contacting Instructional Partners directly. Corporate Partners include organizations that sponsor internal trainings exclusively for their employees. These programs utilize trainers and/or senior managers to deliver instruction at the corporate work site. To inquire about initiating a corporate partnership, contact ICPM at or call 540-568-3247.

CM Exam Specifications

CM Exam Specifications

In order to earn the Certified Manager certification applicants must pass 3 multiple choice CM exams.

The three exams that must be passed include:

  • Management Skills I: Foundations of Management
  • Management Skills II: Planning and Organizing
  • Management Skills III: Leading and Controlling

Content Areas

Together all three Certified Manager exams assess essential analytical skills, knowledge and decision-making skills in the following areas:

  • The Practice of Professional Management
  • Managing in a Global Marketplace
  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Legal and Economic Influences on Organizations
  • Creating Plans and Strategies for Success
  • Structuring and Organizing Work Projects and Teams
  • Selecting and Training a Diverse Staff
  • Maximizing Employee Performance
  • Leading and Motivating Others
  • Managing Employee Behavior and Conflict
  • Establishing and Following Effective Control Standards
  • Financial and Accounting Concepts

For full CM exam specifications, please view the CM Exam Blueprint.

Taking the CM Exams

CM exams are taking online through ICPM's e-Learning Center. Exams are closed-book and must be taken without assistance from others, notes, or reference materials. Applicants are allowed a maximum of 120 minutes to complete each exam.

Applicants can test whenever they are ready by requesting an exam password through ICPM's e-Learning Center. A separate password is required for each exam and the exam can be taken anytime within 30 days of receipt of the password.


CM exams are proctored and should be taken without assistance from others, notes or reference materials. All CMAR applicants must take proctored exams with an in-person proctor.

Exam Results and Grading

Test takers receive immediate pass or fail results on-screen and by email. Exams are officially processed on the 16th of each month or the next business day. Detailed feedback that highlights strengths and weaknesses in specific content areas is sent by email after this grading. Test takers who pass the exam can use this feedback to help them address areas of weakness, while those who fail can use the feedback to prepare to retake the exam.

New CMs will receive a CM certification packet, including two copies of their CM certificate. These packets will be sent within 4 weeks after the third and final CM exam has been passed.

Proctoring Requirements

Proctoring Requirements

CMAR applicants must use an in-person proctor - having a person in the testing room to observe and monitor test takers. Applicants are responsible for finding their own exam proctor and providing their contact information to ICPM at least 2 weeks in advance of their intended testing date.

In-Person Proctors

Prospective exam proctors must be pre-approved by ICPM. Proctors must meet certain minimum requirements and provide ICPM with the following documentation:

  1. A copy of the proctor's photo ID
  2. A resume or CV to verify proctor requirements
  3. A signed copy of ICPM's Exam Proctor Agreement

Proctor Criteria

In order to proctor an ICPM exam an individual must be:

  1. At least one level above the applicant in their organization
  2. Unrelated to the applicant
  3. Currently not a CM applicant

Preferred Proctor Candidates Include:

  • Active CMs and CMARs
  • CM or FoM program instructors
  • Approved ICPM Instructional partners
  • An HR representative or training coordinator in the applicant's organization
  • The applicant's manager or supervisor


CMARs recertify with AALAS NOT ICPM and must complete 24 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), as well as pay a re-certification fee ($50 for LAMA/AALAS members & $85 for non-members) in order to recertify their CMAR credential.

CMAR candidates will receive a reminder from AALAS prior to their anniversary date that they must complete a CMAR CEU submission form and pay the re-certification fee in order to renew their CMAR certification. Candidates who fail to renew within four months of their anniversary date are listed as inactive and will not be able to display the CMAR credential. Those candidates who fail to renew their CMAR after two years lose their AR scores and have to retake and pass the Animal Resources exams in order to be reinstated into the program. CMAR candidates do not need to retake the CM exams if their certification lapses.

Need More Information About CMAR Recertification?

Please visit the AALAS website for additional information about the CMAR recertification process. All questions regarding CMAR recertification should be directed to AALAS which can be reached at or (901) 754-8620.


Your CMAR Application has Been Successfully Submitted

Thank you for submitting your Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) certification application. ICPM will review your application in the next 24 - 72 hours and will email you further instructions on how to get started with the CM certification.

Your professional development is ICPM's number one priority, therefore, do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Certified Manager of Animal Resources Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) certification. The CMAR Application is required for all CMAR applicants to verify eligibility to take the CM certification exams. Please review the eligibility requirements below before completing the application.

Applications are reviewed every Tuesday and Thursday and applicants are notified of their approval status by email within 5 business days.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for CMAR certification, an applicant must document at least 10 total points and meet the minimum point requirement for both education and experience.

I. Personal Contact Information

Please provide your contact information below. All fields marked with an * are required.

II. Education Points & Documentation

To meet the education eligibility requirement for the CM certification applicants must record and document at least 3 but no more than 6 points. Education points should be documented with:

  • A copy of your highest degree or global equivalent attained, and/or
  • A college/university transcript, and/or
  • Letter/certificate(s) of management training attended.
High School (1 point)
College (record highest degree attained only: AA = 2 pts, BA/BS = 4 pts, Master's/PhD = 5pts)
Management Training (40 hours = 1 pt)
Certifications (PMP, PHR, etc. - each certification = 1pt, maximum = 2 pts)
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III. Experience Points & Documentation

Record and document at least 4 but no more than 7 points, beginning with your current or most recent employer and working backward. Points must be documented via a Reference Statement completed and signed by your current or most recent employer, or a copy of your resume.

If you are self employed or are unable to provide a reference statement because an employer is no longer in business, please provide a note to this effect and submit a copy of your resume.

Points for military service should be documented by a Joint Services Transcript, Smart Transcript, Career Data Brief, or other appropriate source. Active duty military do not need to provide a resume.

Management (manager, supervisor, leader, etc. - full-time = 1 pt/yr, part-time = 0.5 pts/yr)
Non-Management (sales, manufacturing, etc. - full-time = 0.5 pts/yr)
Military Service (leadership role = 1 pt/yr, non-leadership role = 0.5 pts/yr)
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IV. Signature Verification

I attest that all information provided on this application is true and verifiable. I further attest that I agree to abide by the ICPM Code of Ethics. I understand that payment of an annual recertification fee and the completion of ongoing professional development are required to maintain current certification status.

What Customers are Saying CMAR Quote Icon

"The CM Certification allowed me to translate my managerial experiences and leadership in the military to corporate America."
Mario Martin, CM - , US Navy Enlisted: E8
"The Certified Manager program is a must for organizational and business managers. Going through the program has given me an opportunity to grow, while being equipped with the tools to be a transformational leader. The world-class staff at ICPM was knowledgeable, accessible, helpful and motivating! Since earning the CM certification, my career and performance has been accelerated and I've had the opportunity to achieve my leadership potential. "
Jonathan A. McRoy, CM - , United States Air Force

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