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CMI Level 4 - Management & Leadership Studies

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CMI Level 4 – Studies in Management and Leadership.

 Who are these qualifications for?

The CMI Level 4 qualifications in Management and Leadership are designed for established junior managers and those aspiring middle managers who wish to develop their skills focussing on making effective use of information in decision making, operations and the development of skills in managing people.

These qualifications are derived from the National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership and are accredited on the UK national qualifications framework.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific entry requirements for these qualifications. However, you are likely to have a number of years junior management experience. If you are in any doubt about which is the right level of qualification for you, please discuss your ideas and needs with the Programme Director of Aquarius Training & Development Partners.

The Level 4 qualifications in Management and Leadership offer a highly flexible approach to learning. They allow the freedom and choice to select from the broad range of units available, allowing employers and individuals to tailor the size and elements of the qualifications to suit their specific needs.


Level 4 – Award in Management & Leadership   (Start on the right track...Develop your knowledge and focus on the key skills required in management and leadership at a junior level)

To achieve this qualification,  you need to complete at least one unit with a minimum value of 6 credits.

CMI Level 4 – Certificate in Management & Leadership  (Take things further.... Enhance your capabilities further and take a more extensive look at the requirements needed to be an effective manager in your organisation)

To achieve this qualification, you need to complete any combination of units to achieve a minimum of 13 credits.

CMI Level 4 – Diploma in Management & Leadership  (Jump right in..... the Diploma offers a full suite of competencies required for you to become the manager you need to be, both for your own professional development and to benefit your organisation long-term.

To achieve this qualification, you need to complete Units 4001V1, 4002V1, 4003V1,  and 5001V1 plus at least three other units to achieve a minimum of 39 credits.

How are these qualifications assessed?

Assessment is normally via practical work-based assignments proved by your Approved Centre. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’ s context.

How long will it take?

The time taken to complete the qualification will depend upon the units chosen and the delivery times and methods adopted by your chosen Centre. However as a guide:

* The Award can take as little as 4 - 6 weeks
* The certificate can take between 2 - 3 months
* The Diploma can take between 6 to 12 months

Why choose an Institute qualification?

The Chartered Management Institute is the only Chartered professional body dedicated to management and leadership. You can therefore expect to receive the greatest possible value from our qualifications:

…..all underpinned by our unrivalled reputation for quality, support and customer service, delivered by the Institute’s dedicated Centres, verifiers and staff.

Unit Overviews

Managerial styles & Behaviouers (Unit code 4001V1 – Credit value 6)
You will learn how to understand the assumptions about human nature and managerial behaviour. How management style can influence managerial behaviour and understand the need to apply a range of management styles

Managing stakeholder expectation (Unit code 4002V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn how to understand and identify organisational stakeholders, to understand their expectations and to develop services offerings to meet these requirements

Understanding organisational culture, values and behaviour. (Unit code 4003V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn to understand the concept of organisational culture, the impacts of values that underpin individual and organisational performance. To be able to understand the relationship between values and behaviour.

Understanding team dynamics (Unit code 4004V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn the differences between groups and teams; to understand the concept of formal & informal group norms; to understand group development & maturity and how to manage remote, displaced or virtual teams.

Management report writing (Unit code 4005V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn to understand the purpose of management reporting, how to construct a management report and to understand the collection and analysis of data and information required for a written management report

Management & Leadership influencing skills (Unit code 4006V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn to understand the sources of authority and leadership influence and the skills involved in applying it. Be able to understand the application of delegation and empowerment

Managing interviews (Unit code 4007V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn to understand the contexts of an interview, the associated skills and techniques and, how to summarise and close interviews. 

Promoting equality and diversity (Unit code 4008V1 – Credit value 7)
You will understand the legislation, regulations, policies, and codes of practice relevant to equality and diversity. Understand how organisational and individual behaviour affects individuals and team and how to encourage equality and diversity in others.

Staff inspection Review (Unit code 4009V1 – Credit value 8)
You will understand the role of staff inspection reviews and to be able to plan such reviews. To understand the major element to be considered when work is undertaken and organised  and to understand workload grading and job evaluation assessment

Being a leader (Unit code 5012 – Credit value 7)
You will learn about ethical and value-based approaches to leadership, different styles of leadership and how to motivate your team to achieve objectives.

Introduction to management coaching & mentoring (Unit code 5014 – Credit value 6)
You will learn about introducing the practice of management coaching and mentoring.

What support will I get?

In addition to the support available from your chosen Centre, the Institute provides a unique and comprehensive package of candidate support, with access to:

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of a Level 4 qualification in Management & Leadership QCF, a number of progression opportunities become available:

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