About IC qualifications

About IC qualifications.

Recognised consulting qualifications delivered by Institute of Consulting Approved Centres.

Qualifications provide you with invaluable knowledge and insights whilst boosting your marketability with clients and employers. They are an endorsement of your commitment and capability to deliver added value in the workplace. Whether you’re just starting out, or an experienced professional looking for formal recognition, you’ll find the IC has the qualification for you.

Consultancy and business advice NOSMSC

Consulting and business support qualifications

Entry level qualifications – putting your career on the fast-track

If you’re looking to embark on a career as a consultant or adviser, or in the early stages, pursuing the following qualifications is a statement of intent. It says you want to be recognised for your professional standards, commitment and expertise.

High level qualifications - real world recognition for your ability

CMC have been specifically designed to reflect your proven ability to deliver real value on real projects for real clients.

  1. Certified Management Consultant (CMC)
  2. Benefits of taking an IC consultancy qualification
  3. Membership of the IC for just £67
  4. Increase your marketability to clients and employers
  5. Online CPD to support your studies
  6. Access to ConsultingDirect our exclusive online resource portal
  7. Guarantee of quality, as all qualifications are delivered through IC Approved Centres.

In fact, CMC is only delivered and assessed by CMI or organisations that are Accredited Practices of the IC.

How IC qualifications are awarded


An Award is a concise qualification that aims to develop basic skills and knowledge. An Award typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete.


A Certificate builds upon and broadens the areas that covered within an award. A Certificate typically takes 1-3 months to complete.


A Diploma aims to development a comprehensive set of skills and expand your range of knowledge. A Diploma typically takes 6-12 months to complete.

Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF)

The IC's consultancy qualifications are accredited on the UK Qualifications Credit Framework (RQF) and the European Qualifications Framework, meaning your qualification will be fully recognised throughout the UK and Europe.

We offer qualifications at two levels:Level 5 - Broadly equivalent to an undergraduate degree Level 7 - Broadly equivalent to Masters degrees.