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Certification - Club Management Diploma (CMDip) and Certifed Club Manager (CCM)

In many professions, a successful career is marked by an appropriate degree of professional development, verified by a credible certification program and recognized by both the public and one’s peers.

The CMAE offers club managers two levels of certification - the Club Management Diploma (CMDip) and the globally-recognised Certified Club Manager (CCM).  The CCM designation has been the hallmark of professionalism in club management since 1965 and is the cornerstone of CMAE’s member recognition programme. It is a valuable and widely respected mark of a manager’s commitment to professional development and the club industry.

The CMDip and CCM certification programme is managed by the CMAE’s Education Policy Board (EPB), with oversight by the Association’s Board of Directors. It is the EPB’s responsibility to consider suggestions from the membership and our academic partners to ensure that CMDip and CCM remain current in adapting to the ever-changing club management environment.

The CMDip is awarded to those clubs managers who participate in the CMAE's Management Development Programme (MDP) Level One and Level Two courses and then submit a work-based assignment for assessment.  Their marks achieved in the tests at both MDP courses plus their marks for the work-based assignment must exceed the minimum standards.

The CCM designation is awarded to club managers who can prove that they posses a good working knowledge of all ten of the core competencies, by passing the CCM Exam to the minimum standards. The CCM exam takes place on one day, in two sessions. Candidates are allowed a maximum of 7 hours to complete the exam.

  • For details of eligibility conditions to apply for the CMDip award, please click here.
  • For details of eligibility conditions to take the CCM exam, please click here
  • For details of CCM exam procedures, sample questions and a sample case study, please click here.
  • For details of the CCM registration process and to download the CCM Registration Form, please click here.

How Much Does It Cost?

Club Management Diploma (CMDip): There is a fee of £75.00 for the marking of your work-based assignment.

Certified Club Manager:  The first step is to check the eligibility criteria and if a club manager feels that they either fulfill these criteria, or will do so in the next year or so, and they would like to register to sit the CCM exam, you should complete the registration form and submit this to the CMAE Education Office.  Initially, there is a non-refundable registration fee of £75.00/€95.00 to be submitted at the time of registration.

PLEASE NOTE: As the verification process may take several months, the deadline for submitting a CCM Registration Form is six months prior to the exam date.  

The CMAE Education Office will verify all of your claims for education credits and association credits with the appropriate organisations and education providers, and when the verification process is complete, the applicant will be informed if they are eligible to sit the CCM exam. 

If eligible to sit for the CCM exam, the following fees will apply:

  • CCM Exam - £350.00/€400.00
  • CCM Exam Re-sit - £75.00/€95.00

Please Note: These fees are set by the CMAE Board of Directors and may be subject to change from time to time. Members will be notified of the fees that will apply to them when eligibility to take the CCM Exam is confirmed.

Exam Dates

CCM exams are held twice a year, on the following dates:

2015 - Thursday 19th March (Registrations close 19th September 2014)

2015 - Wednesday 18th November (Registrations close 18th May 2014)

Continual Professional Development

All new CMDip and CCM designations are awarded for a period of five years. Except for those in Retired membership status, CMDips are required to earn at least 60 Education and/or Association Credits during the five-year period following their receiving their CMDip award to maintain their CMDip status and CCMs are required to earn at least 120 Education and/or Association Credits during the five-year period following their CCM date to maintain their CCM designations.

At least half of these must be Education Credits. CMDips and CCMs meeting these requirements will have maintained the designation for another five-year period.

All CCM's wishing to renew their qualification will need to complete the CCM Maintenance Form.  It is suggested that if you are coming up to your 5 year renewal period to complete a form prior to this as a personal record for yourself.

CCM Eligibility Regulations To Get Tougher

In order to meet the international standards for the globally-recognised ‘Certified Club Manager’ (CCM) certification process, the current eligibility requirements for European club managers is going to get tougher from 1st January 2015 onwards. In Europe, the current requirement is to require CCM candidates to have completed the CMAE's Management Development Programme (MDP) and have attended at least two of the MDP courses*.   As from 1st January 2015, this will change to a requirement to have attended at least three of the MDP Courses* and finally, as from 1st January 2017, the requirement will eventually be to have attended four five-day MDP courses.

*Up to 31st December 2016, if you have attended one of the BMI International Courses from 2003 to 2011, this can be counted as one of your required courses.  After 1st January 2017, this will no longer be the case.

Club managers in the USA and Canada already have these regulations in place, as do our colleagues in South Africa and China and elsewhere around the world. For details of the CMAE's Management Development Programme of 5-day courses, please click here

Those wishing to sit the CCM exam on any of the above dates must submit their completed registration forms to CMAE Education Administrator Sharon Reekie prior to the closing date for each exam detailed above. Her email address is:

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