CMI Emerging Leadership Programme

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This course is aimed at practising or aspiring managers and leaders. The primary role of a practicing or aspiring manager and leader is to lead and manage individuals and teams to deliver aims and objectives in line with organisational strategy.

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 14 September 2022 Wednesday 18 January 2023
Wednesday 28 September 2022 Wednesday 01 February 2023
Wednesday 12 October 2022 Wednesday 15 February 2023
Wednesday 26 October 2022 Wednesday 01 March 2023
Wednesday 09 November 2022 Wednesday 15 March 2023
Wednesday 23 November 2022 Wednesday 29 March 2023
Wednesday 07 December 2022 Wednesday 19 April 2023
Wednesday 11 January 2023 Wednesday 03 May 2023
Wednesday 25 January 2023 Wednesday 17 May 2023
Wednesday 08 February 2023 Wednesday 31 May 2023
Wednesday 22 February 2023 Wednesday 14 June 2023

Course overview

The Emerging Leadership Programme is built around the CMI Level 5 RQF (level 8 SCQF) Certificate in Management and Leadership which will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the course and the two assignments. The certificate comprises two units:

Principles of Leadership Practice (CMI 526)

Total unit time: 78 hours      Guided learning hours: 30

The aim of this unit is to develop managers’ understanding of ethical leadership and the impact of culture and values on leadership. Managers will examine leadership models and the concept of empowerment with consideration of techniques and methods for leading others.

Principles of Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams (CMI 503)

Total unit time: 50 hours      Guided learning hours 25

The aim of this unit is to equip managers with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical approaches to leading and managing teams effectively. Managers will identify the techniques used to monitor and manage individual and team performance, assess current and future capabilities and adopt approaches to respond to these. On successful completion of this unit, managers will not only understand how to meet the challenge of leading individuals and teams, they will know how to support, motivate and inspire them to exceed expectations.

Course delivery

This is a blended learning programme. Participants will attend 11 x 2-hour on-line workshops interspersed with guided and self-directed learning. The workshops combine tutor input, practical activities, peer learning and reflective practice. Guided learning comes in the form of research on the participant’s organisation, reading and self-directed exploration on key topics.


A written assessment must be completed for each unit. 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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