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About ICPM

The Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) is a business center and non-profit educational institute of the JMU College of Business. ICPM’s dedication to managerial excellence provides recognition for James Madison University among the international business community.

Founded in 1974 by the National Management Association (NMA) and the International Management Council (IMC), ICPM got its start at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. In 1985, ICPM relocated to James Madison University at the bequest of Lester R. Bittel, a member of the ICPM Board of Regents and professor with the JMU College of Business. JMU has been home for ICPM for almost thirty years.  

Today, ICPM is the largest management certifying body in the United States doing business globally through a network of Learning Partners that administer ICPM’s management development programs. Both managers and employers benefit from the high level of competence and professionalism Certified Managers® possess.


The Institute of Certified Professional Managers advances managerial excellence internationally by identifying and validating core competencies for management practice through professional development and certification.

What ICPM Does

ICPM develops the knowledge, skills and abilities of managers and supervisors through its management development programs: Foundations of Management (FoM) and Certified Manager (CM). FoM is a certificate program for new managers and supervisors. CM is a certification program for mid-level managers and leaders. Candidates who meet eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the CM competency exams, earn the “CM” professional credential which is recognized worldwide.

Contact Us

To learn more about the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, visit www.icpm.biz or contact us at 540-568-3247 or info@icpm.biz

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