After becoming a Chartered Engineer in 2016, William Duncan wanted to demonstrate his management abilities and gain Chartered Manager status. Joining National Grid in 2012, he now manages budgets in excess of £100 million.
A leader is someone who innovates, who’s constantly thinking ahead and that’s what being a Chartered Manager brings.
CMI interviewed William about his route to Chartered Manager:
Describe your route to becoming a Chartered Manager?I joined the Chartered Management Institute as a Chartered Engineer. I'd demonstrated my skills and abilities and it was then a relatively straightforward three-month process to becoming a Chartered Manager.
What challenges do you have as a leader and how has being Chartered helped you overcome them?For me, a key challenge of being a leader is to get my team to adopt new ways of working. Becoming a Chartered Manager has enabled me to look in-depth at my management style and how I’m able to flex my leadership style to get the most out of my team.
William Duncan | CEng MICE CMgr MCMI
What have been the main benefits to you of earning Chartered accreditation?The greatest benefit of becoming a Chartered Manager is becoming a more dynamic, more rounded and a more flexible leader. It’s now easier to see the skills and abilities I have. Also, to have the opportunity to this new world of training and networking events that helps you to sharpen your skills and really improve as a leader.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a Chartered Manager? If you want to enjoy your working day more, then I would say become a Chartered Manager. Go through this challenging review process to prove your skills and abilities!
How has your employer used your Chartered status?National Grid fully supported me through the process, both financially and in terms of peer support. They are more recognising of my skills and abilities and are now keen to put me into other positions of responsibility.
Becoming a Chartered Manager not only provides benefits to the individual, but also to their employer too. Ian Cartwright, Director of Capital Delivery, National Grid, tells us about the benefits he has seen William bring to the role. As a Chartered Engineer, William’s ability and value to the business were already evident. Through the process of becoming a Chartered Manager, he has refined, challenged and grown his leadership skills. His agility in leading teams to success and delivering value for the business are now at the next level.
A Chartered Manager's average added value to their organisation.
use Chartered Manager as proof of leading people and managing change.
agree that chartered status shows their integrity and commitment to ethical behaviour.
say they are better managers after achieving Chartered Manager status.
report greater self-awareness.
use chartered manager to showcase their continual learning and growth.
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Did you know that the process to become a Chartered Manager can take as little as two weeks?Choose your route below and start your journey to become a Chartered Manager today!
The exemption route is for experienced managers who already hold a CMI Level 5 or above Diploma in Management & Leadership.
The qualified route is for managers who already hold a degree-level management qualification.
You will need to meet the following criteria:
The exemption upgrade builds upon the knowledge and expertise demonstrated through completion of your qualification.
Assessment is undertaken by completion of a written submission, detailing the learning gained, the improvement in your management practice and the positive, measurable contribution you have made to your organisation. You will then need to send the completed form to CMI for validation.
Upon approval of your written submission you will be awarded Chartered Member (CMgr MCMI) or Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI) dependent on experience.
You would need to meet the following criteria:
Assessment is divided into two parts. The first, is completion of a full draft of the written submission form to demonstrate consistent and effective performance in the past 18 months. Followed by a telephone discussion with the assessor.
The second, is an on-site interview assessing your knowledge against the certificate qualification. This will involve gathering work based evidence and personal research.
After successful completion you will achieve Chartered Member (CMgr MCMI) or Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI) as well as CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership.
Assessment is undertaken either by written submission or professional discussion demonstrating consistent and effective performance in the past 18 months.
Upon successful completion you will be awarded Chartered Member (CMgr MCMI) or Chartered Fellow (FCMI) dependent on experience.
Written submission - £500** +VAT
Professional Discussion - £800** +VAT
*Diploma in management at Level 5 or above (Scottish SCQF Level 9). NVQ or SVQ at Level 4 and above. University degree (BSc or BA) or higher (e.g. MSc, MBA or MA, PHD), with any of the following either at its core or in the course title: Management, Business or Leadership. Additional qualifications confirmed by CMI include CEng, CIMA, ACCA, Chartered CIPD & Armed forces senior qualifications. Additionally, we accept Certificate in Management with 5 years management experience.
An Exemption upgrade is available for managers who hold a CMI Level 5 or above Diploma in Management. Please email to request more information.
**An annual Chartered Membership fee is payable thereafter.
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