A Certification Process Carefully Refined and Simplified
Our Four-Step Certification Process
ICPM’s management certification process can be simplified into four simple steps:
Eligibility and Application
Education and Learning
Exams and Proctoring
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 (CM here, CS here).
All applicants are required to complete our certification applications. The application is simple, and normally takes less than 3 minutes to complete. In order to meet eligibility requirements, applicants are 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 normally provided within 24 to 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays).
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.
ICPM has an extensive network of instructional partners across the globe, which offer both live-online and classroom learning. Our instructional 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 learning to ICPM’s standard self-study option, an instructional partner can be an excellent resource. Take a look at ICPM’s full list of Instructional Partners here.
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:
All ICPM exams must be proctored. Although ICPM does partner with an online proctoring provider that allows applicants to take their certification exams from anywhere and at anytime with a standard microphone, webcam, and an internet connection, all COOL military recipients must utilize an in-person proctor.
Any applicant has the option of using in-person proctoring. If you wish to use this service, you are required to choose your proctor and gain approval for this individual via ICPM’s proctoring requirements. If required or interested, please download and complete the proctor application form here, or contact ICPM at support@mail.ICPM.net for more information.
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 or three year increments. Take some time to learn more about the recertification process here.
Recertification also requires the earning and submission 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 throughout their lifetime.
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 here.