Set yourself apart from the crowd with
proven strategic management capabilities

This is an era in which the job market is replete with recent graduates and seasoned professionals seeking to make both lateral and upwards moves in their careers. You really need every bit of an edge you can get to set your name apart from the seas of professional competition and rise above the noise to achieve your professional objectives.

It’s no longer enough just to list your degree and learning institution. It’s no longer enough to simply list your best traits as professional qualifications. What really establishes your credibility as a major contender is hard evidence that you are a proven professional in your field.

With the CSM certification on your resume, you will be well equipped to really make your case as you seek to further your career and explore your options in the workplace. And as Certified Strategic Manager, you’ll have a significant advantage over others who seek leadership and management positions.

Upon the completion of CSM certification, you will have the command of Strategic Management Body of Knowledge (SMBOK), ultimately gaining the understanding and competence to jumpstart your career. Let’s make it happen!

Why choose the CSM certification?

How to complete CSM?

Exam & Fees

In order to achieve the CSM credential, you need to pass a computer-based MCQ exam. Duration of the exam is 60 minutes and total mark is 100. You will need to get minimum 60% marks to pass the exam.

Exam duration No. of MCQs Total marks Pass marks
60 Minutes 50 MCQs 100 marks 60%

SMBOK and practice book are provided for free! You do not have to pay any fees to IQN until you sit for your exam. Currently CSM exam fee is £149. If you unfortunately fail in your first exam attempt, you will be allowed five re-sit exam opportunities. However, all re-sit exams must be taken within two years from your first exam attempt date. Each re-sit exam fee is only £49. Successful students are issued digital certificate and transcript at no extra cost! However, in case any student require hard-copy certificate and transcript, additional fees (£99) will be applicable.

Exam fee Resit fee (each resit) Digital Certificate SMBOK & Practice book
£149 £49 Free Free

Annual Maintenance and Re-certification

After successfully completing your CSM exam, you become authorised to use CSM post-nominal letters after your name. Annual Maintenance Fees (AMF) are required to maintain your CSM credential. Your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) is due on the anniversary of passing the CSM exam. Subsequent AMFs are due on each anniversary date thereafter. Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) for the year 2021 is £49. AMF may be subject to review in future years.

Maintaining your CSM certification is crucial to your professional growth, fluency and currency within the industry. IQN requires that you recertify by passing an online re-certification exam once every ten (10) years. This is to ensure that you maintain the same level of knowledge demonstrated in your first exam. Re-certification exam fee is £29.

Exam Preparation

Our students either study independently or attend classes arranged by registered centres. Registered centres will also conduct the computer-based CSM certification exam. Our SMBOK and practice book are sufficient to ensure exam success. Our practice questions are important to evaluate your own progress and preparation. Our registered centres will share SMBOK and practice book with you. Survey shows that majority of our students successfully complete the certification in three months. However, you can take as much time as you need for your preparation.

Exam Registration Eligibility

There are two entry routes to become eligible to sit for the CSM exam. Before you apply, make sure you meet either entry route A or B:


Education Experience
HND/ Associate Degree/ Bachelor Degree/ IQN Diploma/ Equivalent 1-year work experience


Education Experience
High School Diploma/ GCSE/ global equivalent school-level certificate 2-year work experience

Further Information

If you need further information about the CSM certification, please feel free to contact us. We will be more than glad to assist you!