CMI Level 6 Diploma in Professional Management and Leadership Practice

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CMI Level 6 Diploma in Professional Management and Leadership Practice

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Join an exclusive community of exceptional managers and leaders studying CMI Level 6
through the Chartered Management Institute.

The Level 6 qualification is designed for senior managers wanting to develop their professional management and leadership practice. It aims to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours needed to drive innovation and change and lead operational strategies to achieve an objective. This qualification is ideal for you if you are in a senior management or leadership role. 


Upon completing this qualification, learners will be awarded Foundation Chartered Manager status. This professional status puts you on the path to becoming a Chartered Manager. This status gives you professional recognition and puts you on the path to becoming a Chartered Manager.

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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has been leading the evolution of management since 1947, and is the only body approved by the Royal Charter for expertise on management & leadership.  Based in the United Kingdom and responsible for the UK’s first diploma in Management studies, CMI is the only body that can award the prestigious Chartered Manager Status.

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With over 15 years’ experience, we specialise in providing fully accredited and globally recognised qualifications. Not only are we an Approved CMI centre, but we offer additional support and services to help you maximise your study success. These include:

A personalised Support Team who will encourage you, motivate you and check in with you regularly.

Pre-marking of each assignment prior to the official marking to professionally guide you and make sure you are on track with what the CMI assessors are looking for.

Experienced CMI tutors to support you and ensure you get the most out of your studies.

Recruitment services to help kick start your job seeking journey once you complete your studies.

Fully flexible study options that allow you to study from anywhere, at any time, with no limits.

Our CMI courses are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (the CMI) and is the only body approved by Royal Charter for expertise in management & leadership.


CMI Level 6 Diploma in Professional Management and Leadership Practice

Accredited by:

Chartered Management Institute CMI

Entry requirements:

None. However, you should have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.

Who is this for:

Middle managers, aspiring senior managers, senior managers and specialist managers


There is no exam, instead you need to submit and pass assessments which demonstrate that you have sufficiently understood the assessment criteria for each unit.

NQF equivalent:

Level 8 | Honours Degree/Post Grad Diploma

Your Success is Assured with
Manager Training

Manager Training is an Approved CMI center, with a team of experienced Career Consultants, Mentors, CMI Tutors and Recruitment Consultants waiting to support you any time during your study journey.  Supporting our learners and ensuring their success is our strength and passion.

We offer two levels of support to help you excel:

Standard Support

Standard Support might suit you if you have already completed a CMI qualification through us and don’t need the added support and services.

CMI Registration fee is the official enrollment fee payable to CMI to register you as a learner.

With the Standard Package we offer a prescribed list of modules/ study units only.

Official cost of marking each assignment.

Standard support is limited to helping with login issues or any technical issues.

8 months

Premium Support

Premium Support will suit you if you are studying CMI for the first time and want to get the best results from the valuable time you spend studying, researching and writing assignments.

CMI Registration fee is the official enrollment fee payable to CMI to register you as a learner.

With the Premium Support Package, Manager Training offers all the modules/study units available from the CMI so you have the widest selection to choose from to properly tailor a study programme to best suit you and boost your career.

Official cost of marking each assignment.

Each learner has a Study Coach and Mentor to keep you on track with your studies, provide you with study support and help ensure you successfully complete your studies in a smart and productive way as we know your time is valuable to you.


Their services to you also include:

  • A one-to-one formal induction on how to use the study portal, indicative content and how to do effective research
  • Provide you with a guide and support with writing assignments
  • Provide you with support initiating each new unit
  • Be on hand to support you at any time

Our learner surveys regularly highlight the value of having a study coach and mentor in helping them successfully achieve their qualifications in the most effective way.

You will have access to a CMI tutor for specific Management and Leadership related questions.

Pre-marking of each assignment by qualified CMI Tutors prior to the official marking (2 pre-marks per unit) to professionally guide you with each different assignment and the respective subject matter to make sure you are on track with what the official assessors are looking for.

One free retake for each assignment in case your assignment is referred.

Our Recruitment and Career Consultants can provide you with a professional CV review, LinkedIn profile review, interview support and career coaching.

You will gain CMI memberships so you can benefit from CPD (continued professional development), career tools, webinars, articles, events and networking with other CMI professionals.

12 months

CMI Membership

Whether you're an ambitious highflyer or at the start of your management journey, CMI offers a host of benefits to support you through your career journey:

Average Salary Projection

Regional Manager

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Specialist Manager

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We offer the widest selection of study units to choose from

Manager Training offers all the level 6 modules or study units available from the CMI so you have the widest selection to choose from to properly tailor a study programme to best suite you and boost your career.

To achieve the Level 6 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice, you must choose a combination of modules below to a minimum of 370 TUT (Total Unit Time) hours and 37 credits to achieve this qualification. To do this, learners must achieve a minimum of 230 TUT hours from Group A plus 140 TUT hours from either Group A or Group B.

