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Should I get a Change Management Certificate (CMC)? Should you?

In the world of acronyms and titles there is yet one more to add to your business card. Not only can one get a CMA, CIA, CFA, CPA, but you can get a CMC. The CMC is something new to me. A Change Management Certification (CMC) is said to “enhance your ability to embrace and successfully manage the impact of change.” Businesses go through changes and many need experts to come in and perform a turnaround with the company to make it viable again. According to their website, you have to show some form of competency before being considered. At least you have to have more than a pulse. But, in the world of acronyms, do we really need another to prove competency? One of Proformative’s regular contributors, Regis Quirin, wrote a book about performing turnarounds. He, as well as other contributors to Proformative, have what I consider to be change management experience. As far as I know none of them have the certificate. Does it make their experience any less valuable for not obtaining a CMC? Have you ever heard of the CMC? Is it worthwhile certification to pursue? Or is it another attempt by a professional organization to add another stream of revenue?


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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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I'll repeat what I've said before, these certifications are not worth the paper they are written on, since they don't show what you can do, they show that you can pass a test.

They are a revenue stream for the organization that promotes them. A very lucrative stream at that.

Sooner than later those who hold so much stock in these certifications will come to realize their folly and then all that hard word to pass and maintain (usually from courses from that same organization; sic more revenue) would have been in vain.


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