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Developed in partnership with the Change Management Institute (CMI) – this is the definitive certification to distinguish effective change managers.

Get recognized for possessing the knowledge needed to contribute constructively to teams specifying, developing, implementing and sustaining change initiatives. 

Certify your ability to:

  • Draw on a range of professional approaches to enable an organization to implement change effectively.
  • Help people adjust to organizational change.
  • Maintain stakeholder engagement during a change initiative.
  • Minimize the risk associated with failed change initiatives.
  • Establish effective change teams and address resistance to change.
  • Increase the probability of successful business change or transformation.

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What is Change Management?

The Change Management qualification deals with the effects and management of change and, more importantly, the impact change can have on all organizations. Working with Esther Cameron and Mike Green and building on the concepts in their book Making Sense of Change Management we have developed a qualification to help organizations and their people come to terms with these issues.

The qualification has a Foundation and Practitioner levels which are based on four modules, dealing with the theories of how change impacts on and is affected by:

  • The Individual
  • The Team
  • The Organisation
  • The Change Leader

You can become certified in Change Management through completing the learning around these and the Foundation and Practitioner exams. For the practitioner level, the book is supplemented with information from the People Alchemy website, an online directory for best practice thinking on a variety of management disciplines.

How can I train for the Change Management examinations?

Training for Change Management is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG International. To find an training course - please choose a Change Management certification level to see the available ATOs.

Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver Change Management training.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examinations by purchasing the core text from APMG Business Books. APMG International administer public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self study. Book a self-study exam here.

How do I sit the exams?

The vast majority of Change Management accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG International administer public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG International offices. There are four dedicated centers in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions. Click here to book a self-study exam.

Are there any pre-requisites for the Change Management examinations?

There are no pre-requisites for the foundation examination. Candidates must achieve a pass at foundation level before completing the practitioner examination. Candidates will also need to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to sitting their examination. Please click here to see a copy of these.

What are the main publications for Change Management and where can I purchase them?

APMG-International's Change Management qualification are based on the "The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook" publication. This can be purchased from APMG Business Books.
Most Change Management accredited training organizations include this publication with the course materials.

How long will it take to learn the Change Management material?

For individuals self-studying it is almost impossible to say. As all candidates have different experience and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you buy the manual and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend learning.
For those studying with an accredited training organization, foundation courses are generally delivered over 3 days, while combined foundation and practitioner courses are generally delivered over 5 days. It is well worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions.

When can I expect the results of my Change Management examinations?

Change Management foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Practitioner answer sheets are marked at APMG International offices and results released soon after.
Your result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.
If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your results will be sent directly to you via the relevant APMG International office approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

What are the pass marks for the Change Management examinations?

Pass marks for the Change Management examinations are as follows:

  • Foundation: You will need to score 25/50 to pass the foundation exam.
  • Practitioner: You will need to score 40/80 to pass the practitioner exam.

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become a Change Management trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become a Change Management trainer, individuals must achieve a score of 66% (53/80) in the practitioner exam.
To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email noting your interest. A representative of the Service Desk will be able to advise.

How can I advertise myself as Change Management qualified on my business card?

Candidates who have passed the Change Management Practitioner examination can put "Change Management Practitioner" on their business cards.

Can I use the Change Management logo?

Only accredited training organizations and their registered partners are allowed to use the Change Management logo.
Due to data protection laws, we are unable to quote organizations that use Change Management without prior consent. The method is applicable to any organizations, regardless of industry and sector. Requests for permission should be sent to:

How long are the Change Management certifications valid for?

The foundation examination is not valid for a defined period and will not expire.
Candidates who pass the practitioner exam are recognized as a 'Change Management Registered Practitioner'. Individuals will remain registered for a period of 5 years. To maintain the registered status, practitioners must complete and pass a Change Management re-registration examination 3-5 years following their initial/previous practitioner certification.

When will I receive my certificate?

Candidates will automatically be sent an electronic certificate within two business days of their exam results being released. If you have not received your certificate within this timeframe please contact our Customer Interaction Team -
Electronic certificates are environmentally friendly, but can be printed if required. It is also very easy to share them with employers and other third parties. APMG will send you a link to your registered email address. This link will take you to your Candidate Portal where you will find your electronic certificate(s). You can always access all your electronic certificates using the APMG candidate portal.
Sometimes, if you have taken your examination(s) via a Training Organisation, certificates will be issued based on the preferences that the Training Organisation selected when booking the exam. The Training Organisation can select either an electronic certificate or both paper and electronic certificates are provided to the candidate. The Training Organisation can also choose if certificates are sent to the candidates directly or via the Training Organisation. If you have been awarded an electronic certificate but also require a hard copy certificate, you can always order a hard copy certificate for GBP 12.00. This is also the case if you re-order your hard copy certificate.
If you would like to purchase a hard copy certificate in addition to your electronic certificate please contact our Customer Interaction Team -

How much does it cost to sit the Change Management examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. APMG International use a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the costs in your region, please contact the APMG International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at:

Which languages are Change Management examinations available in?

Change Management Foundation examinations are currently available in English, German, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Practitioner examinations are available in English, German and Polish.
Further translations are likely to follow based on demand.

Which languages is the ‘Making Sense of Change Management’ publication available in?

The Making Sense of Change Management book is currently available in English. A Polish translation is underway, and further translations are likely to follow based on demand.

How does my organization become a Change Management Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become a Change Management ATO should apply to become accredited or contact the local APMG International office. Where appropriate, an invoice will be raised and the organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process.

How do I become a Change Management approved trainer?

All Change Management trainers must be ‘sponsored’ by a Change Management Accredited Training Organization (ATO). Details of all Change Management ATOs can be found via the APMG International accredited organization search function.

A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG International office.

How does my organization become an Accredited Consulting Organization (ACO)?

An organization wishing to become an ACO should apply to become accredited or contact their local APMG International office. The organization will then be subject to APMG International’s ACO assessment process.

What are the main differences between APMG International’s two change-themed schemes – Change Management & Change Analyst?

Change Management is focused on organizational change management, addressing it from the perspectives of individual change, team change, organizational change and leading change. It is not IT change management per se, but rather covers a broad range of theories that help to understand how to implement change and how individuals, teams and organizations react to change situations.
ITIL foundation covers the basics of the ITIL framework, i.e. the processes and practices required to manage an IT Department. One of those processes is Change Management, i.e. how to manage changes to IT processes and services.
The Change Analyst qualification specifically addresses ITIL change management in much more detail than is possible in the ITIL foundation course. From the perspective of the Change Analyst ( i.e. someone working with the change management process), it covers the process in detail, continual improvement of the process, specific techniques that can be used in the process (including risk assessment techniques), communication, written communication and the role of the Change Analyst.