An outstanding professional manager and leader is typified by someone who has the ability to select and apply knowledge, skills, values and behaviours effectively in their working role. Whilst many of these attributes can be developed through experiential learning, these can be sharpened and amplified through an in-depth exploration of the topic.

The aim of this unit is to enable the professional manager and leader to consider the influence of an organisation’s context on how individuals are managed and led. They will reflect on the values, behaviours, knowledge and skills required, not only to deliver successful organisational outcomes, but to lead individuals with confidence
Individuals and teams are a highly prized resource which, if developed, managed and led effectively, can transform an organisation’s reputation, productivity and success.

The aim of this unit is for the professional manager and leader to understand the principles for developing, managing and leading individuals and teams. On completion of the unit, learners will understand the multi-dimensional factors which influence the way individuals and teams are developed and led. They will examine the role of organisational structures for managing human resources and be given the opportunity to research classic and contemporary approaches to the management and development of individuals and teams. Ultimately, this unit will culminate in an assessment of the skills required to lead and develop individuals and teams in a manner that not only achieves results but is ethical, fair, empowering and collaborative.
Culture matters. Beliefs, principles, ideologies, behaviours and values have the power to influence an organisation’s success. Culture is emergent, it develops over time and is influenced by the cultural identity of staff and stakeholders and the approaches taken to lead and manage others. It is also influenced by an organisation’s history, purpose, activities, vision, mission and values.

The aim of this unit is to equip professional managers and leaders with an understanding of the role and impact of culture within organisations and the approaches to make and sustain cultural change.
Programme and project management is an essential skill for a professional manager and leader to develop. Whilst a project is singular, programmes will encompass a range of projects. The reality of managing programmes and projects is complicated. There are a broad range of multi-dimensional issues which influence how these are led; not least the impact of stakeholder involvement, financing, resourcing and appetite for risk. Ultimately, the success of a programme or project is judged on the achievement of goals within the parameters of cost, quality, resources used and timescales.

The aim of this unit is to equip professional managers and leaders with an understanding of how to proactively respond to the demands of project and programme management, regardless of their type, size and complexity.
The ability to drive innovation and change is an essential skill for a professional manager and leader. Innovation, defined simply as ‘doing something new or different,’ is a powerful catalyst for change. It can revolutionise an organisation’s operational activities, create dynamic new opportunities, and contribute to the achievement of strategic goals. Change occurs in many forms and leaders must be able to respond to changes which are radical, incremental or evolutionary.

This unit has been designed to enable the professional manager and leader to understand innovation and change within organisational contexts. It explores the rationale for innovation and change, such as the impact of technology and digitalisation. Most importantly it focuses on the knowledge, values and behaviours that ultimately will equip the professional managers and leaders to successfully drive innovation and change.
Organisational strategy is often seen as a blueprint which guides an organisation’s path. It can be created to provide stakeholders with the organisation’s direction for the future, as well as enabling an organisation to measure and monitor its success. Organisational strategy may evolve over time to respond to different circumstances, new opportunities or unexpected challenges. Ultimately, successful outcomes result from the way the organisational strategy is led, managed and implemented.

The aim of this unit is to enable professional managers and leaders to understand approaches to developing organisational strategy and how to formulate and lead operational strategy to achieve a strategic aim.

The ability to procure, purchase and contract goods, services and capital items effectively is of paramount importance if an organisation is to succeed. For the professional manager and leader this knowledge and understanding is invaluable. It has the power to enhance decision making, strategic and operational planning, and the effective delivery of outcomes within budgetary constraints. It is important to recognise that the terms ‘procurement’ and ‘purchasing’ are interpreted differently depending on the type of organisation. For the purpose of this unit, ‘procurement’ is recognised as the strategic activity that will be underpinned by ‘purchasing’ and ‘contracting’.

The aim of this unit is for managers and leaders to realise business objectives though competent, ethical and professional contracting, purchasing and procurement practices.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability are topics keenly related to organisational accountability. Definitions and approaches taken to manage and lead CSR and sustainability vary according to the type and purpose of an organisation and its governance. Approaches typically include the development of aims and objectives, policy and strategy, with the intent to address the impact of an organisation’s activity on society, the environment and a commitment to ethical and responsible conduct.


The aim of this unit is to enable professional managers and leaders to understand CSR and sustainability in an organisational context. They will assess the enablers, constraints and barriers to its success, present a case for organisational engagement, identify approaches for its implementation and ultimately, identify strategies to gain ongoing stakeholder commitment.

Effective quality management is critical to meeting stakeholder needs and expectations, developing trust and reputation. It impacts on profitability, processes and procedures and the achievement of strategic objectives. Quality is not something that occurs by chance. It is reliant on strategic and operational planning and the commitment and drive by professional managers, leaders, teams and individuals to make it a success.

