Frequently Asked Questions

IMC stands for The Institute of Management Consultants which is a body of professional management consultants approved and registered by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The Constitution and By-laws establishing the IMC empowers it to regulate the standards and practice of management consulting among its members throughout Nigeria. Its membership is made up of individuals, consulting organisations and other organisations that use management consultants.

The IMC is a member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI). This is the global body of management consultants concerned with establishing hign standards in the profession. To be a member, every institute must meet the standards of the ICMCI through an Audit for Re-accreditation process. View List of ICMCI Member Institutes.

As an Accredited Member of the ICMCI, the IMC has the authority of the global body to audit and accredit training programmes for CMC Certification. The CMC Qualification is reciprocally recognised in over 40 Member Countries that are represented in the ICMCI including USA, UK, Japan, Germany, India, China, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Netherlands.

United Nations Recognition

The ICMCI is the only body of management consultants that has been granted the Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). View Details. The IMC, being a member of the ICMCI, has the previlege of nominating delegates to relevant organs of the United Nations ECOSOC.

Membership is by Application. Acceptable members would normally possess a University degree or other professional qualifications, plus suitable experience in consultancy. Membership grades in which applicants are admitted depend on the length and nature of their experience in management consulting.

A seasoned management consultant with a recognised reputation who can demonstrate he or she has served clients satisfactorily as a full time and ethical practitioner for uninterrupted period of 5 years or cumulative period of 7 years. Practicing management consultants who are M.I.M.Cs can apply for C.M.C. qualification which is granted by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (I.C.M.C.I). Applications for CMC certification are handled by the National Secretariat of the IMC Nigeria.

This grade is for members who have attained a minimum of 7 years consulting experience in management large systems or anyone who is deemed by the Council of the Institute to have outstanding contributions to the field of Management Consulting, Management Science, Economics, Technology, or any field of human endeavour, directed towards the promotion of good management, world peace, national stability and economic progress. Fellows are not elected through individual applications but by nomination by the Council of the Institute.


Organisations, firms and Training Institutions involved in management consultancy, management science or with interest in the promotion of management consultancy can be recognised by IMC. Consulting firms that are evaluated as meeting high standards are issued a certificate of accreditation.

Management consulting is a business of great professionalism and importance. Perhaps the main benefit of becoming an M.I.M.C is the provision of recognition that denotes a high level of professional competence and performance standard. The designatory letters indicate that the holder has acquired the basic professional education and standards laid down by the Institute. M.I.M.C is increasingly being recognised by consultants and clients as the true mark of professionalism in management consulting. Members of the IMC who meet ICMCI standards may also apply for the CMC Certification. There are other benefits to be gained by members. These include the following:

  1. A direct involvement with a growing body of senior professionals.
  2. A unique opportunity for self-development: IMC members have frequent opportunities to exchange ideas with experienced consultants so as to update and expand their consulting skills. This is an on-going programme that involves capsulating new ideas and procedures in all phases of management consulting.
  3. Access to Information and services: IMC headquarters office and full time staff serve as a clearing-house of information on consulting strategies and techniques. A journal, newsletter and special research reports keep members informed about emerging issues in the profession, locally and internationally.
  4. Client Information: As a service to clients, IMC maintains extensive files on management consultants, and provides information regarding consultants with particular skills. M.I.M.Cs are usually cited for client selection because their credentials are known.
  5. MIMCs are qualified to apply for the CMC international qualification provided they have achieved 35 Credit Hours of continuing Education in a year.
  6. The Satisfaction of helping a good cause: Members esteem integrated contribution to the development of their profession through support of the IMC, a voluntary self-regulating body of professionals.
  7. � Networking Opportunities: IMC members can network among themselves as well as with consultants in other countries through the ICMCI of which the IMC is a member.

CMC stands for Certified Management Consultant. As a member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), the IMC can grant its members who meet the ICMCI standards the internationally recognised CMC certification.

As a member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), the IMC can grant its members who meet the ICMCI standards the internationally recognised CMC certification. Management Consultants involved in transnational consulting assignments would find this a most useful additional qualification. Details are available on request. The appellation of CMC can not be used after one’s name even if he or she is a member of IMC, unless appropriate assessment and approval has been done by IMC in consonance with ICMCI.

The CMC is protected as a Registered Trade Mark. It is accepted internationally as a of professional competence in Management Consultancy. The CMC is reciprocally accepted in over 50 nations including the United Kingdom, USA, Japan, China, India, Germany, Canada, Sweden, France, South Africa and Nigeria

The IMC has participated in global assignment as follows:

1996 – Special presentation at the World Conference of Management Consultants held in Yokohama, Japan. The IMC Contribution has been published in both English and Japanese.

2001 – World Conference of consultants held in Berlin, Germany.

2004 – The IMC was invited by the Centre of Excellence (The International Institute of Management Consultancy) at the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences to contribute to its management consultancy education programme. The IMC has continued to assist the Unviersity in recruiting students for its programmes.

2007 – The Commonwealth Unviersity Belize approached the IMC to assist with its management consultancy related courses. The role of the IMC in this process is to ensure that the minimum standards for the CMC certification as set down by the ICMCI are followed.

2008 – The St Clements University, Lausanne, Switzerland requested the IMC to assist with establishing and validating its MSc degree in Management Consultancy for standards acceptable for the CMC Certification of the ICMCI.

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