Certified Manager Certification

Ready for Management Recognition?

Are you ready to set yourself apart from other managerial candidates looking to be considered for higher-level management roles within your organization? Do you feel like your growth as a manager or leader has slowed or completely stalled? ICPM’s professional management certification could be your solution.

 The Certified Manager (CM) certification is a professional credentialing program that verifies an individual’s ability to manage, and its potential to lead with a level of competency. ICPM’s CM certification has been used time and again by employers in a variety of industries to distinguish employees for hiring and career advancement.

Quick Overview

Estimated Time: 6 Months

Times may vary, all applicants have up to 15 months to complete their certification.

Enrollment: Open-Enrollment

Applicants can apply at any time and pursue their certification on their schedule.

Admission: Must Meet Requirements

Applicants must meet both education and experience requirements to pursue the CM certification.

Examination: 3 Certification Exams

Certification is awarded after passing all three 100 question multiple-choice online exams.

What You'll Learn

The Certified Manager certification is divided into 3 key sections. These sections include management essentials, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. These managerial sections cover multiple aspects of the business world necessary for all managers to be acquainted with before taking on higher management roles. The CM curriculum covers:
CM 1
CM 2
CM 3
Certified Manager 1: Management Essentials

This section covers the following topics/areas:

  • The management process today
  • Characteristics of managers
  • Ethics and social responsibility
  • Managing in the global environment
  • Managing for sustainability
  • Promoting effective communication
  • Decision making
  • Using information technology to increase performance
  • The legal environment and managing risk
  • Understanding economics and how it affects business
Certified Manager 2: Planning and Organizing
This section covers the following topics/areas:
  • Planning and strategy
  • Value-chain management
  • Organizational structure and culture
  • Managing a diverse workforce
  • Building high-performance teams
  • Human resource management
  • Coaching and performance feedback
  • Networking and mentoring
  • Project management
  • Running effective meetings
Certified Manager 3: Leading and Controlling

This section covers the following topics/areas:

  • Leadership
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Managing change
  • Organizational conflict and politics
  • Managing misbehavior
  • Time and stress management
  • Organizational and operational control
  • Accounting and financial information
  • Financial management

CM Exam Blueprint

Together all three Certified Manager exams assess essential analytical skills, knowledge and decision-making skills in the following areas: 

CM Exam 1

Management Essentials

The Profession of Management


The Global Business Environment


Communication & Information Technology


Ethical Decision-Making


CM Exam 2

Planning and Organizing





Talent/Human Resource Management


CM Exam 3

Leading and Controlling







Financial Management


How You'll Learn

The Certified Manager learning experience is tailored to working professionals seeking maximum flexibility.

Learn at your Own Pace

The CM Certification is self-paced, therefore you work at the times that are most convenient for you.

Completely Online

The entire CM Certification can be completed online, both course materials and certification exams.

Accompanying Materials

The CM certification includes access to ICPM's eLearning Materials which include presentations, notes, quizzes, and practice exams.

Changing Lives, One Applicant at a Time

Here at ICPM we are proud to have had more than 14,000 supervisors and managers worldwide successfully earn one of our management certifications. Not only this, but the skills and knowledge they are obtaining through our certifications are being put to use on a daily basis and helping them succeed in their careers. 

Our customers constantly agree that our certifications have helped them become not only better managers, also a more successful co-worker and employee. At ICPM our commitment and focus is to your success in earning your management certification.

Why Choose the Certified Manager Certification?


Profession in High Demand

The need for qualified managers is expected to grow 5% through 2029*. This growth is faster than average for all occupations, , meaning employers are going to need to fill roles with qualified employees with the skills necessary to manage.

Industry Flexible

Management is a profession that is not industry specific, so regardless of the industry for which you are employed, a CM's managerial and supervisory skills will always be relevant.

Higher Pay and Greater Responsibilities

CM managers see greater earning potential, and are often singled out as prime candidates for advancement within their organizations.

Is the CM Certification Right For Me?

The Certified Manager certification is a professional level program, for individuals with prior management experience. Individuals interested in the CM program must meet ICPM’s education and experience requirements in order to be accepted into the program.

Education Requirements

To meet the educational eligibility requirements for the CM certification applicants should be able to document at least 3 but no more than 6 points. Education points should be documented with:

Education Points

Education points are determined through the following system:

Experience Requirements

To meet the experience eligibility requirements for the CM certification applicants should be able to document at least 4 but no more than 7 points. Experience points should be documents with:

Experience Points

Experience points are determined through the following system:

The Application Process

The Certified Manager (CM) Certification requires an application to be completed before an applicant can be enrolled in the program. We make this process easy. 

Complete the Online Application

Fill out our simple application form. There is no application fee and the process takes less than 5 minutes.

Purchase the CM Certification

After completing your application you'll have the choice to purchase your CM Certification.

Application Review and Verification

Once payment has been made ICPM will process and review your application. Your credit card is not charged until your application is approved.

Begin the Certification Process

Once your application is approved you are ready to begin the certification process. Take some time to learn more about the certification process

Certified Manager Pricing

Individuals have two excellent options to choose from when it comes to obtaining their CM certification. Choose the option that best suits your needs and get started today!

**All Bundle purchases that require textbook delivery to an international (non-continental US address) are subject to an additional shipping charge. Shipping fees are calculated after bundle purchases have been received and a separate invoice will be emailed. Shipment of textbooks will not occur until shipping charge payment has settled.

CM Standard Bundle

$ 555
  • Up to 15 Months to Complete
  • E-Learning access through program
  • 3 CM Certification Exams
  • Online Proctoring for 3 Exams
  • 3 Printed CM Textbooks

CM Full Bundle

$ 850
  • Up to 15 Months to Complete
  • E-Learning access through program
  • 3 CM Certification Exams
  • Online Proctoring for 3 Exams
  • 3 Printed CM Textbooks

CM Accelerated Bundle

$ 225
  • Up to 6 Months to Complete
  • E-Learning access through program
  • 3 CM Certification Exams
  • Online Proctoring for 3 Exams
  • 3 Printed CM Textbooks

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