New partnership offers Chartered Chemists new route to management career

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has announced its partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry to boost Chartered Chemists' management careers by offering them a new route to professional accreditation.

This is the first time CMI has worked with the Royal Society of Chemistry, the UK's professional body for chemical scientists with over 54,000 members internationally. The partnership enables Royal Society of Chemistry members that hold Chartered Chemist (CChem) status and have at least five years of management experience to earn Chartered Manager (CMgr) status.

Chartered Manager is the highest professional status that can be achieved in management and leadership, demonstrating professional development and contributing benefits to businesses worldwide. Awarded only by CMI, it is recognised internationally and throughout all sectors.

The streamlined route is aimed at helping chemical scientists bolster their management credentials, supporting their career development. According to CMI's Mapping Management Excellence report, Chartered Managers estimate that they add on average £391k in value to their employer, and 83% say they have become a better manager as a result of attaining professional status.

Matt Roberts, Director of Membership at CMI says that chemical scientists and their employers gain from having the professional management accreditation.

We're delighted to partner with the Royal Society of Chemistry to raise the standards of management and leadership in the chemical sciences sector. Many chemists are promoted into management because of their expert technical knowledge but need help in developing their management and leadership skills. This partnership gives those 'accidental managers' a route to develop the essential skills to develop their career and manage effectively which is recognised through achieving Chartered Manager status.
Not only will that benefit them personally, but there are also huge advantages for employers in having better managers and confident leaders who achieve results.

Dr Helen Pain, Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry commented:

Our partnership with the Chartered Management Institute will help to ensure our members get the recognition they deserve for their expertise and experience.
I have been a member of the Chartered Management Institute for 12 years and it is fantastic that our members will be able to take advantage of their outstanding support and resources. As a CChem holder, I am looking forward to applying for Chartered Manager this year, and I hope that many of our members will do the same.

This partnership will enable members that achieve the CMgr accreditation to take advantage of a wide range of extended benefits through the CMI, including a rich repository of knowledge resources on ManagementDirect, CMI's online learning tool used by 360,000 managers every year, and networking events with CMI members from beyond the chemical sciences sector.

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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body for management and leaderships, dedicated to improving managers' skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalents, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earning potential and improves workplace performance. We have been registered as an apprentice assessment organisation by the Skills Funding Agency.

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About the Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 54,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 175 years of history and an international vision for the future. We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity.