What's Behind The CMC?
In selecting management consultants, managers
are well advised to seek individuals who meet the profession's
standards of competence and ethics. The CMC designation is a valuable
aid in this quest. Certification by the Institute of Management
Consultants is the mark of excellence among management consulting
professionals. Twenty thousand consultants from over twenty nations
have now been awarded the CMC by one of the certifying institutes
which comprise the International Council of Management Consulting
Institutes. The CMC qualifications of all national institutes
meet a minimum global standard recognized by all. IMC USA is a
founding member of the Council, established in 1987 to advance
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 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. Applicants for
Institute certification undergo thorough investigation of their
consulting experience; they are interviewed by a panel of senior
consultants to verify their technical competence; and they must
pass a written examination evidencing their familiarity with the
Institute's Code of Ethics, which they have pledged in writing
What's Behind IMC?
Founded in 1968, the Institute of Management
Consultants (IMC) is the leading association representing management
consultants with members in the U.S. and overseas. It is an outgrowth
of combined efforts by the principal associations and societies
in the field to establish management consulting as a self-regulating
profession, meriting the same public confidence and respect as
medicine, accounting or law. Toward the achievement of this goal,
IMC provides the essential attributes of professionalism:
• A publicly acceptable means of verifying the qualifications
of individual practitioners.
• A Code of Ethics governing professional practice.
• An organization of professionals devoted to advance the
• administer its programs and to maintain its standards.
The primary purpose of the Institute of Management Consultants
(IMC) is to serve as a voice for those in the field and to establish
professional and ethical standards for management consultants.
Code of Ethics
CMCs 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
• Safeguard confidential information
• Render impartial, independent advise
• Accept only those client engagements they are qualified
• Agree with the client in advance on the basis for professional
• Develop realistic and practical solutions to client problems.
The Institute enforces the Code by receiving and investigating
complaints of violations and by taking disciplinary action, including
revocation of certification against any member who is found guilty
of Code violation.
IMC Code of Ethics
Clients: We will serve our clients with
integrity, competence, and objectivity.
We will keep client information and records of client engagements
confidential and will use proprietary client information only
with the client's permission. We will not take advantage of confidential
client information for ourselves or our firms. We will not allow
conflicts of interest which provide a competitive advantage to
one client through our use of confidential information from another
client who is a direct competitor without that competitor's permission.
Engagements: We will accept only engagements for which we are
qualified by our experience and competence. We will assign staff
to client engagements in accord with their experience, knowledge,
and expertise. We will immediately acknowledge any influences
on our objectivity to our clients and will offer to withdraw from
a consulting engagement when our objectivity or integrity may
Fees: We will agree independently and in advance on the basis
for our fees and expenses that are reasonable, legitimate, and
commensurate with the services we deliver and the responsibility
we accept. We will disclose to our clients in advance any fees
or commissions that we will receive for equipment, supplies or
services we recommend to our clients.
Profession: We will respect the intellectual property rights of
our clients, other consulting firms, and sole practitioners and
will not use proprietary information or methodologies without
permission. We will not advertise our services in a deceptive
manner and will not misrepresent the consulting profession, consulting
firms, or sole practitioners. We will report violations of this
Code of Ethics.
Why hire a CMC?
When you consider using
a management consultant, look for the CMC designation...
Your project and your organization
deserve nothing less.
The CMC (Certified Management Consultant)
designation is awarded to those select consultants who have demonstrated
a history of substantive results for clients, adherence to the
canon of ethics of the Institute of Management Consultants USA,
and professional practice management. Global standards of technical
competence and professional conduct are set by the 43-nation International
Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).
At this time, about 1,000 consultants in the United States have
been recognized with the CMC. That is less than 1% of all active
professional management consultants. The advantages to the client organization in ensuring that consultants
engaged for projects possess the CMC designation include:
• A history of results and excellent performance, as evidenced
by client testimonials, references, and repeat business. Evidence
of that successful track record is required for CMC certification.
• Adherence to the highest ethical standards of the profession,
as manifest by successfully completing both written and oral ethics
examinations on the consultant’s commitments to the client,
fiscal responsibility, and to the public and the profession..
• Experience in the field, since a minimum of three years
of continuous consulting and successful results are required for
• Life-long professional education, provided by the IMC
USA in the form of national conferences, local workshops, topical
research, the IMC USA Academy for Professional Development, newsletters,
and other chapter professional development offerings.
• A reference network for challenging client problems, including
the IMC USA national database, local chapter reference sources,
and the combined wisdom of the knowledge management created and
maintained within IMC USA membership.
All these give you confidence in knowing that the consulting resource
you’ve chosen has passed the toughest certification in the
profession, and must maintain that degree of performance through
renewal of that certification every three years to current global
For more information on the IMC, please
visit their web page IMC - USA