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The management certification and all the players involved in the process


The CEMES certification adheres to the European standard of personnel certification thus guaranteeing a transparent and reliable certification. This especially implies a strict separation of consulting/ further education and certification.


The certification regulations are the basis for the whole certification because they define basic principles, as well as individual duties and responsibilities. The certification regulations are valid on a European level and are applied by all organisations, institutions, and persons involved. The CEMES certification regulations and the relevant competencies can be found in this brochure or on the internet. Thus, the certification is rendered very transparent and anyone who is interested will be able to gather all the necessary information. Potential candidates will find the requirements they have to meet, thus being be able to decide whether a preparatory course or an assessment are necessary. Human resources managers might find the detailed information about the competencies useful because thus, they know exactly what skills an applicant with an EMC possesses.


From the first consultation or interview to the issuing of the certificate, the overall process is clearly structured. The illustration on page 9 explains how the single organisations and institutions cooperate. The organisations and institutions also have to review and continuously develop the European Management Certificates, in the areas assigned to them.



Description of a typical certification process:


1.         An SME manager contacts a regional examination centre in order to find out about the possibilities for a certification of competencies. S/he also uses the self-assessment tool which is available online.

2.         The EMC candidate attends courses in order to acquire the competencies s/he lacks.

3.         The candidate registers with a national CEMES examination centre and takes the CB test, prior to the actual assessment.

4.         Two independent and accredited assessors carry out the examination (assessment) at a national CEMES examination centre.

5.         A CEMES assessor submits the results to the National Head Office CEMES, where the results are evaluated and validated.

6.         This recommendation is passed on to the European Head Office CEMES, which issues the certificate.

7.         If the holder wishes, his/her name will be listed on the CEMES website.

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