Professional Certificate in Management
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If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, the Professional Certificate in Management is for you. It provides a broad-based, practical introduction to the key ideas, techniques and overall competencies you need in order to manage effectively and productively in modern organisations in any part of the world. The emphasis is on your own professional development. Everything you study is related to the management roles and responsibilities you exercise in the various functional areas of your company or organisation. All the elements of the programme – study texts, activities and assignments, online resources, and personal and group support – ensure that you can immediately apply newly learned skills, knowledge and techniques in very practical ways. You can build on your experience and make direct links to your management development needs wherever you are in the world, whatever the size of your organisation and whether it is in the commercial, public or voluntary sector.
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OU Certificates are specially designed Open University qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study. For example The Open University's Certificate in Supporting Learning in Primary Schools is designed for teaching assistants and other kinds of classroom support staff, including volunteers. Not all OU Certificates are entry level qualifications.
You can use an OU Certificate to:
enhance or progress your current career, gain a greater knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this certificate. However, this is a Level 3 certificate. You should ensure that you have adequate study skills, such as gained from Level 1 and 2 study or its equivalent, before you begin.
You need not be currently employed as a manager, however it is recommended that you have some personal knowledge and experience of managing in an organisation. It is not possible to study this certificate without any work experience. For more information and sample module material, download our
Career relevance and employability
The Professional Certificate in Management is a recognised qualification in its own right, and providing you have relevant work experience it can also give access to our MBA (F61).
This certificate is ideal if you are in a first management or supervisory position, or if you are planning to extend your management career. It will help you to develop the skills needed to be a successful manager, such as critical thinking; understanding organisational structures; effective project management; good communication; and the ability to manage your time. A problem-based approach provides opportunities for you to engage with relevant management issues from your own work context and from case studies. Your journey through the certificate will equip you with a rounded understanding of how management works in practice, as well as key management skills and techniques that you can apply at work.
There’s more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the
OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication and look at our OU study and your career subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
Choose a pathway and register
Pathways allow you to specialise or choose particular topics that interest you. You will need to choose a pathway before registering.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards an Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for your chosen qualification. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.
Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Practical and professional skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
On successful completion of the required modules, you can be awarded a Professional Certificate in Management entitling you to use the letters Cert Mgmt (Open) after your name.
If you are intending to gain the Professional Certificate in Management on your way to completing a degree, you need to successfully pass all three modules (B628/BZX628, B629/BZX629 and B690) and be awarded your certificate before you are awarded the degree. This requirement arises from the University regulations regarding the amount of credit that you are counting uniquely for each qualification you get.
Successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Management allows academic entry onto the Masters in Business Administration, providing other entry criteria are also met.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our
Essential Documents website.
If you have a disability
Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:
the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
any work-based competency requirements.
Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007),
Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you
will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you
register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities
we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move.
As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed
feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online
tutorials, or by phone.
For more information read
Distance learning explained.