A New Era for Professional Managers

A New Era for Professional Managers
5 April 2011 John Moore

South Africa needs more professional, world class managers so it can play its full role on the global stage of business and commerce.

The launch of the Chartered Management Institute of South Africa (CMISA) on 5th April in Johannesburg sees the start of a national drive to recognise and develop a community of professional, world class South African managers.

South Africa cannot afford to have an economy ‘constrained by a severe lack of skills’, said Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande at the launch of the country’s third National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III. The NSDS framework recognises that one of the key changes required in South Africa is the need to develop standards of professional conduct, ethical behaviours and robust governance.

The Framework talks about the need for ‘quality partners’ citing professional bodies such as The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as role models. Until now there was no comparable professional body for management, but with the launch of the Chartered Management Institute of South Africa, all that is about to change.

From 5th April, any manager will be able to apply to become a member of CMI, joining over 86,000 likeminded professionals worldwide. In an initiative lead by the Services Sector Education & Training Authority (SSETA) and its partner Exponential Training & Assessment, the CMI model offers four levels of membership (Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow) as well as the opportunity for the country’s best managers to attain the coveted Chartered Manager recognition.

Devan Naicker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the SSETA said, “We have been looking for a model that could deliver on being both a professional body and a quality partner and we believe we have found the one with CMI. With the Quality Council for Training Organisation’s (QCTO) commitment to driving the development and accreditation of occupational qualifications, as one of the world’s leading authorities on management occupational standards, we believe CMI is the ideal partner.

Over the next year, the SSETA’s other partner Exponential Training & Assessment will be working closely with CMI and the SSETA to build local capacity through a range of new and exciting initiatives, including Chartered Manager status.

Recognising the importance of this initiative, the launch will be attended by officials from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), the Quality Council of Training Occupations (QCTO), the Chartered Management Institute, the Services Sector Education & Training Authority (SSETA) and the UK Trade Commissioner.

From 5th April, the door will be open for applications for membership of the Chartered Management Institute via www.exponentialtraining.co.za or www.serviceseta.org.za

John Moore has over 20 years experience of training and developing Managers, Coaches, Consultants and businesses. As Managing Director of Exponential Training, John researches, speaks, blogs and writes about how to improve performance. He also designs and delivers engaging, fun and interactive learning programmes. John is a Fellow Chartered Manager and has worked with managers and organisations in over 20 different countries.

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