Explore Our courses

CMI Level 5 in Management and Leadership Business & Management

Chartered Management Institute

Fit study into a busy lifestyle and select to study an Award, Certificate or Diploma to match your development goals with our CMI Level 5 in Management and Leadership online course. These qualifications are aimed at practising or aspiring managers and leaders who are typically accountable to a senior manager or business owner.

If you’re keen to gain a solid foundation in managerial skills, then a ‘gold standard‘ Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification in 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 5 in 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 5 in 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 5 Award 

  • Unit 501 Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context (62 TUT)

CMI Level 5 Certificate

  • Unit 501 Principles of Management in an Organisational Context (62 TUT)
  • Unit 502 Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams to Achieve Success  (60 TUT)

CMI Level 5 Diploma

  • Unit 501 Principles of Management in an Organisational Context (62 TUT)
  • Unit 502 Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams to Achieve Success (60 TUT)
  • Unit 509 Managing Stakeholder Relationship (40 TUT)
  • Unit 513 Managing Projects to Achieve Results (51 TUT)
  • Unit 514 Managing Change (43 TUT)
  • Unit 515 Creating and Delivering Operational Plans (52 TUT)
  • Unit 520 Managing Finance (56 TUT)
  • Unit 525: Using Reflective Practice to Inform Personal and Professional Development (44 TUT)

Study CMI Level 5 in 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.

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 (£1,495.00 + 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 24 months (12 months for Award) 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:

  • Award: £116
  • Certificate: £158
  • Diploma: £210

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 5 Award will complete one unit.
  • Learners studying the CMI Level 5 Certificate will complete two units.
  • Learners studying the CMI Level 5 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.

Arrange a call back with a member of our Course Advice Team

Would you like to talk to our Course Advice Team about the best route for you? Visit our Contact Us page, fill in the form and a member of the team will get back to you!