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What is the difference between CMI and ILM?

Whether you’re looking to enter the world of Leadership and management for the first time or to improve and hone existing skills, you may be considering undertaking one of the many leadership and management qualifications on offer.

Management Qualifications can give a huge boost to your skills and career prospects and are highly sought after by employers as they demonstrate that you have the dedication and practical management skills required to thrive in your role.

The management sector boasts a wide range of qualifications, provided by two world-class awarding bodies, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Both are prestigious, well-respected institutions, internationally recognised as providing world-class management training – so what’s the difference? And who’s who?


  • Who are the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)?

  • Who are the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)?

  • Which is best CMI or ILM?

  • What is Chartered Manager Status?