foundation chartered manager

Do you want to stand out and get ahead? Do you want to future proof your skills in a competitive world?

Foundation Chartered Manager status is for you.

What is Foundation Chartered Manager?

Foundation Chartered Manager is a professional status for aspiring or early career managers; recognising your existing skills and knowledge and putting you on the first step towards full Chartered Manager status.

Assessed against CMI’s Professional Standard, Foundation Chartered Manager demonstrates you have the foundation skills needed to be an effective manager and are committed to further developing those skills to deliver better business results.

Once you’ve successfully been awarded Foundation Chartered Manager, focus on continuing to develop your skills and delivering for your business and you'll reach the ultimate goal for managers: full Chartered Manager status.

CMI Membership &
Continued Professional Development

The Chartered Pathway

  1. CMI Programme or EPA
  2. 3 years of management experience**
    1. Foundation Chartered Manager
    2. Tailored CPD Journey
    3. Chartered Manager Assessment
  3. Chartered Manager Status

** For managers qualified to Diploma Level 5 or above. Otherwise a minimum of 5 years' management experience is required.

The Benefits for Learners

Foundation Chartered Manager is all about giving you an advantage over the competition and setting you on your management career journey with all the benefits of CMI membership to support you.

Information for learners

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Tailored Guidance
Waste no time wondering what to work on developing next – just follow our clear map to becoming Chartered.

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A Lifelong Career Partner
As the UK’s only Chartered body passionate about great management and leadership, we’re here to help you succeed.

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Respected Credentials
With ‘fCMgr’ after your name, your CV will demonstrate your commitment to your ongoing development.


You may already be eligible for Foundation Chartered Manager and not even know it.

Foundation Chartered Manager is currently...

Automatically awarded to those who have completed:

  • CMI Level 3, 4 or 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership
  • CMI Level 3, 4 or 5 EPA in Management & Leadership
  • CMI Level 3 or 4 Diploma in Management & Leadership
  • CMI Level 5 Diploma or EPA in Management & Leadership with less than 3 years’ experience
  • CMI Level 6 Professional Management and Leadership Practice with less than 3 years' experience
  • CMI Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Practice with less than 3 years' experience

Not applicable to those who have completed:

  • CMI Coaching & Mentoring qualifications
  • CMI Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship
  • CMI Level 4 Junior Management Consultant Apprenticeship
  • CMI Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship
  • Non-CMI accredited qualifications or apprenticeships

An individual route for non-CMI learners will be developed.