Management qualifications now within easy reach of long arm of the law

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has become the first awarding body in the UK to be accredited by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator) for its police management qualifications programme.

The formal accreditation means that CMI is now a nationally recognised provider of the highest standard of management qualifications for the police. The qualifications are part of a new career development programme and will be used to confirm promotions for Sergeants and Inspectors within the force.

Developed in partnership with Skills for Justice, the Sector Skills Council and Standards Setting Body for the sector, it means that CMI is able to offer senior police the opportunity to undertake the Level 4 Certificate in Police First Line Management (equivalent to a National Diploma) and a Level 5 Certificate in Police Management (equivalent to a university degree). The intention is to formalise learning and help officers to manage their own professional development and better plan, allocate and monitor work within their departments.

Specifically, the qualifications will ensure that senior police are assessed in terms of their personal effectiveness, leadership skills and ability to manage resources. Candidates undertaking the Level 4 qualification will, for example, cover topics such as how they supervise and respond to critical incidents and how they prepare for law enforcement operations. Those undertaking the Certificate in Police Management will be assessed for their ability to develop operational plans and identify threats and risks.

Narinder Uppal, head of CMI awarding body, said: “We are delighted to become the first awarding body, so far, to be accredited for our management qualifications for the police force. These qualifications, with CMI’s other public service, police and neighbourhood management certificates and awards, will help to ensure that officers have access to the best management training possible. The qualifications are designed to recognise and develop the competence of aspiring and practicing managers within the police sector and will help individuals working within the police force to improve their management skills and deliver a quality service for the public.”

Adrian Jackson, Employer Services Director for Skills for Justice, said: “Skills for Justice is delighted to have worked with CMI on developing these important new qualifications which will be a highly beneficial addition to the range of qualifications already available. We are pleased that these qualifications have been developed and accredited so quickly, and look forward to seeing people undertake them.”