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Level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership

Our Level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership qualifications provide a great platform for those starting out or in the early part of their career in management.

Qualification Content

Developed for supervisors and first line managers who have operational responsibility for a defined area of activity, our Level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership qualifications give junior managers the communication and motivational skills to help improve operational efficiency.

Units Include:

  • Managing a Team to Achieve Results
  • Principles of Communication in the Workplace
  • Managing Own Personal and Professional Development
  • Building Stakeholder Relationships using Effective Communication
  • Managing Daily Activities to Achieve Results
  • Monitoring Quality to Improve Outcomes
  • Managing Data and Information
  • Principles of Management and Leadership

Qualification Structure

This qualification has been designed so that learners can complete progressively. The Diploma is the full qualification however, you can start off with the Certificate and ‘top-up’ to the Diploma by completing the additional Units.

Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Management and Leadership:

Duration:  4- 6 Months (Flexible)

Unit Requirements: 3 Units

The CMI Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Management and Leadership provides a broad knowledge of management skills while focusing on how to improve team performance.

Learner Support

Throughout the qualification you will have access to a dedicated Performance Coach who will be your Tutor/Assessor throughout the programme, providing you with all the support and guidance you need. Our highly supportive approach sets us apart from our competitors and enables us to tailor the programme around your individual needs.

Working one-to-one with a Performance Coach and reviewing what you do and how you do it really makes a difference. By working smarter, you save yourself time, streamline routine processes and find solutions to current and on-going problems. Some of the problems our clients have addressed recently include: managing an under-performing team member; managing their work load and creating time to work on key projects; and spending too much time on ‘fire-fighting’ activities.

The way you work with your Performance Coach involves working on the things that are causing you the most problems and pain. We do not use simulations or hypothetical scenarios to help you achieve your qualification we use live, real-time problems that you are facing and support you to make improvements and move forward.

We use the qualification as a framework to embed the learning and development into the workplace in order to maximise the impact on performance.

What Our Clients Say…

It was a brilliant experience. I started off not knowing the meaning of PDP, I am now asking team members to complete them. The programme will benefit young managers and new managers enormously if they have no previous managerial qualifications of experience. I have recommended to a colleague and she is now on the programme.

Lindsey Dewart, Edward Hands & Lewis

I have really enjoyed quantifying and discovering the theory to support what have been instinctive skills and decisions for me previously. I now feel more confident in what I have to offer, and I’m sure will use the knowledge and understanding gained from this unit to improve my effectiveness, grow good relationships, and in turn manage.

Clair Haynes, Little Narratives

I found the process a very supportive way of bolstering my experience as a manager which adding theoretical context to my future management style.

Alexzandra Jackson, Phoenix Film & Digital Media


CMI would recommend the below qualifications as a possible progression route, once completing the Level 3 Principles of Management and Leadership qualifications:


CMI qualifications at Level 3 portray practical skills and competences that are rated in academic terms as being comparable to GCE AS/A Levels.