The aim of this unit is to enable professional managers and leaders to understand the rationale and approaches to quality management. Critically, the unit focuses on how quality and continuous improvement can be instilled into all aspects of working practice.
The principles laid down in organisational, corporate, functional and departmental policies have a direct bearing on the daily activities of an organisations workforce. Policy focuses on the activities which are of critical importance to an organisation. Policies can be used to set strategic direction. Policies also set expectations about the behaviours and values required by staff to work ethically and professionally within their roles and when representing the organisation.

Policy writing is an art form which requires great skill. An in-depth understanding of the context in which policy is developed, the factors which drive the need for policy, and crucially, the influence of stakeholders in policy development is required to write effective policies.

The aim of the unit is to enable professional managers and leaders to take a fresh look at the role policy plays within an organisation, know how policy can be developed and ultimately, cascaded successfully to its intended audience.
The approach taken to manage knowledge within organisations has the power to impact on productivity, competitive advantage, succession planning and ultimately an organisation’s success. Knowledge management is more than the use of information and communications technologies to exchange data and information. Knowledge management also focuses on strategy, experiential learning and context. It includes human interaction and understanding.

On successful completion of the unit, professional managers and leaders will understand the impact of knowledge management on an organisation and the individuals working within it. Vitally, professional managers and leaders will develop a strategy to drive knowledge management in an organisational context.
Coaching is a powerful learning and development tool. Used effectively, it is able to optimise individual and team performance and the achievement of organisational goals. Coaching has rapidly become an essential leadership tool. It enables the professional manager and leader to support, motivate and empower individuals and teams in a conversational and insightful way. This contrasts with and complements the use of traditional directive leadership approaches.

This unit focuses on these specific coaching skills, techniques and approaches that are required by leaders to develop the knowledge, skills and resourcefulness of individuals. It focuses on the benefits and types of coaching used by leaders in different contexts and how the application of coaching impacts in the organisational environment.

A key part of this unit is for leaders to critically reflect on own their own ability to coach individuals and identify opportunities for improvement. In order to achieve this, learners will need to use coaching skills in their leadership practice.
The ability to lead equality, diversity and inclusion in an organisational context requires insight, knowledge and a commitment to valuing individuals regardless of their similarities and differences. Whilst an in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks is essential, managers and leaders must constantly keep abreast of changes and influences which impact on how equality, diversity and inclusion is led and managed. To do this effectively, managers and leaders need to create an environment where individuals and teams feel able to have honest conversations and share their needs, expectations and opinions in an open and constructive way.

The aim of this unit is to equip professional managers and leaders with the understanding and knowledge of how to lead equality, diversity and inclusion with confidence.
The ability to make ethical decisions under pressure is a fundamental requirement of a professional manager and leader. Ethical decision making is not easy, especially when decisions are under the spotlight of stakeholder opinion, constrained by organisational, legal and regulatory requirements, where ambiguity exists, where risks are high or where the outcome of decisions will be unpopular.

All decisions involve some form of value-based judgement and could involve ethical considerations. Whilst mechanistic decision making is the ability to select an action from different alternatives, ethical decision-making focuses on value-based judgements and a wider range of issues that are typically more complicated in nature.

The aim of this unit is to equip professional managers and leaders with the understanding of how to make ethical decisions in different organisational contexts.
Good relationships, whether they are with customers, suppliers, partners or staff, are a key contributor to an organisation’s success. To build stakeholder relationships that are long lasting and sustainable, they need to be planned and developed.

This unit explores the types and purposes of stakeholder relationships and the skills required to overcome challenges and manage these effectively.
Business outcomes are optimised when risks are identified and managed effectively.

This unit has been designed to equip learners with an understanding of the scope and purpose of business risk management. This includes an evaluation of the types of business risks, the governance and approaches for managing these effectively, and how risk management can be implemented successfully within organisations.
Delivering an exceptional customer experience is a challenge which requires skill, commitment, and an in-depth understanding of customer needs.

The aim of the unit is to develop managers’ understanding of their role and responsibilities in managing the customer experience. Learners will develop an understanding of the key features of a customer service culture and the customer journey, which if managed effectively will impact on an organisations success.
Reflective practice is an essential management tool which supports the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace. By consciously analysing own performance, decision making, leadership and management skills (in different situational contexts); opportunities for on-going development can be identified.

The aim of the unit is to equip learners with the understanding of the value of reflective practice, and how reflection can be used as the basis of meaningful personal and professional development.

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Our diploma is accredited through an internationally recognised institute

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Where to next?

This qualification forms part of the management and leadership qualification,
and encompasses a suit of comprehensive options.

CMI Level 6: Award Professional management and leadership practice

CMI Level 6: Certificate Professional management and leadership practice

CMI Level 7: Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice

CMI Level 7: Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice

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