This section provides details of the various grades of membership within IMCA, which grade you are eligible for and how you can join. The main grades are:
- Member, Certified Management Consultant
- Fellow, Certified Management Consultant
The procedures describing individual membership applications are summarised below for each grade and set out in detail here.
This is the entry level designation and most consultants joining as individuals join as Associates and proceed to work towards full membership. To become an Associate you need to be in full time (solely or primarily) practice as a management consultant or business adviser, and to hold a degree or professional qualification (or experience in lieu in exceptional cases). Applicants must be based in or working in Ireland.
To join you should complete an online Application Form or download an offline Application Form, complete it and send it to IMCA by post or fax. You will need to submit a CV with your application in either case (for approval only and your CV will not be accessible on the web site).
Applicants must study the Code of Professional Conduct before applying.
Certified Management Consultant (CMC) is an internationally recognised management consultancy qualification based on strict certification requirements relating to competence, ethics and independence. Only members of ICMCI (International Council of Management Consulting Institutes) can award the CMC qualification and IMCA is a member of ICMCI.
CMCs are full Members of IMCA. To become a CMC you are required to have at least three years experience in a management consultancy role (you need not, however, be an Associate of IMCA for three years). You also need to hold a degree or professional qualification (or experience in lieu in exceptional cases). The requirements and application procedure are set out in detail here.
Most individual applicants join IMCA as Associates as a precursor to securing CMC and only in exceptional circumstances can they become a CMC directly. (Members can also become CMCs through their employment in an Accredited Consulting Practice.)
CMC is a competence-based qualification and you must provide evidence of competence, experience, education and training as a management consultant by:
- Submitting an online Application Form - or by downloading and completing an offline Application Form;
- Providing a CV together with a Professional Record and Assignment Study;
- Providing details of three independent referees who can vouch for your competence as a management consultant;
- Corroborating the evidence provided in the Assignment Study and Professional Record at an Assessment Interview with a panel of CMCs.
Pre-induction seminars are held to explain the process and help candidates resolve queries on their applications. Since the timing and location of these seminars may not suit all, the seminar is also available online through this audio file (45 minutes) and accompanying presentation. If you cannot listen to the audio file online, download it to your PC and play it from there.
Candidates are asked to verify that they have attended a seminar in person or online before applying. Queries can be addressed to IMCA at any stage of the process and mentors can also be appointed to support candidates in their applications.
Experienced Applicants: A streamlined CMC application process applies for applicants with at least two years in a practice leadership role and 10 years consultancy experience (or 20 years business / consultancy experience). Here it is only necessary to submit an Experienced CMC Application Form (download here) with references and to meet with IMCA for an informal interview.
Fellow, Certified Management Consultant
A Fellow must demonstrate competence over a period of five years after becoming a full Member of the Institute.
The other designations comprise:
Honorary Fellowship is awarded for outstanding service to IMCA and is the highest designation that can be awarded by the Institute.
Members of the Institute who retire from management consultancy or business advisory work and who are over 60 years of age.
Members of the Institute who reside outside of Ireland and wish to have links with the profession in Ireland. The Overseas-based Member Application Form can be downloaded here.
Member or Fellow (not CMC)
Members or Fellows of the Institute who do not now fulfil the requirements to use the designation CMC.
Member or Fellow Not in Practice
Members or Fellows who are no longer engaged in management consulting or business advisory work (e.g. where they have taken up employment) but who wish to retain their membership of the Institute.
Persons who wish to support the Institute or be involved with it in some way but who are not eligible to become members because they are not presently involved in management consulting or business advisory work. The Affiliate Application Form can be downloaded here.
Students of recognised postgraduate and executive education courses are entitled to become Graduate Members of IMCA for the year of their course and the year following graduation. See more details and an online Application Form here.