Chartered Manager FAQs

How do I apply to become a Chartered Manager?

Please forward CV and relevant business, management or leadership qualifications to to have your eligibility assessed.

 What does Chartered Manager Assessment involve?
  • You will be provided with a submission document to complete. This is a practical-based assessment that reviews personal skills and expertise in leading people and managing change, and how these skills underpin continually effective performance and make a positive contribution to your organisation.
  • Once submitted, you will be allocated an assessor who will work with you to draw out any further information required in your submission document.
  • You will undertake a 1 hour telephone interview with your assessor to confirm that you are meeting the Chartered Manager standards, including answering any questions they may have or providing any additional information they should require. The submission document asks you to establish how, within the last 18 months, you have:
    • Demonstrated consistent effective performance within your own organisation or a client organisation if appropriate
    • Used your skills and expertise in leading people and managing change in a professional and ethical manner in accordance with the Code of Conduct & Practice
    • Learned from your experience, being committed to ensuring your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

On average it takes approximately 10 hours to complete a written submission.

Do I have to be a Member of IML to continue with my CMgr status?

Yes, you must be an IML member to be a Chartered Manager.

Your IML Chartered Manager Membership also includes Membership of the UK’s Chartered Management Institute.

What will my new designation be?

Depending on your IML Membership grade, your new designation will be one of the below:


What will my ongoing annual Membership fee be?

• Chartered Member – $350 inc GST
• Chartered Associate Fellow – $400 inc GST
• Chartered Fellow – $455 inc GST

This price includes ongoing IML Membership, CMI Membership and continued Chartered Manager status.

I haven’t worked in the last 18 months – can I still apply to be a Chartered Manager?

The timescale for Chartered Manager assessment is focused on the last 18 months of an applicant’s career, as the assessment process looks at the currency of your skills application, and your current management effectiveness.

If you have been out of work for a period of time, your timescale may be able to be extended back. This will depend on the amount of time you have been out of work, and needs to be assessed on a case by case basis. Please contact to seek guidance on your specific situation.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

What is Continual Professional Development (CPD)?

All Chartered Managers commit to ongoing continuing professional development (CPD)

It’s not based on points or time!
CPD is anything that increases your knowledge and skills in a way that makes you a more effective manager and leader can be considered valid CPD. An effective CPD activity must have a clear learning outcome (an output) that is independent of the activity itself (the input).

It is not just about attending formal training courses. Informal learning gained through experience in the workplace can also be extremely important, as can self-directed learning.

How should I approach CPD?

We recommend that good CPD is based on the following 4 stage cycle of:
1. Reflection: What are my needs and objectives?
2. Planning: What am I going to do? When am I going to complete or review this?
3. Action: What have I done? What/When/Where?
4. Evaluation: What have I learnt? Has this met my needs and objectives?
Sometimes learning can occur unexpectedly through experience, i.e. It may start at the Action stage rather than with Reflection, but it is essential that all managers regularly reflect on how their knowledge and skills need to be updated, and plan how they will achieve this

How do I track my CPD?

All Chartered Managers are prompted to keep a record of continuing professional development. You can do this using any method you see fit.

IML will provide a portal for Chartered Managers to log their CPD should they wish to use this method – it will be located in the IML Members Portal.

What constitutes CPD?

Examples could include but are not limited to:

Attending events:
• Conferences
• Seminars/webinars
• Exhibitions
• Networking events

Structured learning:
• Embarking upon, working towards and completing a qualification
• Training courses, including in-house company programmes
• Assessments

Informal or self-directed learning:
• Reading journals, books, research papers
• Viewing multimedia
• Coaching and mentoring
• Experiential or “on-the-job” learning

Volunteering or other activities

We recommend that effective CPD should be multi-faceted, i.e. include a range of different activities that include self-directed study and opportunities to learn from other people in both formal and informal settings.

Will my CPD be audited?

Yes – a proportion of Chartered Managers worldwide will be selected throughout the course of the year for audit, which will require submission of your CPD records for review.

You will be notified if you are selected as part of the sampling group, and will be asked to provide your CPD record (for the previous 12-18 months approx.).

During this process, assessors will be looking for clear evidence that all four stages of the CPD cycle have been considered, so that there has been:
– Reflection on development needs
– Planning of activities to meet these needs (although not all learning has to be planned)
– Action in the form of a variety of developmental activities
– Evaluation of the learning outcomes of these activities and their impact at work

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