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Chartered manager (CMgr)

The highest management qualification and complements your expertise as a civil engineer

Awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), chartered manager recognises your professional management and leadership experience. This will complement your expertise as a civil engineer.

Chartered manager for IEng and CEng members

If you're an ICE member and either a chartered engineer (CEng) or incorporated engineer (IEng), with five years or more management experience, you can use the CMI's qualified route.

Why become a chartered manager?

  • It recognises your ability to manage and lead, and your technical and professional expertise
  • It makes you highly employable and helps you stand out from the competition
  • It's a great personal achievement and can increase your confidence as a manager and leader
  • It could open up more opportunities for you at work

Meet a Chartered Manager

William Duncan

After becoming a Chartered Engineer in 2016, William Duncan wanted to demonstrate his management abilities and gain Chartered Manager status. Joining National Grid in 2012, he now manages budgets in excess of £100 million.

I mainly work on the transport elements of proposed developments, but occasionally also on large public sector infrastructure projects. It’s been exciting to play a part in the Crossrail Bond Street Station, the Shard and the London Bridge Station regeneration developments.

The greatest benefit of becoming a Chartered Manager is becoming a more dynamic, more rounded and a more flexible leader. It’s now easier to see the skills and abilities I have. Also, to have the opportunity to this new world of training and networking events that helps you to sharpen your skills and really improve as a leader.

William Duncan

How will my employer benefit?

Chartered managers are a great investment. Employers can rely on them to be consistent in everything they do.

They work to a high standard, and play a key part in delivering objectives, putting theory into practice and driving organisations forward.

Chartered managers can also help to win business, by providing quality assurance to potential clients when tendering bids.

How to become a chartered manager

The application and assessment process is very straightforward:

  • Fill in a short online application form (available on the CMI website) – choose your preferred assessment method (written or professional discussion) and pay the application fee by credit or debit card (see the fees below)
  • Receive assessment form and assessor which will be assigned to you by CMI
  • Complete the assessment form – (either in writing or by phone, depending on your preferred assessment method) with advice from your CMI assessor
  • Do a final interview by telephone
  • Receive your result – CMI will check your evidence with your line manager or colleague and then confirm your result

You have 12 months to complete the assessment process, but could become a chartered manager within six weeks.


Depending on your experience, you can apply to be a chartered member (MCMI CMgr) or chartered fellow (FCMI CMgr). Your yearly discounted membership fee will be:

  • £90.00 for members
  • £108.00 for fellows

To get the discounted fee, you need to:

  • Be IEng or CEng qualified with ICE
  • Apply through CMI's qualified route
  • Be an ICE member

There's also an assessment fee, which depends on the assessment method you choose when applying:

  • £510 plus VAT for the written assessment
  • £815 plus VAT for the professional discussion

Discounted CMI membership

We’ve also negotiated a special rate for ICE members taking up this offer.

If your application is successful you’ll receive a 50% discount on your annual CMI membership fees, for as long as you're an ICE member.

Find out more

Download our Frequently Asked Questions or if you're looking for more information about becoming a Chartered Manager, then why not attend a free ICE / CMI webinar. Register your interest in joining the next webinar by emailing us.

You can also watch the recording of our last webinar held on 13 November 2018. It covered all aspects of the dedicated ICE pathway, including benefits and the application process.

Start your application now

Boost your career by gaining CMgr qualification in as little as six weeks!

There are just three easy steps:

  1. Fill in the short online application form and pay the fee
  2. Complete an assessment form
  3. Do a written or telephone interview

Start today!

Do you have any questions?

If you've got any questions about our Chartered Manager qualification or any other professional training then please feel free to contact us.