CMA and Certified Management Consultant designation

Become a Certified Management Consultant (CMC)

As a CMA™, you are a valued advisor to businesses and organizations who need your expertise to evaluate and support critical decisions. Your clients, be they internal or external, rely on you to achieve organizational objectives by solving management and business problems, identifying and seizing new opportunities, and implementing change.

Validate your management consulting role and experience, and create flexibility in your career with the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation. It certifies that you have the necessary management consulting experience and knowledge to deliver objective and independent recommendations to position an organization for success – whether it is your employer or a client.

What opportunities will the CMC create for my career?

In today’s evolving economy, flexibility in your career is critical for success. Create those career options with the CMC designation. It will lend credibility to your experience, open new doors, and invigorate your career.

What is the advantage of the CMC designation?

The CMC designation is the management consulting profession’s only international certification mark and is recognized in 50 countries. Granted by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada), it represents your commitment to the higher standards of consulting and your adherence to the ethical guidelines of the profession.

Having the CMC designation will differentiate you from the competition. It is verified recognition of your professionalism, your commitment to ethics and standards,your experience, and your longterm commitment to the profession.

The CMA and CMC designations: Partners for your success

One of the key skills of an effective consultant is process based thinking,which is developed in the CMA path to the CMC designation. Process based thinking is defined as the ability to understand the value chain of an organization to better understand linkages.

The CMC curriculum complements the advanced financial and strategic management competencies you already have as a CMA. The CMC competencies allow you to provide leadership, innovation and an integrating perspective to organizational decision making in the global marketplace. Together, the CMA’s and CMC’s complementary set of skills will enable you to turn business possibilities into business realities in a consulting capacity.

Create possibilities™ with the CMC Designation

As a CMA, you qualify for one of two paths towards the CMC designation

Professional PathTo meet the Practical Experience Criteria of the CMC designation, you must have:

  • Your CMA, in good standing.
  • A minimum of two years of consulting experience (including the last 12 months).
  • 1,200 hours per year of client-facing work (may include internal clients).
  • One year of mentorship by a CMA/CMC (may be concurrent with consulting experience).
  • Two CMC sponsors, one of whom must sign an Experience Declaration on your behalf.
To meet the Education Criteria, you must complete the following courses offered by CMA Ontario:
  • Essentials of Management Consulting (3 days) – To equip you with the tools, processes and case study knowledge required to conduct consulting assignments.
  • Project Management (2 days) – To provide you with a scalable project management approach that will help you deliver value to your clients – on time and within budget.
  • Ethics – To teach you the importance of ethics, how to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas, and your codes of conduct. Includes the CMC Ethics Examination.
To meet the Designation Assessment Criteria, you must:
  • Provide a completed CMC-Canada membership application form and a current CV.
  • Provide engagement summaries, client references, and sample deliverables.
  • Pass an oral assessment with questions based on the CMC competency framework.

Executive Path for experienced advisors

To meet the Practical Experience Criteria of the CMC designation, you must have:

  • Your CMA, in good standing.
  • A minimum of three years of consulting experience (including the last 12 months).
  • 15 years of experience in management.
  • 600 hours per year of client-facing work(may include internal clients).
  • Two CMC sponsors, one of whom must sign an Experience Declaration on your behalf.
To meet the Education Criteria, you must complete the following course offered by CMA Ontario:
  • Ethics – To teach you the importance of ethics, how to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas,and your codes of conduct. Includes the CMC Ethics Examination.
To meet the Designation Assessment Criteria, you must:
  • Submit a membership application form and a current CV.
  • Provide engagement summaries, client references, and sample deliverables.
  • Pass an oral assessment with questions based on the CMC competency framework.

Ready for management consulting opportunities in your career? CMA Ontario is standing by to help you earn your Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation and open up a world of opportunity.

To learn the full details and how to get started, contact:
Patricia (Trish) Volker, BSc., CPA, CA, CMA
Director of Compliance,
Phone: 416 204 3149 
Toll Free: 1 800 387 2991 ext. 149 
Email: tvolker@cmaontario.org




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