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Acacia Launches New CMI Management & Leadership Courses

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If you’re a current or aspiring middle or senior leader looking to gain the strategic knowledge and skills necessary to effectively lead in an organisational setting, then a CMI qualification may be a great fit for your professional development.

Here’s what you need to know about our 100% online CMI qualifications at Level 5 and Level 7. 

Is a CMI qualification right for me?

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has been advocating for the development of leadership and management skills for over 60 years.

With over 100,000 members, they’re the leading authority worldwide for management, leadership and superior business quality. They’re also incorporated under a Royal Charter and pride themselves in being the only organisation worldwide that can award Chartered Manager status: a prestigious industry accolade. 

According to recent research performed by CMI, 91% of CMI Chartered Managers have said their self-awareness has increased since gaining Chartered status, while 88% said their confidence about their work has increased. 

Additionally, the same study found that 81% of leadership professionals said that since undertaking a CMI course their management skills have improved, with 76% stating that the Chartered Manager status provides the  “ultimate competitive advantage” when applying for jobs. 

It’s also worth noting that Chartered Managers receive an average pay rise of £13k once having received their Chartered status.

Our 100% Online CMI Programmes 

CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership

A shorter qualification than the Level 5 Diploma, the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership is designed for mid-level managers and leaders at operational, divisional, department or specialist level, who are typically accountable to a senior manager or business owner. 

The CMI Level 5 Certificate is ideal for those looking to develop their core strategic skills in leadership and management, also making it an ideal choice for those embarking on their middle management career for the first time.

Through this course, learners will have the opportunity to master the key strategic principles that will contribute towards successful management, while also discovering how to effectively lead, manage and develop individuals and teams to achieve lasting results and positive change in their organisation. 

CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership

If you are looking to further enhance your knowledge while also mastering a wider range of tactical skills, from change management to coaching and mentoring, then perhaps you should consider the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership.

This CMI Level 5 Diploma is the longer version of the Level 5 Certificate, giving middle managers and leaders the opportunity to choose from a wider array of topics and modules - a selection of 9 overall - customising the qualification based on their professional goals.

The combination of these modules must total at least 37 credits and include:

  • Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context (7 credits)
  • Principles of Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams to Achieve Success (6 credits)
  • Managing Performance (5 credits)
  • Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (5 credits)
  • Principles of Delivering Coaching and Mentoring (5 credits)
  • Managing Projects to Achieve Results (6 credits)
  • Managing Change (4 credits)
  • Using Data and Information for Decision Making (5 credit)
  • Using Reflective Practice to Inform Personal and Professional Development (5 credits)

The CMI Level 5 Diploma explores how projects and performance can be managed along with implementation of change, use of data to make evidence-based decisions and coach your team, ultimately driving change to achieve success.

Following the completion of the CMI Level 5 Diploma, successful candidates, along with 3+ years industry experience in a management position, are eligible for the prestigious Chartered Manager status.

CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice

Designed for senior managers and directors, the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice is the ideal qualification for those who have a hand in leading their organisation, giving them the opportunity to concentrate their studies on the modules most valuable for their career progression.

Through the CMI Level 7 Certificate, learners can choose from the following modules, their choices of which must total at least 140 learning hours: 

  • Strategic Leadership (110 hours)
  • Developing Organisational Strategy (90 hours)
  • Leading Strategic Change (80 hours)
  • Organisational Design and Development (80 hours)
  • Strategic Management of Data and Information (80 hours)
  • Personal and Professional Development for Strategic Leadership (90 hours)

The aim of this course is to equip management professionals with the essential strategic skills and knowledge in order to effectively plan and adapt their practices when faced with complex organisational challenges, while also helping them understand how to set and deliver against long term business objectives.

CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice

Similarly to the CMI Level 7 Certificate, the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice is aimed towards senior managers and directors looking to upskill and elevate their careers. 

Unlike its certificate equivalent, the CMI Level 7 Diploma covers a wider range of modules that are reflective of the tasks and responsibilities expected of senior managers, giving learners the comprehensive knowledge required to deliver long-term organisational results across their business.  

The selection of modules available for this course mirror those of the CMI Level 7 Certificate, with one additional module to note: Strategic Management Project (100 hours). For the CMI Level 7 Diploma, however, a learner’s choice must total to a minimum of 370 learning hours to complete the course. 

To add, depending on a learner’s career goals, they have the opportunity to study the theories and practice behind managing people, projects, data, change, organisational strategy or OD&D at the highest level, while also developing prominent leadership skills to achieve both personal and professional success.  

Upon successful completion of this qualification, as well as having gained 3+ years experience in management positions, candidates can apply for Chartered Manager status: the ultimate professional accolade for managers around the world. 

However, keep in mind that if you are interested in becoming a Chartered Manager, only our CMI Diplomas put learners on the pathway for Chartered Manager status - the Certificates do not qualify. 

So, if you’re a current or aspiring mid-level or senior leader hoping to further enhance your career with a highly acclaimed industry qualification, while gaining key knowledge and skills to effectively manage within an organisational setting, study a CMI qualification with Acacia and watch as your career flourishes. 


Develop your management career with a 100% online CMI qualification. Enrol today and watch your career grow.