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Foundations of Management Certificate Program - Online

JMU Outreach & Engagement has partnered with the Institute of Certified Professional Managers to offer the Foundations of Management program. The Foundations of Management (FoM) non-credit certificate program is designed to provide essential knowledge and tools for supervising new managers, supervisors, and leaders. The FoM is the product of a comprehensive Job Task Analysis study that identified the  knowledge, skills and abilities that new supervisors and managers need to perform in today's workplace.

FoM Program Description

The FoM program comprises approximately 45 hours of learning and includes a custom-published study manual (in print or e-book format) and access to the ICPM e-Learning Center.  The e-Learning Center includes multimedia learning content to augment the study manual and practice exams.

Participants who successfully complete the coursework and pass the comprehensive FoM exam receive a certificate of completion to document their achievement.  Additionally, participants that go on to apply for the Certified Manager (CM) certification within a 5-year period may use the FoM exam to satisfy one of the two exams required to obtain CM certification.

FoM Exam Description

The FoM exam consists of 90 multiple choice questions that assess new manager competencies validated by ICPM's Job Task Analysis. The proctored exam is administered online through the ICPM e-Learning Center and is time-limited to a maximum of 90 minutes.  The FoM exam must be taken within 12 months of registering for the FoM program.   A failed exam can be retaken for a fee.

The Foundations of Management course final exam must be proctored. The proctoring fee is $25 and must be paid at the time of exam. The proctored exam is administered online through the ICPM e-Learning Center.

Course Fee: $375.00

Student must choose either E-book or book shipping & handling. E-book has no additional charge. If a student wants a physical book, there will be an additional shipping and handling fee of $15.00.


Online Registration *Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express) can only be accepted through online registration.

Mail: Download, complete and print the registration form and mail with payment to:

JMU Outreach & Engagement
127 W Bruce St, MSC 6906
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

*This program is approved for MyCAA and WIA participants. You must be registered in the program prior to us processing your paperwork. Please complete and submit the registration form by email at or mail to the address shown on the form. If you have any questions, please contact us at 540/568.4253 or by email.