CMI Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Management and Leadership

The CMI Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Management and Leadership is for aspiring managers looking to progress in their career and to develop the skills needed to supervise or manage a team. The qualification covers key elements of management and leadership and is designed to broaden practical skills across a range of areas.

The CMI Level 3 Certifucate in Principles of Management and Leadership maps directly to the Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard. This means that apprentices who are successful in the apprenticeship will also be awarded the CMI Level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership qualification. For further information, please visit Oxford College of Apprenticeships or contact us.

All our CMI courses include:

  • CMI membership and assessment fees (for 2 years)

  • CMI workbooks for each unit

  • Access to ManagementDirect, CMI’s content platform

  • Access to for your course material, webinars, podcasts and videos

  • A personal assignment tutor

  • Up to 3 years to complete your qualification

  • Unlimited support

CMI Certificate in Principles of Management and Leadership by Distance Learning

£69000+ VAT

Course Details

Learners who complete any combination of units with a minimum of 130 hours of total unit time will be awarded a Certificate in Principles of Management and Leadership.

Learners who complete one unit will be awarded an Award in Principles of Management and Leadership.

Course Units

CMI 301 – Principles of Management and Leadership

This unit focuses on the way organisations operate and examines the application of management and leadership approaches and how these can positively impact on individual job roles, business performance as well as support teams, colleagues and customers.

Unit Time – 70 Hours.

CMI 302 – Managing a Team to Achieve Results

This unit explores how to effectively manage a team while communicating and overcoming barriers to achievement. This unit focuses on understanding the nature of teams in the workplace, and how these can be managed to achieve results as well as values, goals and objectives.

Unit Time – 60 Hours.

CMI 305 – Building Stakeholder Relationships using Effective Communication

This unit is designed to equip managers with how to identify and understand stakeholder’s needs and know the purpose and benefits of building relationships with different stakeholder groups. This unit will explore how methods of communicating with them will achieve the best results.

Unit Time – 40 Hours.

CMI 311 – Contributing to the Delivery of a Project

This unit focuses on how managers can monitor and manage projects, and explores the knowledge, tools and techniques to assist with this. It also identifies different approaches to managing risk and responding to the needs and expectations of stakeholders in order to improve not only their own working practice, but the achievement of the whole project.

Unit Time – 60 Hours.

CMI 312 – Managing Daily Activities to Achieve Results

This unit explores how to work efficiently and maintain a well-structured workload. It aims to develop knowledge on how to identify priorities and set measurable objectives when organising and allocating daily work activities, as well as monitoring outcomes and responding practically to challenges and problems, all whilst working towards common goals.

Unit Time – 40 Hours.

CMI 314 – Managing Budgets and Resources

This unit looks at managing budgets and other resources in order for an organisation to remain operational. The unit will equip delegates with the knowledge to do this in order to remain efficient and effective.

Unit Time – 50 Hours.

CMI 318 – Managing Data and Information

This unit explores the ability to solve problems, make timely business decisions and respond to customer needs. With growing volumes of data, data can be difficult to manage, and this unit therefore develops the knowledge needed to gather, assess and analyse different types of data and information, and how to report findings for different business purposes with legal and organisational guidelines.

Unit Time – 50 Hours.

CMI 321 – Managing Own Personal and Professional Development

This unit focuses on personal and professional development, ensuring greater opportunities for success. It explores the benefits of engaging in personal and professional development and by using the knowledge gained, a development plan can be created in order to support delegates in being an effective manager.

Unit Time – 50 Hours.


Each module is assessed via practical work-based assignment and you will also complete a workbook for each module. This ensures you minimise time way from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation. We produce internal study timetables to assist you in planning and completing your assignments and qualification. You will also work with a highly experienced personal tutor, who will support you throughout your assignments and studies, and provide you with feedback on your work, maximising your opportunities for success throughout the qualification.

Entry Requirements

For the level 3, we would recommend learners need around 6 months of experience in a supervisory role. However, we are happy to look at your experience levels and advise you accordingly.

Course Start Dates

The level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership modules are stand alone in nature and can therefore be studied in any order.

Online classes can be started at any time as they are completely flexible and require no classroom attendance.


The CMI Level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership courses start from £390 +VAT per award for online distance learning. The cost then increases to £690 + VAT for the certificate and £1995 + VAT for the diploma.

This includes all support and access to study materials for up to 3 years. It includes CMI membership, CMI assessment fees, CMI workbooks for all units studied, access to ManagementDirect (CMI’s online content portal), a personal assignment tutor, access to and up to 3 years to complete your qualification.

The College also offers payment plans to suit most students.

Study Options

The CMI Level 3 qualification can be studied via pure online distance learning, where no classroom attendance is required. If you are part of a larger cohort of delegates, we are able to organise in-house delivery which, if this is something you are interested in, we recommend you contact us to discuss this further.

Pure online distance learning

Pure online distance learning can be started at any time, and requires no classroom attendance.  You will have access to a personal tutor to support you through your assignments and our online learning platform which includes; regular online webinars, podcasts, videos, CMI workbooks, and online resources – all enabling you to study at your own pace. All delegates also have access to our office based support team.

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