Organisational Design Programme

CMI Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting

Course Overview

This programme has been specially developed for practising or aspiring Organisational Development consultants. Our delegates may be external consultants, working with a variety of organisations, or employees who will be consulting within their own company. On successful completion, delegates will be awarded the Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting from the Chartered Management Institute (17 M Level Credits).

The CMI Level 7 Qualifications in Professional Consulting (RQF) has been developed by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in cooperation with the Institute of Consulting (IC). These qualifications are designed for Professional Consultants who want to develop their strategic skills with consulting such as organisational structure and culture, entry and diagnosis, communicating strategies for consulting and group dynamics and facilitating skills.

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£2495 + VAT
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Delegates attending this programme will achieve the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

The CMI Level 7 Qualifications in Professional Consulting (RQF) has been developed by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in cooperation with the Institute of Consulting (IC). These qualifications are designed for Professional Consultants who want to develop their strategic skills with consulting such as organisational structure and culture, entry and diagnosis, communicating strategies for consulting and group dynamics and facilitating skills.

Module 1 takes place over 3 consecutive days. You will then have a few months off to complete the assessment and Module 2 will then take place over 2 consecutive days.

Day 1:

  • Identify and explore the background, nature, purpose of OD consulting.
  • Explore the different types and roles of consulting and define your own consultancy practice.
  • Understanding the consultancy process.
  • Explore the skills, behaviour and knowledge of the effective OD consultant.
  • The impact of communication will be considered and the learners will identify the role of the consultant in supporting the strategic flow of information throughout the organisation.

Day 2:

  • The nature of organisational evolution, structure and hierarchy will be explored.
  • Explore and apply a range of OD models and theories to support consultancy practice.
  • The role and application of coaching in consultancy will be explored and applied and the skill of developing powerful questions developed.
  • The concept of the reflective practitioner will be explored and various models for effective reflective practice and personal/professional growth will be discussed and applied.
  • Learners will explore consultancy approaches/strategies based upon their discussions/analysis.

Day 3:

  • We will continue to build the OD consulting toolkit considering key components of business architecture and current thought leadership will be taught.  
  • We will explore the complexities of operating and consulting within open systems.
  • We will conclude Module 1 with a definition and exploration of organisational culture and how this impacts the OD practitioner/consults role.

Day 4:

  • We will explore the function and role of organisational design and the consultant’s role in enabling good design processes.
  • We will introduce and apply tools to explore the organisational purpose and build the foundations of organisational design.
  • Learners will then explore operating in systems and will consider a range of systems tools to support effective design consulting.
  • Supporting concepts including building agile organisations will be considered.
  • We will explore research relating to the impact of leadership on organisations and what this means for consultancy interventions.
  • We will then explore change theory and the psychological and neurological factors that impact change processes alongside considerations of the interconnectivity between consultancy, OD and change.

Day 5:

  • Group dynamics and the impact on consultancy interventions will be discussed.
  • The role of facilitation and the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver effective facilitated interventions in the consultancy process will be explored and learnt skills applied to a live scenario.
  • We will introduce the concept of wicked problems and learners will apply a strategic problem-solving tool to effectively define organisational challenges. 
  • We will conclude the programme with the learners applying a structured methodology to map the problem identification process into a comprehensive consultancy intervention framework.

Module 1 Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the strategic function of Organisational Design.
  • Explore a range of models and paradigms to identify and establish the nature of organisations.
  • Discover the key components of business architecture through exploration of current thought leadership.
  • Use coaching skills to collaboratively assess and build solutions with the client.
  • Develop a range of consultancy approaches and strategies.
  • Grow personal effectiveness and reflective practice as a consultant.
  • Evaluate organisational behaviour; what is valued and rewarded and the impact of these decisions.

Module 2 Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a consultancy strategy that can be effectively deployed within the organisation.
  • Undertake problem analysis utilising a range of creative and scientific methods.
  • Facilitate debate and negotiation between leadership teams and key stakeholders in the organisation.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of a range of psychometric and profiling tools.
  • Communicate findings with influence considering the communication preferences of the target audience.

This qualification will ideally suit professional consultants, managers with an internal consultancy focus, HR, Business Partners and senior leaders who wish to develop their Organisational Design skillset and personal influence in the business.

This qualification is designed for individuals wishing to develop their professional consultancy abilities, and who will have the knowledge, skills and behaviours to drive consultancy activities in a senior capacity. They will have the professionalism to deliver impact, behave ethically and demonstrate a commitment to continual learning and development.

The qualifications have been designed for practising or aspiring Senior Management Consultants, wishing to formalise or develop their learning and progress on to Chartered Management Consultant (ChMC).

Extensive research has been undertaken to ensure that these qualifications reflect the tasks and activities of managers in the aforementioned roles in the workplace. Sources of information include, but are not limited to:

  1. Comparability to existing Professional/Management Consulting programmes
  2. Chartered Management Consultant Competency Framework
  3. Stakeholder consultation

The qualification has been developed in partnership with the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) and the content is mapped to the Chartered Management Consultant Competency Framework.

CMI Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting

Learners must select at least one unit to a minimum of 70 tut hours to achieve this qualification. The minimum GLH is 14 hours.

CMI Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting

Learners must select at least two units to a minimum of 140 tut hours to achieve this qualification. The minimum GLH is 34 hours.

CMI Level 7 Diploma in Professional Consulting

Learners must select at least four units to a minimum of 370 tut hours to achieve this qualification. The minimum GLH is 108 hours.

Unit Number

Unit Title

Total Unit Time (Hours)

720

Principles of Professional Consulting

100

721

Leadership in professional consulting

90

722

The practise of professional consulting

100

723

Leading innovation and change through professional consulting

90

724

Personal and professional development for professional consultants

70

725

Professional consulting expertise

70

726

Delivering client requirements through professional consulting

100

SPD offer this programme with a particular focus and emphasis on Organisational Design and Development but it is beneficial for individuals who may be operating or aspiring to operate in any consultancy capacity either internally or externally.

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All Dates and Locations

Oct 3 - Oct 5, 2022
£2495 + VAT
Feb 6 - Feb 8, 2023
£2495 + VAT
Jun 12 - Jun 14, 2023
£2495 + VAT