Beginning in 2020, AMA invites any professional manager who meets a carefully established set of criteria to sit for an examination in order to earn the designation of Certified Professional in Management (CPM)TM.

AMA offers this unprecedented new certification as a means of helping organizations hire the most qualified managers through certification. In addition, it gives individual managers a way to distinguish themselves and advance their careers.

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How Certification Benefits Organizations

  • Provides a method for recognizing managerial competence
  • Offers a reliable indicator of future leadership potential
  • Decreases the risk of making bad hiring decisions
  • Reduces turnover of key team members due to skill gaps and behavioral deficiencies on the part of their managers
  • Helps organizations improve their talent acquisition ROI

How Certification Benefits Managers

  • Fosters greater career success by motivating managers to be more well-rounded and develop knowledge in multiple areas
  • Increases a manager's worth and value to an organization
  • Enhances success and distinguishes managers (both internally and externally) from others who are not certified
  • Helps inspire team members to support management and further develop themselves
  • Promotes a positive impact on the organization's bottom line
  • Designates a manager as being equipped with the 16 competencies, and underlying knowledge, skills and abilities that contribute to their success

Why AMA?

  • Established in 1923, AMA is a globally recognized authority in management with nearly 100 years of best practices and professional development expertise
  • Framework of the program is the set of competencies outlined in The Body of Knowledge, developed by AMA
  • Program oversight is conducted by an objective advisory board of recognized management experts
  • Certification is based on extensive AMA management research and analysis
  • Program is aligned with AMA's Total Professional competency framework

Areas of Knowledge Included in Certification

Business Acumen

  • Customer Focus
  • Financial Acumen
  • Project Management
  • Talent Management

Professional Effectiveness

  • Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Presentation Skills

Analytical Intelligence

  • Critical Thinking
  • Managing and Mastering Data

Relationship Management

  • Coaching for Performance
  • Collaboration and Team Development
  • Conflict Management
  • Delegation
  • Influence
  • Managing Change
  • Motivation
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