Routes to Chartered Status

You could be about to take your first step to join an exclusive community of exceptional managers.

Gaining Chartered Manager status involves completing a holistic assessment that is underpinned by the CMI Professional Standard for Management and Leadership. It provides you with a fantastic opportunity to reflect on your recent workplace achievements and how you effectively apply your management and leadership skills.

Did you know that achieving Chartered Manager can take as little as a few weeks?

Identify your route below and start your journey to become a Chartered Manager today.

At CMI we believe a great manager is defined by their commitment to continual learning and development, so you’ll need to showcase what you’ll be focussing your development activity on over the next 12 months and more importantly why you’ve chosen these areas.

We provide you with all of the assessment criteria from the get-go, so you can be clear of exactly what’s required to achieve your Chartered Manager status.. You’ll also receive a comprehensive range of support materials to help you showcase your very best achievements and talents in your application.

To help you get ready for your assessment, we highly recommend you complete our self assessment Management Diagnostic. It’ll help raise your self awareness and identify your strengths and areas for development, which you can then use as part of your application.

There is a fast-track and full assessment process dependent on your level of experience and qualifications. Even if you do not hold any formal management qualifications, don’t worry, CMI will support you to become a Chartered Manager through your experience alone.

Pathway to Chartered Manager

CMI currently offers three routes to achieving Chartered Status; depending on your mix of qualification and management experience. Find out more below.

If you are not sure which method of assessment is right for you, we have two ways to help you identify your route. Either contact us and we will be happy to confirm your options, or complete the ‘Route Identifier’  tool at the start of the registration process.

Just starting out in your management career but don’t want to miss out? Take a look at Foundation Chartered Manager, CMI’s professional award for aspiring early-career managers.

clipboard icon

Route 1
Full Assessment

More details

track icon

Route 2
CMI Fast Track

More details

clipboard icon

Route 3
Apprenticeship

More details

Clipboard icon

Full Assessment for Chartered Status

You are eligible for this route if you have…

Either - a degree level qualification that is management, business or leadership focused; plus 3 years’ experience in a management role.

Or - at least 5 years’ management experience (equivalent to Level 5 or operational / senior management level) if you don’t have a management specific qualification.

How do I register?

Log in to your CMI account, then use this registration link begin your application and make payment.

Not yet a CMI member? You can get one month’s free membership when you sign up today!

What's involved and what's the cost?

You will complete a written application which summarises your leadership and management journey to date and showcases some of your key achievements.

You’ll then be introduced to one of our independent Chartered Manager assessors. They will arrange an online professional discussion with you to explore your application in more detail, giving you the opportunity to bring your skills and experiences to life.

After you’ve completed the professional discussion, the assessor will fully review both elements of your application and inform you of the outcome.

Costs: £650+VAT (plus ongoing annual membership fee where applicable)

What paperwork do I need to submit?

Complete and submit our application template for assessment - this will be emailed to you once you have successfully registered or can be downloaded below.

If you have any questions, contact the Chartered Manager team and we’ll be happy to help.

Apply for Full Assessment

Full Assessment Word template for Written Submission

Full Assessment Word template for Professional Discussion

CMgr Full Assessment Application Template

CMgr Full Assessment Support Pack

Contact Us

Track icon

Fast Track to Chartered Status

You are eligible for this route if you have…

Completed a CMI Diploma or Extended Diploma in Management & Leadership (at level 5 or level 6) within the last 5 years, and you have 3+ years’ experience in a management role.

OR

Completed a CMI Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership (at level 7 or level 8) within the last 5 years, and you have 3+ years experience in a management role

How do I register?

Log in to your CMI account, then use this registration link begin your application and make payment.

Not yet a CMI member? You can get one month’s free membership when you sign up today!

What's involved and what's the cost?

This route builds on the completion of your eligible CMI qualification identified above and provides a fast track assessment process taking into account your prior learning with CMI.

Costs £140 + VAT (plus membership fees where applicable).

What paperwork do I need to submit?

Complete and submit for assessment using our application template.

disk-icon-cmgr-routes-apprenticeship

Apprenticeship EPA & Chartered Status

You are eligible for either foundation or full Chartered Manager award if…

You have completed your End Point Assessment for one of these management
apprenticeship standards and have relevant management experience:

Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor
Level 3 Business Administration
Level 5 Operations/Department Manager
Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)
Level 7 Senior Leaders Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA)

What's involved and what's the cost?

The Chartered Manager knowledge assessment criteria is fully aligned to the End Point Assessment, so no additional work is required for you as the apprentice. There are also no additional costs for the employer or training provider. You must opt-in to become a CMI Member upon successful completion of your End Point Assessment to attain your Chartered status and you must maintain your membership of the CMI on an annual basis.

The first year's introductory membership fee is £60 and then reverts to the standard membership fee thereafter.

This means...

  • If you're completing a CMI qualification and/or have a CMI support package as part of your apprenticeship
    At the end of your qualification or apprenticeship, we will contact you to explain which Chartered Manager status (foundation or full award) you are eligible for (see privacy policy).
  • If you're completing your End Point Assessment only (no qualification, no support package) with CMI or another End Point Assessment Organisation
    When you pass your apprenticeship you can complete a form to opt in to CMI Membership and claim your relevant Chartered status.

What if I'm not sure which category I fit into?

Email us at membership@managers.org.uk and we can confirm for you.