Chartered Manager (CMgr) frequently asked questions (FAQs)

This section covers frequently asked questions relating to CMgr.

Chartered Manager (CMgr) - frequently asked questions

What is the CMgr award?

Chartered Manager is the most prestigious status that can be achieved in the managerial profession and viewed by many as the "practical MBA" for a fraction of the cost and time.  Awarded only by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), it is recognised throughout the public and private sectors and across all management disciplines.

What are the benefits of CMgr?

For a professional engineer, the CMgr award can provide clear evidence that they possess management and leadership skills to support their technical engineering competency.

The CMgr award:

  • Enhances your employability
  • Provides a professional status
  • Demonstrates your managerial competence
  • Increases your confidence and proves you possess transferable managerial skills

The CMI report, Professionalising Management: the impact of Chartered Manager (2012) surveyed over 400 Chartered Managers and examined how Chartered Manager status had benefited them as individuals and in terms of the impact on their employers.

Chartered Manager is ranked by managers as one of the top three most effective management development options, with other key findings from the report revealing that:

  • the most widespread benefits of becoming Chartered are increased self awareness (93 per cent) and self-confidence (86 per cent)
  • by making significant savings or performance improvements (68 per cent) or implementing product, service or market innovations (65 per cent), it is calculated that Chartered Managers deliver an average of £362,176 in added value to their organisations
  • one in three report a promotion/career progression since becoming Chartered. Of those reporting a salary increase, the average value equates to an additional £7,190 income per year.

For the full text of the report, see: Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Why is IET partnering with CMI to offer CMgr to its members?

Management and leadership are key responsibilities for most Professional Engineers.  The Engineering Council (EngC) has shown that 72 per cent have a significant managerial role1.  This means there is a clear need for many Engineers to commit a significant proportion of their professional development towards management and interpersonal skills in order to build and maintain the competence they need to become and remain well-rounded professionals.

IET has recognised the need to provide practical support to its members to support their continuing professional development in respect of management and leadership development and so is partnering with CMI in order to do so.

Professional engineers need management skills – Engineering Council 2003

Why should I apply for CMgr via IET rather than directly with CMI?

IET members applying to become CMgr via this offer benefit from a 50 per cent reduction in the price of CMI membership (which is required to become a CMgr).  This reduction is also applied to annual CMgr renewals fee, as long as the member also retains their IET membership.

What does the CMgr application process involve?

IET members who hold CEng or IEng status are eligible, subject to assessment of their management experience, for the qualified route to CMgr.   The qualified route reviews your personal skills and expertise in leading people and managing change, and how these skills underpin continually effective performance and make a positive contribution to your organisation. This involves validation of your experience and completion of a submission form and telephone interview to demonstrate consistent performance within the last 18 months. 

There are two versions of the qualified route:

  • Written submission and telephone interview
  • Professional discussion via a series of telephone interviews

How much does it cost to become a CMgr?

There are two dimensions to the costs:

  1. Application route – via written submission or professional discussion.  Please note that VAT is payable on assessment fees.
  2. Grade applied for – Chartered Manager (CMI) Member or Chartered Manager (CMI Fellow).  Membership fees are exempt from VAT.

Full fees can be found on the Chartered Manager webpage.

What payment methods can I use for my CMgr application?

The online application process supports credit and debit card payments.  You can use a personal or business card for your payment.

How long does it take to become a CMgr?

The length of the process will vary for each individual but in principle you should be able to successfully complete the process within six weeks.  However, applicants have up to 12 months from initial registration in which to complete their application.

Is CMgr, via the IET, available outside of the UK?

Yes. CMgr is available to IET Members from anywhere in the world although all payments must be made in Sterling (GBP £).

How do I renew my CMgr status?

CMgr renewal fees will be paid alongside your current IET membership subscription.  IET members who become CMgrs via this route will continue to benefit from a 50 per cent discount off their CMgr renewal fee as long as they also continue their IET membership.

I’m interested in getting CMgr status for a number of IET members within my organisation.  Is this possible?

Yes. The online application process only supports single applications but please call CMI on 01536 207380 to discuss how CMgr can benefit your organisation. 

What are the CPD requirements for CMgr?

All CMgrs are required to maintain records of their CPD and to submit these to CMI if requested to do so.  Each year we ask a number of CMgrs to do this.

Do I have to keep separate CPD records in addition to those I maintain for IET?

No. CMI has an online CPD recording tool but there is no obligation to use this.  IET CMgrs can continue to use Career Manager as their single CPD record so there is no obligation to maintain two separate records.  CMI accepts CPD records in any electronic format as long as they can demonstrate a structured approach to CPD that includes:

  1. Reflection on development needs
  2. Planning of intended development activities
  3. The undertaking of relevant development activities
  4. Evaluation of the effectiveness of these activities in meeting development objectives