The qualifications covered are:
- CMI Level 5 Award in Business Support (QCF)
- CMI Level 5 Certificate in Business Support (QCF)
- CMI Level 5 Diploma in Business Support (QCF)
The CMI Level 5 qualifications in Business Support have been developed by CMI Awarding Body in cooperation with the Institute of Consulting (IC).
These qualifications are aimed at Advisers that support SME Market. The core units within these qualifications are focused on developing effective business support relationships with clients, enabling the client to analyse the business and implement change, developing business support networks, reflective practice and development in business support and monitoring the support service.
Each qualification is summarised below with the corresponding UK and International fee, inclusive of VAT, tuition, course materials and registration with the awarding body. Further supplementary programme information is provided towards the end of the page, and in the FAQ.
Course fees can be paid in full directly via the secure payment option next to the qualification to be studied. For alternative payment methods, including monthly payment plans, see our FAQ.
Our Level 5 Award in Business Support gives you the skills to understand the importance of communication skills in business support relationships, understand the business support process and how to conduct and develop oneself as a business support adviser.
A more extensive qualification, our CMI Level 5 Certificate in Business Support gives you a broader knowledge of the role of a Business Support Adviser while focusing on the specific business support areas appropriate to the role of an adviser.
With a more comprehensive structure, our Level 5 Diploma in Business Support gives you the skills and competencies you will need to become an Adviser. A CMI Diploma in Business Support is the benchmark qualification for full IC membership, it also takes you another step towards Chartered Manager status with CMI.
- Introduction to business support
- Develop effective business support relationships with clients
- Develop business support networks
- Monitoring the business support service
- Enable the client to analyse the business and implement change
The length of time varies depending upon the time you can commit to studying. A basic guide:
Award: 6 – 8 weeks
Certificate: 18 – 24 weeks
Diploma: 12 – 18 months
Assessment is normally via practical work-based assignments provided by ET&C. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context.
Qualifications at QCF Level 5 portray practical skills and competences that are rated in academic terms as being comparable to Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HND).
These qualifications can be offered to individuals from age 19. There are no specific entry requirements for these qualifications, but ET&C must ensure that individuals admitted to the programme have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.
On successful completion of a Level 5 qualification in Business Support, IC and CMI recommend a number of progression opportunities:
- CMI Level 6 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF)
- CMI Level 7 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF)
- CMI Level 7 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring (QCF)
- CMI Level 7 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Professional Consulting (QCF)
Please also see our portfolio of qualifications.