Online Certificate Program

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 management certificate program is designed for entry level managers to succeed in their first management role.

Why Pursue the Foundations of Management Certificate?

The Foundations of Management certificate is the product of a comprehensive job task analysis of the management profession to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent performance on-the-job. Upon completion of the Foundations of Management certificate, applicants will possess a foundational understanding of management and develop confidence to perform in their new management role.

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 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.

Foundations of Management Course Outline

Course Fee: $375.00

Student may choose either the E-book or physical book. The book is included in the course fee.


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.


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