Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Level 6, CMDA

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is an apprenticeship that delivers a quality degree, on-the-job experience and a professional pathway for future development. CMI is the only professional body who can award Chartered Manager Status which apprentices can apply for, following their EPA.

  • Qualification level: Level 6/ Bachelor Level Degree
  • Typical Entry requirements: A Levels
  • Duration: 2 - 4 years
  • Professional registration links: Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI))

Who is it for?

The roles this apprenticeship would be suitable for are:
Manager; Senior Manager; Head of Department; Operations Manager; or anyone with significant management responsibilities.


Taking responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the expectation that they will deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.


This apprenticeship standard has been allocated a maximum funding cap of £22,000 which is the anticipated full cost for delivering this standard and the End Point Assessment.

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How it works

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is an exciting work-based route towards developing professionally competent Chartered Managers.
It includes three parts:

  • Work-based learning which means that the apprentice is in paid employment for the duration of their apprenticeship and receives on the job training and support
  • Business education through a University/ Higher Education Provider leading to a relevant degree (to the value of 360 credits) that maps 100% to the published Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standards
  • Through both of the above, apprentices are able to acquire knowledge and skills, and prepare for the End Point Assessment

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We are the only professional body able to award Chartered Manager Status. On completion of your apprenticeship, you will be eligible for Foundation Chartered Manager, which puts you on a development pathway to full Chartered Manager status

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CMI Support

A support package can be offered alongside apprenticeships giving unlimited access to online resources mapped to the apprenticeship journey, as well as in person support for the apprentices, access to the CMI community and mentoring during their apprenticeship

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Professional Development

The apprenticeship delivers a professional pathway and the ongoing development of knowledge, skills and behaviours required by employers

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Supported Digital Delivery

Digital support is available, with content and practical resources mapped to the apprenticeship standard


Common Questions

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is suitable for those at the start of their career – including school leavers – as well as those who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop further on their professional journey.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold ‘A’ levels or equivalent relevant level 3 qualifications. Prior experience may also be considered. Potential apprentices should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent, and be able to demonstrate ICT skills at this level. Where this is not the case, apprentices must complete these by the end of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship can take up to four years to complete but can take less depending on the prior experience of the individual and the specification of the employer. Experienced managers may be able to complete in around 2 years. Some Universities/ Higher Education Providers offer a ‘fast track’ model to accommodate experienced managers.

All Trailblazer apprenticeships are required to have an end-point assessment that is carried out by an independent body. Apprentices must pass the end-point assessment in order to achieve the apprenticeship certificate.

The end-point assessment for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship involves an assessment of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence which is collated whilst on-programme: submission of a work-based project report; presentation of a work-based project and question/ answer session; and a competency-based interview.

Before progressing to the end-point assessment the apprentice must have achieved the degree that is included within their apprenticeship.

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is responsible for the quality of degrees offered as part of apprenticeships. The end-point assessment body is responsible for the quality of assessors, ensuring that a consistent standard is achieved and maintained.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) regulates the quality of apprenticeships. The IfATE’s role is also to advise on setting funding caps, and approve apprenticeship standards and assessment plans.

Yes – apprentices that successfully complete all parts of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship will receive a full apprenticeship certificate. This will be in addition to their degree certificate.

To be able to deliver an apprenticeship a provider must be registered on the apprenticeship provider and assessment register (APAR).

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