Why You Should Insist on a CMC Designation When You Hire a Management Consultant

By Dwight Mihalicz posted 03-11-2019 09:40


When hiring a consultant, it’s important to do your research to find the best possible fit for your organization. Management consultants are not a rare sight nowadays, so it can be challenging to make a choice. To ensure that you’re hiring a person who is a professional that abides by a code of conduct, insist on one who has a CMC certification.

The CMC is an international professional certification for consulting professionals, and it stands for Certified Management Consultant. Here are a few reasons why you should insist on a CMC designation when you hire a management consultant:

The Process of Getting a CMC Certification

CMC-Global, also known as the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, was established in 1967. It currently has member Institutes in 49 countries, and through the Global Institute is recognized everywhere in the world. Consultants who receive their certification in one country are recognized in any other country, as all CMCs must comply with the global standard. Every certified management consultant must show competency across a wide range of disciplines such as human resources, financing, operations improvement, strategic planning and strategy implementation. They also must follow a strict code of conduct, such as legal and public protection practice. As they are certified by a professional institute, they are accountable to their peers for maintain the highest standards of competency and ethics.

Requirements to Qualify for CMC

To qualify for CMC, consultants need at least a Bachelor’s degree diploma from a recognized university, master’s degree in the fields related to management and consulting, and three or more years of experience in consulting, among other things. They’re also required to maintain regular professional development activities and to renew the certification every three years.

As you can see, the background credentials for becoming a certified management consultant are high. You may rest assured that a person who has the CMC certification is a skilled and experienced consultant who can benefit your organization.

Why Hiring a CMC Certified Consultant Is Beneficial

The CMC has been awarded to only eight thousand consultants worldwide. They are the best of the best, who meet the standards for ethics and competence. As well, they have proven their devotion to lifelong professional education. It is indeed the most stringent certification in the profession, and only the consultants who are continuously delivering strong results to clients can maintain their CMC status.

You can appreciate that working with a CMC has many benefits. By hiring a certified management consultant, you significantly reduce the risk of not obtaining the results that you’re paying for. Not all consultants can acquire a CMC, but all CMCs must have the attributes listed above. All of them are trained professionals, who have to renew their certification after a three-year period. Therefore, they must work hard to maintain their status, and their knowledge is always up to date.

How Certified Consultants Are Trained

Certified consultants are trained to approach every problem with an open mind, but they follow a strict evaluation process that includes all aspects of the organization, such as marketing and sales, product development and engineering, management and administration.

They also evaluate the capabilities and limitations of the organization’s employees, so they can identify the root cause of problems an organization is facing. After that, they can create a strategy for owners and managers to implement and solve those issues swiftly and in a sustainable way.

If you are thinking about hiring a consulting expert to help you run your business more successfully, consultants with CMC certification are the best possible choice. Make sure you’re putting your trust into the capable hands of a consultant who can work with you to take your managerial and leadership skills to the next level.

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Dwight Mihalicz helps organizations improve performance. He focuses on manger effectiveness, ensuring that all managers, from the CEO to the front line, are focused on their key strategic priorities and have the accountability and authority required for success.

Dwight has founded and is President of Effective Managers™, a management consulting firm based in Canada, providing services globally. The firm uses the Effective Managers™ Survey to assess manager effectiveness, and The Effective Point of Accountability® to help organizations focus managers on the right work while breaking down silos.

He is also Chair of ICMCI (CMC-Global), of which CMC-Canada is one of its 50 members. To learn more about Dwight's work, visit: www.effectivemanagers.com. And check out his YouTube channel for free VidCasts and recorded Webinars.





03-22-2019 04:48

Presently, I am traveling in the Philippines and have only intermittent internet access. Hence, the delay in submitting the following comments and perspective.
By way of introduction, I received my CMC in 1980, am a past president of the Manitoba institute, past board member of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Canada (now known as CMC-Canada) and chair of the Professional Recognition and Member Services Committee in that capacity during which time a primary focus was the importance of  seeking  provincial legislation.
One of the (FEW) benefits of being my age is you have faced and have now acquired 20-20 hindsight on most issues and ask you consider the following comments within that context.
Accordingly, I suggest the essence of our distinctive competence as CMCs is that in Canada we are OBLIGED BY LAW and enforceable through various provincial legislation to adhere to 'a higher level' of strict standards. Such enforceability constitutes the fundamental difference between a club and a profession. It also results in a 'higher level' of protection for clients, members of the profession and the general public which was the primary reason various provincial governments passed such legislation in the 1980s and early 1990s.
More recently, I was involved in developing the information pamphlet distributed to Manitoba members to help them communicate their distinctive competence. The pamphlet "CMC - A Higher Level of Management Consulting By Law" states the privileges and obligations of legislation governing CMCs, outlines the 5 dimensions of a CMC and how these result in superior deliverables. 
In Manitoba, only CMCs are entitled by law and authorized by the provincial institute to certify and seal documents regarding management consulting engagements and to issue institute approved 'Certification Statements' on proposals, reports and letters of expert opinion. These are also included in the pamphlet.
On a personal note, I have included the statements, signed and sealed engagement documents. I strongly encourage their adoption by members. My experience in this regard was not only were clients impressed with the enhanced level of assurance they were receiving, but also the trust and credibility of my recommendations were similarly enhanced. Now with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, I wish I had understood and used these tools 30 years ago.
I hope this perspective and these comments are found to be helpful with respect to why clients should insist on the protection afforded by the CMC designation when engaging management consulting services.
J.J (Sean) Sweeney, FCMC

03-15-2019 19:07

Absolutely. Please feel free to use it in any way that advanced our profession. Cheers!

03-15-2019 09:27

​Well done, Dwight.
Can we re-use it, as part of our renewed initiative on creating awareness of the CMC (Fed Gov for now)?