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Certified International Management Professional (CIMP, Level 1)
Certified International Professional Manager (C.I.P.M. Level 2)
Certified International Professional Management Executive (CIPME, Level 3)


Globalization represents a revolutionary integration of capital, technology and information across national boarders in a way that is creating a single global market and, to some degree, a global village. While globalization is of greatest concern to businesses and agencies working transnationally, globalization trends affect all businesses whether or not they are truly global. The International Manager certifications are designed for the sophisticated manager with extensive work experience seeking advanced instruction in issues related to globalization. Through a writing project and oral examination (Level 3), the candidate is given the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge gained in the program and apply it in solving real-world problems created by globalization. The program provides the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to manage successfully in a rapidly changing, multicultural and multinational environment.

This Certification Program is a core certification program of the American Certification Institute, the Global Negotiation Institute, and the American Purchasing Society. This program offers the designation of CIMP (Certified International Management Professional), C.I.P.M. (Certified International Professional Manager), and CIPME (Certified International Professional Management Executive) to candidates who demonstrate their understanding of the fundamentals of the profession through the successful completion of rigorous professional certification examinations based upon the INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE. (IPMBOK). The IPMBOK is supported by eight modules of study material for the IPMBOK and six modules of study material for the CIPM. CANDIDATES MUST BE CERTIFIED AT LEVEL 1 BEFORE THEY CAN BE CERTIFIED AT LEVEL 2. CANDIDATES MUST BE CERTIFIED AT LEVEL 2 BEFORE THEY CAN BE CERTIFIED AT LEVEL 3.

Objectives of Certification

  • To provide sound knowledge of globalization concepts from the perspective of all business management disciplines
  • To provide skills related to working effectively in the multicultural, multinational, business world that globalization is creating.
  • To provide an opportunity for making a contribution to the globalization knowledge base through completion of the required doctoral project.

Modules for Certification


Module 1 Globalization

Module 2 Understanding and Using Technology

Module 3 Global Marketing

Module 4 Global Economics

Module 5 International Information Technology Management

Module 6 Global Business Operations

Module 7 International Finance

Module 8 International Business and Trade Law


Module 1 Global Management

Module 2 Managing Across Cultures

Module 3 Leadership in a Global Context

Module 4 Negotiating Across Cultures

Module 5 International Human Resource Management

Module 6 Business Strategy from a Global Perspective


The Creative Component

The Creative Component provides the candidate the opportunity to develop and display communications skills through either a formal research paper or an academic thesis. The candidate must write an original, documented paper of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length on a special aspect of international management. Grading will be on a pass-fail basis. The candidate must submit the title and outline to be reviewed and approved by the Examiner. The research paper may be written at any time while the candidate is enrolled in the certification program. Unlike the written examinations, a candidate may prepare and submit the paper at his/her own convenience.

Masters or Doctoral Theses: The Society will accept a copy of a candidate's thesis as a qualifying submission if it directly addresses a facet of international management. The candidate must submit the title and outline to be reviewed by the Examiner to substantiate that the paper directly relates to the thrust of international management research papers. Upon acceptance of the outline, the candidate then submits a copy of the actual thesis to the Examiners. Upon receipt of the written thesis, the Examiners will schedule a telephonic or face-to-face oral examination to be conducted by a panel of three examiners. The examiners will orally examine the candidate to assure themselves the candidate has a grasp of the broad field of international business.

Requirements for certification

Candidates who wish to become certified must meet the following requirements:

•  Undergraduate degree OR more than five years of experience in international professional management .

•  Satisfactory completion of a 3 hour multiple choice examination (separate examinations for Levels 1 and 2) and a written paper with oral examination for Level 3 covering the ¡°International Professional Management Body of Knowledge¡± (IPMBOK) addressed in the training program.

•  Completion of an application for certification and payment of all fees.


Exam questions for Levels I and II are multiple choice. The examination for Level 3 is a written thesis and oral examination. The multiple choice examinations include questions relating to definitions, understandings of concepts, discussion of the relative merits of various issues, as well as development of approaches to hypothetical situations. A list of sample questions is available from the American Certification Institute.

Professional Designation

Successful candidates are granted the designation of CIMP for Level 1, the designation of CIPM for Level 2, and CIPME for Level 3. The designations CIMP, CIPM, and CIPME may be used just as similar recognitions are employed in accounting, insurance, medicine, law, and other professions. Either the full expression or the initials may be used after the individual's name on business cards, stationery, etc.


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