What’s Behind the “CMC”?

The Mark of Excellence

When selecting a management consultant executives are well advised to seek individuals who meet the profession’s standards of competence and ethics. ┬áThe CMC designation is a valuable aid in this quest. ┬áCertification by the Institute of Management Consultants is the mark of excellence among management consulting professionals.


When you see the initials “CMC” following a consultant’s name, it means that he or she is a Certified Management Consultant and has met the strict certification requirements of the Institute of Management Consultants. The Institute was founded in 1968 by the principal associations in the consulting field to establish publicly recognized standards of competence and professional conduct for the individual management consultant Candidates for Institute certification undergo a thorough investigation of their consulting experience; they are interviewed by a panel of senior consultants to verify their competence; and they must pass a written examination evidencing their knowledge of the Institute’s Code of Ethics.

A Code of Ethics

CMC’s Pledge in writing to abide by the Institute’s Code of Ethics. Their adherence to the Code Signifies voluntary assumption of self-discipline above and beyond the requirements of law. Key provisions of the Code require that the CMC’s:

  • Safeguard confidential information
  • Render impartial, independent advice
  • Accept only those clients engagements they are qualified to perform
  • Agree with the client in advance on the basis for professional charges
  • Develop realistic and practical solutions to client problems

The Institute enforces the Code by receiving the investigating complaints of violations and by taking disciplinary action, including revocation of certification against any member who is found guilty of a Code violation.

Standards of Competence

Every step leading to the CMC designation has been designed to verify the candidate’s professional competence:

  • A certified Management Consultant must have has at least three years of experience in the full-time practice of management consulting, with major responsibility for client projects during at least one of those years.
  • The CMC has to provide multiple reference s most of them officers or executive of clients served. These references have been investigated to assure that the consulting relationships met the clients’ objectives.
  • The CMC has had to provide written summaries of client assignment (disguised to protect client identity).
  • The CMC has had to pass a qualifying interview by senior CMCs, demonstrating professional competence and currency in areas of specialization, application of experience, and understanding of the management consulting process.