This page describes the CMC® triennial recertification process and how to reinstate an expired CMC® Certificate. CMCs recertify every third year by June 30th. The CMC Recertification form/process is online only.
CMC Recertification begins May 1st each year.
Deadline is June 30th of each year.
A $70 administrative fee, per recertification candidate, may incur after the June 30th deadline.
1. All CMC’s that choose not to complete the recertification process, will be downgraded from an IMC USA Certified Member to a Professional Member on July 1 and, as you agreed when you were certified, that you shall remove all CMC and Certified Management Consultant references and uses from your website, social media, business cards and letterhead, marketing materials and anywhere else referenced to comply with the Registered Trademark Act.
2. CMC Triennial Recertification is separate from your IMC USA Membership annual dues. CMCs must recertify every third year by June 30th to remain a Certified Management Consultant.
(Members: Your CMC Elect Date can be found on your member profile under CMC Date. It will also auto-populate in the form when logged in.)
Education – Continuing Professional Development
- Participate in seminars, workshops, or educational programs, including IMC USA Chapter meetings and IMC USA Academy for Professional Development seminars
- Present / facilitate a seminar, workshop, or conference
- Attend IMC USA and other professional organizations’ conferences
- Complete an academic course at a college or university
- Obtain or maintain technical specialty certification by another recognized professional organization (e.g., PE, CPA)
- Complete 30 hours of CPD or its equivalent
Experience as a Full Time Consultant
CMCs should work in their profession. We should be consulting, either for profit or in a pro-bono setting. CMCs need to exercise their skills, work with clients and associates, and ensure they are improving their ability to communicate with and serve clients in a variety of settings. What’s important here is the time you spend working as a management consultant and developing your practice.
- Work full time as a management consultant or as a member or partner of a consulting firm, or
- Work in a pro bono consulting capacity to any institution or organization that benefits others even if it is for a for profit organization, or
- Teach a university level or comparable course (if this is not your only consulting activity).
CMCs should support professional organizations, be actively engaged in a professional community. CMCs should support IMC USA at the chapter or national level. CMCs need to help in the development or screening of “new” CMCs. CMCs can take the “lead” in IMC USA or other organizations. A CMC® can “spread the good word” about management consulting by speaking or publishing. CMCs need to be recognized in “outside” organizations for their expertise and represent the CMC mark for its high integrity and professionalism.
- Serve on a CMC® Oral Examination panel
- Serve as a mentor to either a new member or a CMC® candidate
- Serve as a national Officer, Board member, Chapter President, or Committee Chair for the IMC USA, ICMCI, or another nationally recognized corporation, professional or educational organization, nonprofit, or trade association
- Serve as an Officer, Board member, or Committee member of an IMC Chapter or other IMC activity such as IMC USA conferences, committees, etc.
- Instruct or speak at professional organizations, trade associations, IMC chapters or events, or at a university level
- Publish in a nationally or regionally distributed journal or magazine
- Author a nationally published book
Professional Conduct – Ethics
- Complete a course on Ethics at a college or university (including on-line)
Attend Ethics seminars, workshops or other programs offered by the IMC USA or other professional organizations
- Teach a course on Ethics at a college or university
- Participate in an IMC USA or Chapter Ethics Initiative
- Complete IMC USA Academy Courses on Ethics (see the Certification FAQ’s for Ethics course offerings and points awarded) or its equivalent from another professional organization
- Author an article or attach a case write up on Ethics
CMCs With 10 or More Years Tenure
After three re-certifications, CMCs with 10 or more years tenure using education, experience, outreach and professional conduct as their guide and the CMC Competency Framework as their map, develop their own continuing professional development plan.
When you sign your Recertification form, you reaffirm that you have read, understood and pledge to continue to abide by the Code of Ethics, to use the CMC mark responsibly and to return your CMC® certificate and pin should it be revoked.
Special Circumstances or an Expired CMC® Certificate
If your CMC® Certificate has been expired for years, expect the Certification Committee to ask for a new application and an additional fee to reconstruct your records. Contact the CMC® Certification Committee Chair at [email protected] to discuss your circumstances. CMC® reinstatement up to the end of two years after expiration, submit the Recertification Form meeting all requirements for the last three years and explain any special circumstances.
CMC® reinstatement 3-9 years after expiration, submit the recertification form meeting all requirements for the last three years and explain any special circumstances. Cost: current recertification fee and an additional $100. The CMC® Certification Committee can request new client evaluations. (The CMC® Certification Committee may not accept the special circumstances and decline to reinstate. In this case, your fee would be returned.)
CMC® reinstatement 10+ years after expiration. Submit a new CMC® application with new client referrals and explain any special circumstances. The CMC® Certification Committee can request new client evaluations, new written or oral examinations. Costs: CMC® Application fee. (The CMC® Certification Committee may not accept the special circumstances and decline to reinstatement. In this case, your fee would be returned.)
When Do I Recertify?
The Recertification Form is due June 30th of every third year from your original certification date.
To confirm your recertification date, on IMCUSA.org, open your Profile and scroll down to CMC Expiration Date.
The Recertification Process
The Recertification Process consists of the following steps:
- Annually, review the current recertification form to determine the points you can earn.
- IMC USA’s National Office will notify you in the spring of your recertification year. Keep track of your activities the last three years.
- Ensure you use the recertification form for the current year, since requirements can change year to year.
- Submit your recertification form following the instructions, explain any special circumstances if applicable; and
- Include the IMCUSA member or non-member triennial recertification fee.
- Deferment – The CRC may work out an action plan for completing requirements not met with specific dates for completion. This would depend upon the willingness of the candidate to undertake any actions required.
- Denial – The CRC may deny the recertification of any candidate found seriously lacking in attaining the requirements set forth in the Recertification form.
- Appeal – Any CMC who is deferred or denied recertification, may use the Certification Appeal process of IMC USA.
A Final Note
The IMC USA’s goal in offering an opportunity to renew the CMC Certification is to ensure that we add value and credibility to the CMC mark and to the work we perform for our clients. If each of us continues to grow professionally and be visible in the business and consulting community, we will give greater value to our clients and to the profession.
Your certification fee is determined by your IMC USA member status. IMC USA awards the CMC® to members and non-members. There is no requirement for membership in any professional association or to attend any specific course to apply for the CMC®. IMC USA member rates will apply only if you are in good standing at the time you submit payment. If you join IMC USA after being awarded the CMC mark, member rates will be applicable in the next calendar year.
Initial Certification Application and Assessment (non-refundable)
Member – $350.00
Non-Member – $550.00
Annual CMC Charge (prorated first year)
Member – $395.00
Non-Member – $550.00
Triennial Recertification (an assessment of your continuing professional development)
Member – $150.00
Non-Member – $250.00