Beedie School of Business & CMC-Canada Partnership

The Beedie School of Business at the Simon Fraser University is proud to offer its MBA students the opportunity to complete the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) requirements leading to the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation while working towards an MBA at Beedie School of Business.

What is CMC-Canada?

CMC-Canada administers, and its provincial Institutes confer, the CMC designation in Canada. The association and its members advocate for the CMC designation and are dedicated to advancing the profession and delivering the benefits of those efforts to the client community. CMC-Canada is a founding member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).

What is a CMC-Canada designation?

The CMC designation is the profession's only international certification mark, recognized in more than 40 countries. It represents a commitment to the highest standards of consulting and adherence to the ethical canons of the profession.

What does the partnership with CMC-Canada mean?

To be eligible to purse the CMC designation – you are required to have 3 years management consulting experience. This partnership will allow students and recent alumni of the Beedie Full-time, Part-time, Executive, and Management of Technology MBA programs to count certain classes within the programs towards the 3600 hours of consulting experience required to qualify for the prestigious CMC designation. This would essentially be 3 months of the required 36 months (3 years) needed.

CMC - Canada Courses Requirements:

  • Essentials of Management Consulting- Waived
  • Project Management- Waived
  • Personal and Interpersonal Skills- Waived
  • Ethical Behaviour- CMC-Canada Course delivered by CMC-Canada or SFU using a CMC-Canada trained facilitator

Who can apply?

Graduates of the MBA programs at Beedie School of Business qualify for advanced standing in CMC-Canada’s professional program leading to the CMC designation. This is under the assumption that they meet all program and course requirements. Professional membership in the association is available to any Canadian resident who is a practicing management consultant or has an interest in advancing the profession. Student membership is open to fulltime students at SFU Beedie’s Graduate Business School.

MBA Requirements:

Candidates wishing to pursue the CMC designation following their MBA degree will be able to do so by meeting the following MBA requirements:

  • Students must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent to qualify for the CMC designation
  • Students must complete all MBA-CMC-Canada required courses with a grade of 70% or higher in each course
  • Students must successfully complete the MBA Program at Beedie School of Business

Students entering the MBA Program without a university degree will not qualify for the CMC designation unless decided otherwise by CMC-Canada.

Complete Oral Assessment

Note: Candidates MUST have at least three years full-time management consulting experience in order to proceed to this step.

Other Preparation Requirements

Experience Declaration Form

Signed declaration attesting to at least three years/1,200 hours a year in the business of management consulting including the immediate past 12 months. This declaration must be signed by one of the candidate's CMC-Canada sponsors. Declarations are submitted to the CMC-Canada office, which forwards them to the appropriate Institute for review.

Engagement Summaries

All candidates must submit three engagement summaries of consulting projects in which they have been involved. All summaries must be reviewed and initialed by one of the candidate's CMC-Canada sponsors prior to submission to the CMC-Canada office, which forwards them to the appropriate Institute for review.

Client References

All candidates must ensure submission of three client references based on their engagement summaries (clients complete a questionnaire that independently verifies CMC-Canada candidates’ consulting skill competency and adherence to ethical behaviour). Client references will be provided directly to CMC-Canada by the client

Client Deliverables

All candidates will bring multiple copies of sample deliverables to their Oral Assessment, based on one engagement summary and the client reference for the same project. The deliverables will be submitted in hard copy at the oral assessment ONLY and the candidate will take the copies away at the end of the assessment. CMC-Canada and/or the assessors will not retain copies of the deliverables. Oral assessors will sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the assessment.

Application Process and Fees:

To pursue the CMC-Canada designation candidates must become a CMC-Canada member. The application form can be completed online at . Full-time students will pay $75 annual membership and graduates will pay a $395 annual membership fee. When the CMC-Canada designation is granted by a certifying institute the annual membership fee becomes $495 (plus HST).

For more information on CMC-Canada requirements go to:

Phone: 1-800-268-1148