The qualifications covered are:
- CMI Level 3 Award in First Line Management (QCF)
- CMI Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management (QCF)
- CMI Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management (QCF)
The Level 3 qualifications in First Line Management are developed for supervisors and first line managers who have operational responsibility for a defined area of activity. This qualification gives junior managers the communication and motivational skills to help improve operational efficiency.
These qualifications are designed for supervisors and first line managers who wish to build on and develop their existing management skills and knowledge.
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 3 Award in First Line Management provides an introduction to the skills, roles and responsibilities of this management area. It will also develop your basic knowledge by focusing on the development of specific management skills.
A more extensive qualification, our Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management gives you a broader knowledge of effective management skills while focusing on the specific management areas appropriate to you and your workplace.
With a more comprehensive structure, our Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management gives you all the key skills and competencies you will need to become an effective first line manager.
- Resource planning
- Recruitment and selection
- Being a leader
- Management team dynamics
- Improving team performance
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 3 portray practical skills and competences that are rated in academic terms as being comparable to GCE AS/A Levels.
These qualifications can be offered to individuals from age 16. 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 3 qualification in First Line Management, a number of progression opportunities become available:
- Enhance your professional status by upgrading your CMI membership
- Progress to other qualifications at the same level (e.g. from Level 3 Award to Level 3 Certificate etc.)
- Progress to other qualifications at the next level (e.g. from Level 3 Certificate to Level 4 or 5 Certificate)
Please also see our portfolio of qualifications.
CMI Course Testimonial
“I do not have a degree, but working in a University I find being able to use ‘MCMI’ signals that I do have a qualification which reflects the needs of my role – operational management being the most important.”
Isabel Cherrett MCMI
The University of Chichester