Quality Management

Develop your knowledge and skills in quality management

The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course in Quality 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

Quality Management course content and assessment

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

  • Introduction to Quality Management
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Governance, Risk Management and Compliance
  • Audit
  • Conformance Management
  • Change

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.  .

CEP Course Information Summary

More information on the Certificate of Expert Practice qualifications including the reflective tasks within the modules, the expectations around participants involvement in the discussions forums and how the qualification is assessed can be found here.

Quality Management course dates

The course dates for 2024 are stated below. Please note that each module last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2024 is during module five, that module will last three weeks.

We will start taking applications for the 2025 course in the week commencing 19 August 2024. The course dates for 2025 will be agreed by the CEP Examination Board in due course.

Applications for 2024 open W/C 14 August 2023
Closing date for applications 8 December 2023
Log-in details available First week of January 2024
Introductory Module 5 January
Module 1 19 January
Module 2 2 February
Module 3 16 February
One week break 1 March
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece 7 March
Module 4 8 March
Module 5 22 March
Module 6 12 April
Finish 25 April
Examination 9 May
Exam Result Notification 3 June
Examination (Re-sits) 13 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   14 June
Results Released 9 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 15 July

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

Update (23 October): Places for this CEP in 2024 are now full. If you apply now via you will be placed on a waiting list. Should any candidates who have already registered on the CEP drop out places will be allocated in the order they are added to the waiting list.

Quality 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. We will start to take applications for the 2025 running of this CEP in mid-August 2024. When the application window opens to apply  you will need to submit via email to the IBMS:

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. Candidates are only allowed to undertake one of the distance learning courses at a time.

Grant Funding (Updated for 2024 candidates)

The employers of candidates in England who are undertaking any the distance learning Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) qualification in 2024 will be eligible for a grant to support the training of the individual. This funding will be £500 per candidate. Claims will not be accepted until the course commences in January 2024. More information on the grant that is available and how and when it can be claimed can be found here.

Quality Management resources

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

Quality 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 Quality Management please contact