Certified Business Manager (CBM) is jointly certificated by Scottish Qualifications Authority and IQN. CBM is nationally recognised in the Scotland (UK). The qualification has been SCQF credit rated at Level 6 with 90 credit points.

The certification is also referenced as a level 4 qualification in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).


In order to successfully complete CBM, students are required to successfully complete three compulsory units.

Unit Title SCQF Credit points SCQF Level
Accounting 40 8
Human Resource Management 20 6
Marketing Management 30 6
  Total 90 credit points SCQF Level 6

Top reasons to study CBM

▪ Earn an affordable certification that is recognised in the UK’s National Qualifications Framework
▪ Demonstrate your competence in three fundamental pillars in business management
▪ Enhance your employability through a certification benchmarked against EQF
▪ Gain a global certification that is jointly certificated by two reputed brands: IQN & SQA

Who is it for?

There are no formal entry requirements. CBM certification is open to all – we welcome anyone who want to increase their knowledge and skills in three pillars in business management: Accounting, HRM and Marketing. However, it may be of particular interest to:

▪ Professionals responsible for managing different aspects of a business
▪ University students considering placements or entrepreneurial careers
▪ Someone with a general interest in the key pillars of business management

How can I complete CBM?

Step 1: Registration

Click here to register your interest.

Step 2: Study

If we have a registered centre near your location, you will have to study with the centre. If we don’t have a centre in your location, only then we will share free coursebook with you so that you can study independently.

Step 3: Exam

Once your preparation is complete, you can take CBM exam any time of the year. CBM exam is available in 175 countries through Pearson VUE Test Centres. For details about exam registration, please visit our microsite at Pearson VUE.

Duration & Preparation

Total time to complete the CBM certification will depend on your background and willingness. Exam can be taken any time of the year. Hence, you can take whatever time you feel appropriate for your preparation. Coursebook is sufficient to ensure exam success as we do not set any MCQ outside the content of the coursebook. Our practice questions are important to evaluate your own progress and preparation.


There are three exams in CBM certification: (1) Accounting (2) Human Resource Management (3) Marketing Management. You have the freedom to attempt the exams in any order you prefer. Duration of each exam is 60 minutes and total mark is 100. You will need to get minimum 50% marks to pass each exam. If you fail, you can always resit the exam.  There is no restriction on the number of resit you can attempt.

Exam Structure

Unit Title No. of MCQs Total marks Pass marks
Accounting 35 MCQs 100 marks 50%
Human Resource Management 50 MCQs 100 marks 50%
Marketing Management 50 MCQs 100 marks 50%


Our exam fee is £129 and payable through Pearson VUE web account. Exam fee becomes due only when you decide to take the exam. If you fail in your first exam, you can resit by paying only £49. If we have a registered centre in your location, you will have to study with the support from one of our centres. The centre will provide study support and preparation classes for CBM exam. Tuition fees set by the centre are in addition to IQN exam fee. Kindly note we do not allow any ‘independent learning’ in locations where we have registered centre for the ‘CBM’ certification.

Unit Title Exam fee (each) Resit fee (each resit) Tuition fees Coursebook (PDF)
Accounting £129 £49 Decided by the centre Need to purchase book
Human Resource Management £129 £49 Decided by the centre Free
Marketing Management £129 £49 Decided by the centre Free


If you have already achieved a comparable qualification in accounting, human resource management, or marketing, then you may claim exemption from CBM exam. Click here to submit your exemption application online. Exemption fee is exactly same as exam fees.

Further Information

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