What my Professional Accreditations Mean to You

In a nutshell, I’m the real deal, I’m not between jobs. Business consulting has been my job for 20+ years. I have earned the professional designation of Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and I am also an Associate of the Institute for Independent Business.

Certified Management Consultant (CMC)

The CMC designation demonstrates a consultants’ commitment to the best practices in management consulting. In today’s business climate, clients seek a trusted advisor with proven skills. The Essentials of Management Consulting is designed to help management consultants learn to address all six functional areas of their clients’ organizations, as well as to help prepare them for the Comprehensive Exam leading to the CMC designation.

The CMC designation is awarded to those select consultants who have demonstrated a history of substantive results for clients, adherence to the canon of ethics of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, and professional practice management. Global standards of technical competence and professional conduct are set by the 44-nation International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).

The advantages to the client organization in ensuring that consultants engaged possess the CMC designation include:

  • A history of results and excellent performance, as evidenced by client testimonials, references, and repeat business. Evidence of that successful track record is required for CMC certification.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards of the profession, as manifest by successfully completing both written and oral ethics examinations on the consultant’s commitments to the client, fiscal responsibility, and to the public and the profession..
  • Demonstration of a the highest level of competence as a consultant.
  • Experience in the field, since a minimum of three years of continuous consulting and successful results are required for certification.
  • Life-long professional education, provided by the organization in the form of national conferences, local workshops, topical research, newsletters, and other chapter professional development offerings.

All these give you confidence in knowing that the consulting resource you’ve chosen has passed the toughest certification in the profession, and must maintain that degree of performance through renewal of that certification every three years to current global standards.

Associate of the Institute for Independent Business (AInstIB)

Any senior executive who considers that he or she is suitable for accreditation must pass through the Institute’s selection process, and then undertake the Consultancy Business Development Program. This provides a framework for developing skills suited specifically for the SME sector. The exclusive network of Executive Associates which is the largest in the world, allows them to work together on assignments to ensure that supported businesses receive the highest quality service.

Experience —
As mature business people, Executive Associates have typically been Chief Executives, Managing Directors or Executive Board Directors, and have personal experience with the pressures, stresses and joys of running a business. In addition to having run some of the best known businesses in the world, many have started, run and eventually sold their own small to medium sized businesses.

Selection, Training & Accreditation —
Any senior executive or business leader who considers that he or she is suitable for accreditation must pass through the Institute’s selection process, and then undertake the Consultancy Business Development Program.

This provides a framework for developing skills suited specifically for the SMB sector. The first program was started in January 1991 and to date more than 4,500 executives have completed the Distance Learning and Residential Business School required to achieve the status of an accredited Executive Associate.

Continual Professional Development —
Once accredited, Executive Associates continue to be supported by the Institute through monthly training workshops and an internet based system which provides a platform for exchange of information and the sharing of expertise. The exclusive network of Executive Associates which is the largest in the world, allows them to work together on assignments to ensure that supported businesses receive the highest quality service.

Continual Professional Development —
The Institute requires all Executive Associates who have been through its accreditation process to give, free of charge, some time each month for selected meetings with independent business owners. Unlike some advisory services, the benefit of being supported by IIB Executive Associates is that they have ‘been there, seen it, and survived to tell the story’, and are sufficiently experienced to be able to provide practical advice that works