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CMI Level 3 in Principles of Management and Leadership Business & Management

Chartered Management Institute

CMI Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management

Our CMI Level 3 in Management and Leadership online courses are aimed at practising or aspiring managers. They will set and monitor goals and objectives by providing instruction, direction and guidance, and will supervise or manage a team to achieve clearly defined outcomes.


If you’re keen to gain a solid foundation in managerial skills, then a ‘gold standard‘ Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification in Principles of Management and Leadership is the perfect place to begin.

This qualification offers the flexibility to focus on leadership competencies that support your current role and ambitions. Choose between Award, Certificate and Diploma and start your journey towards more senior management roles.

You’ll have the freedom to work at your own pace, with support on-hand from an NEC personal tutor. By adding this industry-standard qualification to your C.V. you’ll clearly demonstrate to any employer that you have what it takes to be an effective, and efficient, manager.

Why study CMI Level 3 in Principles of Management and Leadership?

By using NEC for your CMI qualification, you’ll benefit from up to 24 months (12 months for the Award) support from a personal tutor, alongside engaging online study materials, designed to fit learning into your lifestyle.

For those entering a management career, this course builds a solid foundation for future success. Highly-valued by employers in all sectors, the CMI Level 3 in Principles of Management and Leadership will enable you to put theory into practice. 

This course is ideal if you:

  • Are keen to enhance your leadership skills in your current role.
  • Would like to develop your knowledge in key leadership and management skills.
  • Need a flexible training solution that fits your lifestyle.
  • Relish the challenge of building your managerial and leadership skills.
  • Would benefit from gaining more confidence in your abilities. 
  • Want to gain an internationally-recognised CMI qualification.
  • Enjoy applying learning to the workplace. 

Future opportunities

  • Pursuing more senior leadership and managerial roles in the future.

Course content

CMI Level 3 Award 

  • Unit 301 Principles of Management and Leadership (68 TUT)

CMI Level 3 Certificate

  • Unit 301 Principles of Management and Leadership (68 TUT)
  • Unit 302 Managing a Team to Achieve Results (53 TUT)

CMI Level 3 Diploma

  • Unit 301 Principles of Management and Leadership (68 TUT)
  • Unit 302 Managing a Team to Achieve Results (53 TUT)
  • Unit 305 Building Stakeholder Relationships using Effective Communication (40 TUT)
  • Unit 311 Contributing to the Delivery of a Project (55 TUT)
  • Unit 312 Managing Daily Activities to Achieve Results (40 TUT)
  • Unit 314 Managing Budgets and Resources (50 TUT)
  • Unit 318 Managing Data and Information (45 TUT)
  • Unit 321 Managing Own Personal and Professional Development (45 TUT)

Study CMI Level 3 in Principles of Management and Leadership with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Our course tutors

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners. 

Meet Sarah who is just one of our first-class management tutors:

I am passionate about the value of learning and dedicated to the profession having worked in education for over 27 years both as a tutor, assessor and manager of vocational training. I understand the challenges of distance learning, having been a distance learner myself, and know the value of good quality, responsive and flexible tutor support and encouragement. Now as a freelance contractor, I work with a number of awarding bodies, colleges and training providers to develop learning resources to enable learners to meet their qualification goals and longer-term career aims.”

What you need to know


This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

There are three levels to the qualification:

  • Award: an introduction to some of the principles of management, helping to develop your basic knowledge in this area (£390.00 + reg fee)
  • Certificate: builds on this basic knowledge whilst giving you the opportunity to go into more detail on areas specific to your management role (£555.00 + reg fee)
  • Diploma: goes into even more depth and will comprehensively equip you to  become an excellent line manager (£1,350.00 + reg fee)


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • No formal entry requirements
  • You must be 18 or over
  • You should be working, or aspiring to, in a middle management role
  • An ability to read and write in English


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 50 hours per unit, plus time for completing assignments


  • NEC will register you with CMI. You will need to pay an additional registration fee, which is not included in the price of your course, when you enrol.


This course has:

  • 1 NEC Practical Assignment per unit
  • 1 CMI Formal Assignment per unit


  • No additional set texts required


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 12 months from your date of enrolment 
  • Assignment marking
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable

Your course fee does not cover:

  • CMI  registration fee – NEC will register you with CMI but the registration fee is not included in your course fee and will need to be an additional payment at the time of enrolment. This will give you access to CMI ManagementDirect which includes over 400 leader videos, management checklists, downloadable articles and relevant research to support learners. 

Registration fees:

In order to gain the qualification CMI require a registration fee (dependent on the level you are studying – Award, Certificate or Diploma), payable upon enrolment.

Award, Certificate or Diploma?

Course material and assignments will be provided on learn@nec. Each unit will contain a CMI Pathways booklet for the unit they are studying, a Practice Assignment and a Formal Assignment.

  • Learners studying the CMI Level 3 Award will complete one unit.
  • Learners studying the CMI Level 3 Certificate will complete two units.
  • Learners studying the CMI Level 3 Diploma will complete eight units. 

There is more information on the full list of units/topics per qualification above. 

Learners will also have access to the Course Companion, Getting Started and About Assessment sections. 

The qualification is assessed through written assignment work submitted to learn@nec.

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