The qualifications covered are:
- CMI Level 5 Award in Professional Consulting (QCF)
- CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting (QCF)
- CMI Level 5 Diploma in Professional Consulting (QCF)
The CMI Level 5 Qualifications in Professional Consulting (QCF) have been developed by Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in cooperation with the Institute of Consulting (IC).
These qualifications are designed for Professional Consultants and those aspiring to become Professional Consultants and who want to develop key skills such as planning and managing consultancy interventions, the client relationship, communication and problem solving tools and techniques.
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 Professional Consulting gives you the opportunity to gain a good understanding of consulting essentials, through choosing the unit Introductory to consulting essentials. This unit focuses on the nature of consulting, personal development and effective communication. Otherwise you can choose to develop your skills in one specific area of consulting such as consultancy interventions, communication, the client relationship or problem solving tools and techniques.
A more extensive qualification, our CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting gives you a broader knowledge of the role of a Professional Consultant while focusing on the specific consulting subjects appropriate to the role.
With a more comprehensive structure, our CMI Level 5 Diploma in Professional Consulting gives you the skills and competencies you will need to become a Consultant. This qualification also gives you the chance to improve your skills in management & leadership and coaching & mentoring through the optional unit choices. A CMI diploma in Professional Consulting is a benchmark qualification for full IC membership, and takes you another step towards Certified Management Consultant (CMC) status.
- Introduction to consulting essentials
- Communication for consultants
- The role and responsibilities of a consultant
- The client relationship
- Planning and managing consultancy interventions
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 Professional Consulting, IC and CMI recommend a number of progression opportunities:
- Progress to other qualifications at the same level (e.g. from Level 5 Award to Level 5 Certificate etc.).
- 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.