Consulting Membership

General Conditions

Membership of the Institute is available to:

  • Management consultants whose principal activity is the practice of management consulting, whether they are self-employed or employees of a firm in public practice.
  • Internal Consultants whose employers are not engaged in the public practice of management consulting for a fee.
  • Academics who consult to management.

Members also satisfy the standards required by the Institute in respect of qualifications, experience, and personal qualities. Members are entitled to use the post-nominal designated for the particular grade membership. Membership grades are:

Affiliate (AFIMC)

Any person, who has an interest in the profession, wishes to be informed about or support the profession and signs the code of conduct, may become an affiliate. Affiliate membership is also open to undergraduates who plan to make a career of consulting.

Associate (AIMC)

A graduate with less than three years management consulting experience or a non-graduate with less than eight years management consulting experience may qualify as an Associate.

Members of the academic professions and those people who provide internal consulting are to be classified as Associates until such times as they can demonstrate they have the equivalent of three years management consulting experience, at which time they may be classified as a Member.

Member (MIMC)

A graduate with three years management consulting experience may be graded as a Member. If an applicant does not possess a degree but has eight years management consulting experience and is working full time as a management consultant they may be accepted as a Member.

Fellow (FIMC)

A Member, who has held that grade for not less than five years and is deemed to have served the profession with distinction, may be graded as a Fellow. This requires a formal application, endorsement and track record to be approved.

Certified Management Consultant (CMC)

A certified management consultant must comply with the internationally accepted competency standard, which guarantees reciprocity between member nations, which cover most parts of the world. For a current list of member nations and much more international information, visit In order to apply for certification, one MUST be a full member before applying for certification.

Code of Ethics

All members agree to abide by the Institute’s Code of Ethics which is approved by the ICMCI.

Benefits of Membership

The full benefit of membership can best be achieved through active participation in Chapter and National Activities. Some of the many benefits of membership and participation to consider are:

Recognition – Members are graded according to skills and experience and are required to abide by a Code of Professional Conduct. Private and public sector clients recognise members as respectable and reliable sources of professional advice.

Networking – Activities of the Institute facilitate networking with fellow professionals. Members may meet to exchange ideas and look towards cooperative opportunities. In addition, we have created an open LinkedIn group for members and non-members, one for CMCs only and one for council members. The last two are closed to application only. To join a particular group, please click on the relevant link on our home page.

Client Referral Services – The Institute maintains a comprehensive database designed to offer a choice of consultants that can be selected by a variety of skills, industry experience and geographical location. This is a valuable tool that is regularly upgraded and offers well-targeted information for the discerning client.

Chapter Activities – Being an active part of Chapter activities provides many benefits including social days, practice development, special speakers, and focused seminars. The effectiveness of any chapter or special interest group depends on individual participation and commitment.

CMC Directories – CMCs are entitled to submit their business cards for publication on the website and on annually. The directories listings are free.

Newsletters – Newsletters are produced regularly throughout the year. These discuss relevant management consulting issues and information and are a regular update forum for Institute members.

Mass Mailers – The IMCSA issues regular mailers informing recipients of opportunities, collaboration requests, international news, special offers, training programmes and more.

Continuing Professional Development – Members can attend accredited professional development programmes, in order to remain current with developing trends. Training programmes can be run in-house on demand or by schedule as indicated in our mass mailers as and when interest is sufficient to warrant a public programme.

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