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Professional learning and development

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund. The project supports employees of Lancashire based small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially women and people from under-represented groups. Eligibility criteria applies to receive a funded course place.



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Apply for your funded place today and join our fantastic learning community.

We offer a range of fully-funded Chartered Management Institute (CMI) courses, designed to build the leadership and management capabilities within you and/or your aspiring or current leadership and management teams.

The courses are short and offered through a flexible delivery model, created with the busy professional in mind. There are no costs to the business or individual employee for these courses – just a short-term, professional development commitment.

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There are three courses to choose from, taught at different academic levels, providing suitability for those aspiring to progress into a management role, already in a front-line supervisory role or senior managers:

CMI Management and Leadership Certificate (Level 4)
CMI Management and Leadership Certificate (Level 5)
CMI Management and Leadership Award (Level 7)

Entry dates

The current available entry dates for each course are outlined below. Each course is delivered through scheduled online tutorials, with tutor-led virtual sessions each week. All learning materials are accessible throughout the course on the University’s online learning platform.

NB: The day of the week the course starts (shown in brackets) will be the same consistent day throughout when the tutor-led sessions occur.

Available entry dates

More start dates will be released throughout the year. Please complete the enquiry form below to be notified of new dates. Please specify which CMI course(s) you are interested in.

Management and Leadership
(Level 4)
Coaching and Mentoring
(Level 5)
Strategic Management  and Leadership
(Level 7)

NB: This is for the Award only and is the final planned Level 7 intake until further notice.


Courses are available fully funded to employed people working in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lancashire.

What is an SME?

An SME is a business with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover (income) of less than £42 million.

Employees of charities and public sector organisations are unfortunately not eligible.

The University reserves the right to offer preferential access to funded places to eligible participants from under-represented groups. We are particularly keen to support women, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, and disabled people.

Funded places are limited to one per individual participant. Employers may send multiples of their employees and we encourage both aspiring and current managers to participate.

The CMI Management and Leadership Certificate and the CMI Coaching and Mentoring Award do not require any prior learning or academic qualification prerequisites. Those looking to undertake the CMI Strategic Management and Leadership Certificate must either hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) or hold significant leadership and management experience.

There are no costs to the business or individual employee for the programme – just a short-term, professional development commitment.

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Gaining a CMI qualification can be the key to improving your own knowledge, skills and performance. Gaining a professional CMI qualification can:

  • boost your career prospects and earning potential
  • help you face challenges with confidence
  • enhance your professional reputation

Increasing your or your team’s ability to manage people, deliver complex projects and drive change effectively can improve the quality and efficiency of your business.

The programmes are delivered by Edge Hill University’s Business School, located in a state-of-the-art facility within a beautiful, modern campus. The Business School offers exceptional teaching and a highly supportive learning environment. The academic staff are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of business and professional expertise.

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the field of management and leadership offering high-quality management qualifications recognised throughout UK and Europe.

More than 80% of managers said that a CMI qualification is a key part of becoming a professional manager.


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Get in touch

If you are an SME or employee based in Lancashire and would like to express your interest in our CMI programmes, please complete our enquiry form today. Places on the courses are limited.

Complete the form below and one of the team will be in touch to help you.

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