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About the Institute of Certified Professional Managers

ICPM has a successful track record of validating and certifying managers spanning over four decades. With nearly 15,000 managers and leaders certified worldwide, the Institute of Certified Professional Managers is the largest management certifying body in the United States, doing business globally. Both managers and employers benefit from the CM certification which is recognized internationally as a valid indicator of managerial competency and leadership potential.

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Learn About ICPM

The Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) was founded in 1974 by two trade associations focused on developing managers and leaders, the National Management Association (NMA) and the International Management Council (IMC).

ICPM was created to provide a formal program of management certification to first line supervisors and to enhance recognition of management as a profession. A grant from the George R. Brown Foundation funded the Institute which originated at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

A Proud Part of James Madison University

In 1977, ICPM moved to the National Management Association’s (NMA) headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. Several years later, at the bequest of ICPM board member and JMU management professor Lester Bittel, the Institute moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia where it resides today as a business center of the James Madison University College of Business (COB).

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The Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) advances global management excellence by identifying and validating core competencies through professional certification and development.


The Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) certifications to be the most valued and sought after globally.

ICPM's Values

ICPM is true and consistent to our universal values in all actions.


Upholding honesty, transparency, and ethical practices in all dealings

Continual Learning

promoting personal and professional development


Committed to high standards in all aspects.


Treating everyone with dignity and valuing their contributions

Our Corporate Structure

ICPM is a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational institute incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is governed by a Board of Regents comprised of representatives from business, industry, academia, and the public. Affiliates that partner with ICPM to support its mission include:

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