Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Jake McKay MBE has become the first military person to secure the CMI qualification. Lt Col McKay who is based at Defence Academy has successfully achieved Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Consultancy certificate.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Qualifications in Professional Consulting (QCF) has been developed by the CMI in cooperation with the Institute of Consulting (IC), these qualifications are designed for professional consultants and those aspiring to be a professional consultant and who want to develop key skills such as planning and managing consultancy interventions, the client relationship, communication and problem solving tools and techniques. The units undertaken over a 5-day residential course to attain Level 5 were ‘The Client Relationship’ and ‘Introduction to Consulting Essentials’. The course was delivered for the MOD participants by a third party, FIDES Enterprise Solutions.
In Mar 2018 four members of Defence Academy staff were given the opportunity to undertake a Consultancy Skills pilot course with FIDES. This company regularly supports military education and course development, and designed the first course that mapped to a CMI level 5 award for Army HQ. Participants had to complete course work and provide significant evidence for submission to CMI in their own time.
Receiving his award yesterday from Chief Executive Def Ac and Comdt JSCSC, AVM Chris Luck and Richard Cleverley, CEO FIDES Enterprise Solution, Lt Col McKay said:
“The aim of the course was to provide knowledge of the professional consultant role with the course programme lasting five days; there are two course assignments, the purpose of which is to generate a portfolio of evidence in support of CMI accreditation for the Level 5 Certificate. Almost all the students undertook these assignments post completion of the residential course given the ‘night reading’ required for the following day.”
The CMI Level 5 Certificate provides a baseline from which candidates can further pursue their professional development through CMI Level 5 Diploma and Level 7 Masters course modules. In addition, the CMI Level 5 Certificate enables Lt Col McKay to become a member of the Institute of Consulting (IoC) which provides additional professional development support and opportunities.
Lt Col McKay added:
“My own submissions took around 4 weeks to complete in my own time. Post course assistance was available from the course tutors by telephone or Skype and this assisted me in my endeavours. This qualification can help discriminate between professional consultants who belong to a professional body such as the IC and an SME; it also allows those serving and who interact with consultants to understand the consultants’ role and maximise their value."