CMI Emerging Leadership Programme

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Are you a practising or aspiring manager and leader who wants to develop your skills and knowledge in leading and managing individuals and teams? Do you want to earn a recognised qualification that will boost your career prospects and confidence? If so, the Emerging Leadership Programme is for you.

Laura Young, North East Scotland College,  Emerging Leaders Graduate shares her experience:

A very positive experience for me which has been very beneficial personally and professionally. If you’re at all considering undertaking the course, do it, you won’t regret it!

Gordon Manson, Forth Valley College, Emerging Leaders Graduate shares his experience:

Thank you for your help, support and guidance over the last few months. I’ve really enjoyed the course and found that it has had such a positive impact on my practice.

Entry requirements

Ideally applicants will have some leadership experience and carry out a management and leadership role. Applicants who have been identified by their organisation as aspiring managers and leaders are also welcomed, but they must have the support of their organisation and opportunities to apply their learning.

Course Dates (all online sessions run from 11am – 1pm)

Cohort 1 Cohort 2
Wednesday 04 September 2024 Wednesday 15 January 2025
Wednesday 18 September 2024 Wednesday 29 January 2025
Wednesday 02 October 2024 Wednesday 12 February 2025
Wednesday 16 October 2024 Wednesday 26 February 2025
Wednesday 30 October 2024 Wednesday 12 March 2025
Wednesday 13 November 2024 Wednesday 26 March 2025
Wednesday 27 November 2024 Wednesday 09 April 2025
Wednesday 11 December 2024 Wednesday 30 April 2025
Wednesday 08 January 2025 Wednesday 14 May 2025
Wednesday 22 January 2025 Wednesday 28 May 2025
Wednesday 05 February 2025 Wednesday 11 June 2025

Course overview

The Emerging Leadership Programme is a blended learning course that will equip you with the essential principles and practices of leadership and management. You will learn how to lead ethically and effectively, how to empower and motivate your team, and how to monitor and improve their performance. You will also gain insights into your own strengths and areas for development and receive feedback and support from your tutor and peers.

The certificate consists of two units:

  • Principles of Leadership Practice
  • Principles of Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams.

Each unit requires 30 and 25 guided learning hours respectively, plus self-directed study and assessment.

Course delivery

This is a blended learning programme. Participants will attend 11 x 2-hour on-line workshops, over 6 months, interspersed with guided and self-directed learning. The workshops combine tutor input, practical activities, peer learning and reflective practice.


The course is based on the CMI Level 5 RQF (level 8 SCQF) Certificate in Management and Leadership, which you will receive upon successful completion of the course and two written assignments. The graded system for CMI qualifications is ‘Pass/Refer’. If a candidate does not pass on their first attempt, they will be given developmental feedback and allowed a second and final submission.

Progression opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, participants can progress to further learning within the suite of qualifications at this level or, where appropriate, to a higher-level qualification such as the Strategic Leadership programme offered by CDN.

CMI Membership

Participants will be provided with free Affiliate membership of the CMI through until the completion of their studies, Member benefits can be found here.


Total cost of the programme for college staff is £540 (incl. VAT).
This includes CMI registration and assessment administration fees.

Applying for the course

To apply and check your eligibility please complete our application form using the link below.  Please note that you must have the support of your Line Manager or other authorised person in your college before applying for this course.


If you have any questions please contact Valerie Jackman,

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