Certification Process

A Certification Process Carefully Refined and Simplified

Here at ICPM we realize choosing to get certified can seem like a daunting process. Not only that, but many of our applicants are pursuing their certification while also managing full-time jobs, daily family tasks, and other essential obligations. We fully understand that earning your management certification is a commitment on your part, and while you are committed to us, we are committed to ensuring that you are successful. 
 
To help ICPM has streamlined our certification process so that you can better understand the steps you need to take in order to get certified, but also the process you’ll take to keep your certification current and up to date. Take a look at the certification process below and see how simple it is for you to earn your management certification through ICPM.

Our Four-Step Certification Process

ICPM’s management certification process can be simplified into four simple steps: 

Step 1

Eligibility and Application

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Step 2

Education and Training

Step 3

Exams and Proctoring

Step 4

Recertification and
Life-Long Learning

Step 1
Eligibility and Application

Eligibility

Regardless of what certification you are interested in, the certification process at ICPM begins with determining your eligibility to pursue your desired certification.

Both the Certified Supervisor (CS) and the Certified Manager (CM) certification have eligibility requirements. Applicants should verify the eligibility requirements on the respective certification pages prior to applying.

Application

All applicants are required to complete our certification applications. The application is simple and takes less than 3 minutes to complete. In order to meet eligibility requirements applicants may be asked to upload verifying documentation during or immediately following the completion of the application.

All applications are reviewed by a member of the ICPM team, and application approval or denial notifications are provided within 24 to 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays).

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Step 2
Education and Training

Education

Applicants interested in the CS or CM certification have the option of purchasing access to ICPM’s educational materials, which have proven useful in preparing for the certification exams. ICPM’s educational materials include:

Note: ICPM’s educational materials are optional, and are not required in order to attempt the certification exams.

Training

ICPM has an extensive network of training partners across the globe, which offer both live-online and classroom training. Our training partners are carefully vetted to ensure they meet our standards for management certification training and exam preparation.

For applicants that prefer a structured classroom/online training to ICPM’s standard self-study option, a training partner can be an excellent resource. Take a look at ICPM’s full list of Instructional Training Partners.

Step 3
Exams and Proctoring

Exams

Preparing for, attempting and passing your certification exams is a key component in the certification process. All certification exams are administered entirely online, and are in multiple-choice format. Some key things to remember when preparing for your certification exams:

Proctoring

All ICPM exams must be proctored. ICPM is currently partnered with an online proctoring provider ProctorFree. ProctorFree allows applicants to take their certification exams from anywhere and at anytime with a standard microphone, webcam, and an internet connection. Please take some time to learn more about ProctorFree’s technical requirements for online proctoring.

Applicants also have the option of choosing their own live in-person proctor. However in-person proctors are subject to ICPM’s proctoring requirements. If interested in using an in-person proctor please contact ICPM for more info.

Step 4
Recertification and
Life-Long Learning

Recertification

Both the Certified Supervisor and the Certified Manager certification require recipients to pay a yearly recertification fee, which is crucial in ensuring you maintain your credential.

ICPM offers discounts for paying recertification fees in advance for two to three year increments. Take some time to learn more about the recertification process.

Life-Long Learning

Recertification is also achieved through the process of life-long learning or the earning of professional development units (PDU’s) every three years. Management is a constantly evolving profession, and it is important for certified supervisors/managers to continue the learning process.

Professional development units may be earned in many different ways. ICPM encourages both CS and CM recipients to participate in a variety of different activities to earn their required PDU’s. Take some time to review the allowed professional development activities.