Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA; CMI)

Every business needs strong, motivated and experienced leaders to address the future's challenges and opportunities.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is a three-year course from the Charted Management Institute (CMI) that equips executives with advanced knowledge, skills and behaviours across three essential areas of management and leadership:

  • Organisational performance
  • Interpersonal excellence
  • Personal effectiveness

The CMDA includes business education, work-based learning and professional development through to Chartered Manager status.

Throughout the course students will become invaluable members of their employer's leadership team by testing and evaluating what they learn, in simulated scenarios - before applying it in their daily work.

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How CMDA will help your business

Your staff will study for their CMDA alongside work commitments.

During their studies and beyond, these students will be taking responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success.

After completing the course students will be ready to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.

3 qualifications in 1!

Apprentices successfully completing this study programme will gain three awards:

  • A foundation degree, and
  • A BA Hons degree - both awarded by the top 10 UK university, Lancaster University, and
  • The CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

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CMDA: who it's for

This qualification is designed for staff already in management roles - such as head of department; operations manager, or anyone with significant management responsibilities.

Course options

B&FC offers four different CMDA pathways tailored to the needs of employers and their leaders.

  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Digital marketing
  • Human resources

More information about the CMDA is available on the CMI website.

Next steps


First take a look at the CMDA course page.

If you haven't already discussed an apprenticeship with your employer, speak to your line manager or learning and development team about the benefits to your role and business of this apprenticeship.

If you work in a large organisation it might be that the cost of your training is covered by the apprenticeship levy.

Otherwise your employer will only pay a very small amount.

If your employer needs more information, please supply the contact information below.

Or if you want to find out more about this apprenticeship, contact our course enquiries team on 01253 504 343.


If you're planning on long-term success driven by an expert leadership team, the CMDA qualification will sit well with your ambitions.

Whether you're looking to recruit a future leader who will provide your organisation with fresh perspectives while they learn to become a Chartered Manager, or want to upskill your existing and promising talent with this qualification, get in touch about the CMDA.

Depending on your situation you may either be able to cover the costs of the CMDA with your apprenticeship levy - or through a co-investment approach with the UK government.

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