Candidate Guide for CMI Level 5 Qualifications

The purpose of the guide is to provide information about the qualifications available to you and to answer some of the questions you may have.


Why this particular qualification?

The Level 5OD qualifications in Advanced Management and Leadership are designed to develop the role and skill of senior managers and those aspiring to senior management working in the Operational Delivery profession. These qualifications aim to develop personal management capabilities, make effective use of information in decision-making, operations and the development of the skills in managing people.

Structure of the qualification

Level 5OD Advanced Management and Leadership qualifications are made up of a number of units. Each unit is worth a number of credits. The approximate number of hours each unit should take you to complete are called guided learning hours (GLH).

Guided learning hours are made up of:

  • e-learning
  • face-to-face courses
  • work-based projects
  • prior learning

Within your Advanced Management and Leadership qualification there is currently the choice of studying for three different grades. The qualification selected will be determined by your personal development needs and the organisational requirements. The three grades are:

  • Award - the Level 5OD Award in Management and Leadership helps you to strengthen and develop your knowledge of middle management by focusing on specific management areas that are applicable to your job.
  • Certificate - the Level 5OD Certificate in Management and Leadership gives you a broader knowledge of middle management skills while focusing on the specific leadership areas appropriate to you and your workplace.
  • Diploma - the Level 5OD Diploma in Management and Leadership gives you a wide knowledge of middle management skills. You can select the units most appropriate to your individual and organisational needs

To achieve an Award you need to complete any combination of units to 6 credits, with approximately 20-25 guided learning hours.

To achieve a Certificate you need to complete any combination of units to 13 credits, with approximately 45-55 guided learning hours.

To achieve a Diploma you need to complete any combination of units to 38 credits, with approximately 120 - 125 guided learning hours.

If you gain an Award in your qualification, you have the option to progress to a Certificate. If you gain a Certificate in your qualification, you have the option to progress to a Diploma.


To achieve success in a particular unit you need to show that you are able to meet the assessment criteria. There are a number of ways in which you can do this. These include your day-to-day work activities and the learning opportunities that you undertake as part of your normal professional development.

Many of the things you do as part of your development and applying this to your work will give you evidence that shows you fulfill the assessment criteria. How you get your evidence assessed is in the section: How do I get my work assessed?

What exactly is involved

The accredited qualification pathway sits beside the non-accredited pathway. This means that you will be undertaking some of the same learning opportunities as colleagues who have chosen not to follow the accreditation route. The difference is you will submit your evidence to show how you have applied this learning and met the CMI standards.

The accredited qualification pathway is designed to lead to a qualification so there will be some extra activity you need to do to provide the evidence that you meet the assessment criteria.

What do I need to do first

You will have already agreed the level and units you are aiming for with your Line Manager, and which development opportunities are the most appropriate for you.

Each unit lists a number of learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Here is a list of the qualifying units available at Level 5OD.

Level 5OD Units Credits GLH
Unit 5001OD Personal development as a manager and leader - this unit focuses on your personal professional development, how to plan resources accordingly, how to implement and evaluate your personal development plan and an overall awareness of staff welfare. 6 20
Unit 5002OD Information based decision making - this unit focuses on the identification, analysis and presentation of data and information to support decision making, alongside the ability to communicate in a way that supports business decisions. 7 25
Unit 5003OD Managing team and individual performance - this unit focuses on the identification and assesment of performance objectives for your team in order to provide advice, guidance and support to improve performance, alongside the ability to apply the organisation's disciplinary and grievance procedures. 9 30
Unit 5004OD Practices of resource management - this unit focuses on your ability to identify, select and use the resource supply chain to meet planned objectives. 7 25
Unit 5005OD Meeting stakeholder and quality needs - this unit focuses on how to identify stakeholders, their requirements, how to apply and improve quality standards whilst promoting improvement and change. 6 25
Unit 5006OD Conducting a management project - this unit focuses on conducting research using sources and analysis of data to make conclusions and recommendations to achieve a project aim and show results. 10 35
Unit 5010OD Planning for development - this unit focuses on the ability to devise, identify and plan for individual development to meet organisational objectives in the form of a personal development plan with an evaluation of progress accordingly. 6 20
Unit 5011OD Managing recruitment, selection and induction - this unit focuses on the legality of the recruitment process along with the ability to conduct a selection process. 7 25
Unit 5013OD Leadership practice - this unit focuses on the differences between management and leadership, the principles that support organisational values and the ability to apply leadership styles to achieve organisational objectives. 7 30

