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If you’re serious about being a better manager, we can give you the tools to succeed. If you’ve got questions about our School of Management and Inclusive leadership courses we have tried to help below.


What are CMI Qualifications?

The CMI is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest industry standards in management and leadership. The CMI offers a range of qualifications proven to enhance employability, improve productivity, and increase earning potential.

Whether you’re starting out in your career or looking to grow your management capabilities, a CMI qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to excel in a leadership role and take your management career further.

  • 80% of managers said that gaining a CMI qualification is a key element of becoming a professional manager
  • 79% confirmed their new skills have increased overall team performance.


What do the different levels of study mean?

Designed in collaboration with employers, CMI qualifications offer a range of opportunities for professionals at all levels in management and leadership roles. We offer the following CMI courses:

Award: Entry level – offers a short, concise understanding – takes 1-3 months to complete
Certificate: Intermediate level – covers a broader base of knowledge – takes 3-6 months
Diploma: Advanced level – provides a comprehensive depth of learning – takes 6-12 months


Why choose Sandwell College?

  • Free courses: All Level 3 and 5 CMI courses are free for anyone aged 19 or over and living in the West Midlands.
  • Flexible courses: We offer flexi-study, distance, online, and evening courses so you can learn to a schedule that works for you.
  • CMI approve center: We’re approved by the Chartered Management Institute to provide the highest standards of management and leadership development.
  • High success rates: 91% of learners on our CMI programmes in 2021 achieved their qualification.
  • Quality teaching standards: Sandwell College has been awarded a third consecutive Good grading by Ofsted.


Where will I study?

There are a number of study options available to suit your lifestyle as we know how busy people’s lives are.

Flexi study

The Flexi-Study approach combines one day a month of face-to-face classroom teaching with independent distance learning, using online, on-demand learning materials which are available 24/7. You will also have a dedicated tutor who is there to support you throughout your studies via scheduled online assignment workshops and a personal tutorial to provide support with each assignment. The monthly classes are delivered at Sandwell College’s Professional Studies Centre at Bennetts Hill in Birmingham City Centre. New Street Station and Snow Hill Station are only a few minutes walk away and the area is well served by buses and trams.

Evening course

Evening courses are delivered fully online with ‘real-time’ interactive classes taking place online. Online, on-demand learning materials are available 24/7 and are accessible by both PCs and mobile devices.


The classes are delivered online – flexible to suit you. Start date and end date to suit the learner.


Which courses are free?

All Level 3 and 5 CMI courses are free for anyone aged 19 or over and living in the West Midlands. Some of these courses usually cost thousands so don’t miss out!

Where can I find a full list of courses?

The list of courses can be found here. The main intake times are April/May, September/October and January/February.



Ready to start your journey to success? Apply for a CMI course now! To learn more about CMI qualifications, get in touch with our Head of the School of Management and Inclusive Leadership [email protected].



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