Become a Certified Management Consultant

Elevate your consulting practice and grow your professional network by earning a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) Designation. As the world's only internationally recognized credential for management consultants, a CMC Designation means more opportunities, a higher level of credibility, and even better service for your clients.

It pays to be a CMC

Competitive advantage

Holding the CMC Designation will ignite your professional reputation while unlocking unparalleled career advancement opportunities. 

Recognition and promotion

Position yourself as a leader in your industry and take part in shaping its future with the CMC Designation.

Professional development and learning

 CMCs have access to a range of professional development resources to help you stay current with emerging trends and industry best practices.

It's all about relationships

Chris Harper, CMC took his network and career to the next level by earning the CMC Designation.

How to earn your CMC

The path to earning your CMC is flexible and self-paced, designed for management consultants of all experience levels to complete on their own time as their schedule allows.

Here's what it looks like:

Start the relationship

Fill out our form to get started and understand your next steps.


Submit your résumé so we can support you with your path forward.

Discover your path

Our team will determine your point of entry to the CMC program and what requirements you’ll need to meet to earn your Designation.

Check off your certification to-do list

Complete your requirements in terms of experience, documentation and professional development courses.

Complete Your Assessment

You’ll undergo an oral assessment at the end of your CMC journey so we can give you the final seal of approval in earning your CMC Designation.

You've earned your CMC!

Congratulations! Time to enjoy benefits that will grow your practice, help your clients thrive and take your career to new heights.

Connect, grow, learn, And Lead

Renew your membership each year and continue to receive support, professional development, and valuable connections through CMC-Canada and your provincial institute.

Get started in less than 5 minutes

Ready to start your CMC Designation journey? Fill out the form below to find out if you qualify and begin the process today.

Need more information?

Here are some of the most common questions we get from consultants considering whether or not to invest in CMC certification:

How will a CMC Designation impact my consulting career?

As the only internationally recognized designation for management consultants, a CMC Designation is the logical next step in your consulting career, whether you’re just starting out or have been in the industry for decades. The benefits of a CMC Designation include:

  • Access to exclusive job postings

  • Opportunity to provide Management Advisory Services (MAS) to eligible small and medium size technology businesses through CMC-Canada, funded by the federal government.

  • Evidence of your commitment to the consulting profession when applying to jobs and prospecting clients

  • Enhanced knowledge of the consulting profession, best practices and ethics not officially taught elsewhere

  • Access to all the benefits of a CMC-Canada membership, including ongoing professional development, networking opportunities, exclusive business insurance plans, and more.

What is a management consultant?

Management consulting is an independent, professional advisory service assisting managers and organizations to achieve organizational purposes and objectives by solving management and business problems, identifying and seizing new opportunities, enhancing learning, and implementing changes.

Does having a CMC Designation really make a difference?

While most businesses and consulting firms do not require their management consultants to have a CMC Designation, the industry is rapidly changing in the light of public questioning of the ethics of consultants. Not only will the CMC show employers and clients that you are an experienced and knowledgeable consultant, but it will give you a competitive advantage as the CMCs become increasingly preferable to work with.

What is the CMC Designation?

The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation is the only credential that regulates management consultants worldwide. It is recognized in over 50 countries. The CMC Designation represents a commitment to the highest standards of consulting and adherence to the ethical practice in the profession.

What do I need to qualify for the CMC Designation?

In order to qualify for the CMC Designation, you first need to complete the requirements of one of the CMC streams. To enter a stream, you will generally need to show you are actively consulting with an up-to-date resume. Fill out our qualification form to learn whether or not you qualify for the CMC Designation!

Which stream do I qualify for?

We approve CMC candidates into certification streams based on their education and experience. You will learn which stream applies to you after you have registered an account and submitted a resume for review. Learn more about the different streams.

How much work is the CMC Designation?

Earning your CMC Designation is not an easy task, but the program structure is flexible and self-paced. Depending on the stream, you’ll take a number of courses, undergo a peer review process, and complete an oral assessment with two CMCs. The Designation typically takes anywhere from 8 to 40 hours.

What is the CMC Competency Framework?

Requirements leading to the CMC designation (such as the engagement summaries and oral examination) are based on the Certified Management Consultant Competency Profile. Learn more