Discussions with your Line Manager are an integral part of your personal development planning, and they are a key part of your progress towards your qualification. The notes you make within and around these discussions provide evidence for assessment.

There is a template for you to use to make notes of these discussions.

Please Note: Unit 5006OD requires the candidate to undertake a work-based project as part of the assessment criteria.

What do I need to produce?

Each qualification, Award, Certificate or Diploma has its own requirement for evidence. You will be guided to the evidence field for that qualification by clicking on the link to the units you have enrolled for. You will find these links in the password-protected area.

Each unit section will give you details of the process you need to follow and any documentation you need to complete.

How is my work assessed?

You will be provided with evidence documents that you need to complete.

The assessment process considers your evidence and is specific to each qualification. This evidence is drawn from your day-to-day activities and the learning journey you are undertaking.

The assessment will use the following:

  • Naturally occurring documents completed as part of the job role
  • Evidence produced through carrying out learning activities and exercises outlined in a Civil Service Learning Workplace Learning Activity
  • Completed exercises in a workbook
  • Activities and action points recorded when completing e-learning
  • Attendance at workshops and outcomes of activities completed as part of face-to-face workshops (for example, writing a SMART team objective based on organisation information based on an exercise)
  • Personal development action plan completed during workshop
  • Feedback from skills practise sessions
  • Discussions with your Line Manager
  • Written answers to questions

Your work can take up to 6 weeks to be assessed, as it has to go through three stages of marking. The first being the marking of your work, the second is the verification of your work and the assessors marking and the third stage is sign off by CMI.

What support will I have?

Premier Partnership

As well as handling the technical aspects of the accreditation process, Premier Partnership is committed to providing additional learner support, for example if you have any queries about your registration with CMI or if you have any special requirements.

You can contact Premier Partnership directly at or by telephoning the help desk on 01302 361226.

Telephone enquiries will be responded to in normal working hours (09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday) or for messages left outside of normal working hours within one working day.

Emails will normally be responded to within 48 hours.

CMI website

As a registered learner with CMI you have access to a wealth of learning resources. These include:

  • Quick find study resources directly linked to your qualification
  • Access to checklists, e-learning tools and much more

You can access this through the Management Direct resource website

Your Line Manager

Your Line Manager already plays an important role in your professional development. As you progress towards your qualification, your Line Manager will support you in a number of ways. These include:

  • Approving your request to start the pathway
  • Agreeing with you what are the most appropriate development opportunities
  • Having regular discussions with you, including reviews of any workshops you have attended or learning activities that you have undertaken

The Line Manager Guide clarifies their role in supporting you through the qualification.

Civil Service Learning

You will already be aware of the wide range of learning opportunities available to you on the Civil Service Learning portal. These include:

  • Workshops and events
  • Workplace learning activities
  • Workbooks and crib guides
  • E-learning

Policies and Codes of Practice

Both CMI and Premier Partnership work in accordance with a number of policies and codes of practice to ensure that they carry out their responsibilities in a fair, equitable and legal manner.

Policies and procedures that are particularly relevant to you as a learner are:


  • Complaints and Appeals Policy
  • Complaints and Appeals Procedure
  • Reasonable Adjustments Policy
  • Diversity and Equality Policy

Premier Partnership

  • Complaints and Appeals Policy
  • Diversity and Equality Policy

Policies and procedures are based on ACAS guidelines and codes of practice. You may request copies of these by contacting Premier Partnership directly at

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