Certified Strategic Manager (CSM) qualification provides the opportunity to understand and analyse existing performance and business strategy within the context of organisations. By completing the qualification, you would be able to understand tools, techniques, plans and models which are essential  to formulate efficient business strategies. CSM is credit rated at Level 7 on Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Top reasons to join

• Demonstrate your competency in strategic management and leadership

• Earn an affordable qualification recognised in UK framework (SCQF)

• Enhance global acceptance through a qualification benchmarked against European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

• A unique qualification for working professionals

Duration & Preparation

Total time to complete the CSM qualification 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.

Our course book is sufficient to ensure exam success as we do not set any MCQ outside the content of the course book. Our practice questions are important to assess your own progress and preparation.

CSM is a centre-based qualification. You will have to study with one of our ‘Registered Training Centres’ (RTC) that offer tuition for CSM exam.

How to complete?

Step 1: Registration
Click here to register your interest.

Step 2: Study
If we have a registered training centre near your location, you will have to study with the centre. If we don’t have a training centre in your location, only then we will share free coursebook with you to study independently.

Step 3: Exam 
Once your preparation is complete, you can take IQN exams any time of the year. IQN exams are available in 175 countries through Pearson VUE Test Centres.


There are no formal entry requirements. CSM is open to all – from school leavers to graduates and professionals. However, it may be of particular interest to:

Managers responsible for strategic decisions

Business management students

Someone with interest in business strategy


There is only one exam to qualify for the CSM qualification. There will be total 40 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions). Each MCQ will carry 2.5 marks and total marks is 100. Duration of the exam is 60 minutes. You will need to get minimum 60% marks to pass the exam. If you fail, you can always resit the exam.  There is no restriction on the number of resit you can attempt. Our exam fee is £129 and payable through Pearson VUE web account. Exam fees become due only when you decide to take the exam. If you fail in your first exam, you can resit by paying only £49.

Free initial registration!

Exam fee

Resit fee, if you need to retake the exam

CSM is a centre-based qualification. You will have to study with one of our ‘Registered Training Centres’ (RTC) that offer tuition for CSM exam. You will need to pay for the classes or other forms of support provided by your training centre. Fees charged by the centres are in addition to our Pearson VUE exam fees.


If you need further information about the qualification, please send an email to support@iqnglobal.com.