Leadership and Management

Develop your knowledge and skills in leadership and management

The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course in Leadership and Management is delivered in partnership with the Ulster University. It will support you in developing your training skills and basic knowledge of training and assessment.

Further information

Leadership and Management course content and assessment

After a common introductory module the course comprises of six modules as follows:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Working in Organisations
  • Managing People
  • Finance
  • Customer Relations
  • Change and Projects

See below for details for the course dates More information on the learning outcomes for each module can be found here.

You can access course content through a designated area of the Ulster University's website, which includes candidate email and discussion forums.  The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) in Leadership and Management is assessed through two assessment pieces and an online examination:

  • Your first assessment piece should critically capture how the discussion forums have assisted your learning during the course 
  • Your second assessment piece should show what you will change in your own practice as a result of doing this course and the steps you would take to do so
  • The online examination lasts 90 minutes with 42 questions in total composed of 36 multiple-choice and six short answer questions covering all course modules

Leadership and Management course dates

We will start taking applications for the 2022 course in mid-August 2021. The course dates for 2022 are stated below. Please note that each module will last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2022 is during module six, which following feedback from those who undertook the CEP in 2021, will last three weeks.

Applications for 2022 open W/C 16 August 2021
Closing date for applications (See below) 10 December 2021
Log-in details available First week of January 2022
Introductory Module 7 January
Module 1 21 January
Module 2 4 February
Module 3 18 February
One week break 4 March
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece 10 March
Module 4 11 March
Module 5 25 March
Module 6 8 April
Finish 28 April
Examination 12 May
Exam Result Notification 6 June
Examination (Re-sits) 16 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   17 June
Results Released 12 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 18 July

Please note that as places on this CEP are limited to a maximum of 60 it may be necessary to close the window for applications early if the number of  people to applying to undertake the CEP reaches that maximum before the planned closing date for applications.

You will be award an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Leadership and Management on successful completion of the course.

Leadership and Management - how to apply

To undertake this CEP you must have active Member (MIBMS) or Fellow (FIBMS) status of the IBMS at the point of application and you must maintain your membership throughout the duration of the qualification. To apply you will need to submit to the IBMS by email Examinations Team:

Payment can be made via Purchase Order (which should accompany the completed application form) or by card payment. If you wish to pay by card you will be contacted for your card payment details once the application form has been received.

On the application form you are requested to briefly describe why you are applying to undertake the qualification. Your application will not be accepted or rejected based on what is stated instead this information is being requested simply to enable us to understand your level of experience and the motivation for applying.

Update (10 December 2021): We have now reached the maximum of 60 candidates for this CEP so we will not be able to take any more applications for those looking in 2022.


Leadership and Management resources

You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Leadership and Management in our resources section

Leadership and Management deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Leadership and Management please contact