Professional business management bodies and associations

Professional business management bodies and associations

There are dozens of bodies representing individuals and companies from specific sectors. The main cross-industry bodies are:

Institute of Directors

Established in 1903, the Institute of Directors (IoD) is a membership organisation for business leaders. It aims to guide and support individuals in the industry, from start-up entrepreneurs to established CEOs and directors of multinational companies. It has 44 branches across the UK and over 45,000 members in six continents across the world. 

Institute of Directors qualifications

The IoD provides certificates and diplomas in business management and consultancy. These involve mandatory exams and a three-day development exercise and enable members to achieve their industry-recognised chartered director qualification.

IoD social network links

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The only body in the UK to award chartered manager status, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is a professional institution, founded in 1947, which aims to promote and support its members' development in the industry. To gain membership, students must be studying a relevant degree at any level, and be able to demonstrate a drive to succeed in management.

CMI qualifications

The CMI grants a number of certificates, diplomas and awards, including general management and leadership and coaching and mentoring awards. These are open to student members, and are the crucial first steps on the path to chartership. The Chartered Manager status is an industry-recognised qualification which has become a hallmark standard for the industry. For more information on membership, visit:

CMI social network links