Larger Firms Scale Up ChMC as Award Rolls Out to Thousands of Consultants Across Sector

Major consulting firms EY and PwC are significantly increasing the number of experienced professionals and consultants on the journey to the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC), ahead of the first anniversary of its launch. PwC have announced that all of their consultants will be offered the opportunity to go for Chartered marking a major long-term commitment for the firm. EY have announced that all graduate recruits will be backed to do chartered from this year onwards making hundreds of new people eligible for the award every year. The scale-up does not stop there and the firm is also committed to adding hundreds of experienced professionals to the programme from this year onwards. PwC and EY join other major firms IBM Consulting, KPMG, Arup and Arcadis that have adopted the new standard for the consulting industry along with many other leading smaller consulting firms. 

The commitment by firms and those of others across the sector is recognition of the impact of the award with more clients enquiring about Chartered as they seek the highest standards of practice in the industry. Consultants themselves are also pushing for Chartered and in a recent MCA survey 75% of leaders said the ChMC was an important initiative for the industry1. The firms increasing their numbers on the chartered programme are among sixteen who are accredited with a further forty currently being processed and committed to putting their consulting staff through the accredited journey. EY, PwC, and 8 other leading firms were all involved in the pilot stage in developing the award with the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).    

Tracy Jackson, Consulting Learning Leader, EY, said:

“Increasing significantly the number of our consultants who will be undertaking the Chartered Management Consultant award reflects EY’s continued focus on learning and is a reflection of our investment in career development. Hundreds of our consultants will be eligible for the award over the coming years including all new EY consulting graduate recruits as well as our experienced consultants. This is an exciting time both for EY and the consulting sector as the growth of ChMC confirms the expertise, experience and talent there is within the profession.”

Alwin Swales, Partner at PwC, added:    

You’ve can’t believe how much interest people have shown in the award. I have many inbound emails. I have people texting me and asking me ‘when is it my turn?’ and ‘Can I jump the queue please?’ It’s been seen as a massive investment into them. And it’s an investment because it acknowledges the skills that consultants have developed and the skill level they’ve attain over the years.” 

Ann Francke OBE, CEO of the CMI said:

“The enthusiasm with which the management consultant community has taken up the challenge and opportunity of embedding the Chartered Management Consultant Award in just one year has been extremely encouraging. To have so many leading consultancy firms and consultants embrace Chartered status shows a professional community devoted to innovation, professional development and quality. I am confident with CMI working with the MCA, we’ll see further rapid increases in the numbers of Chartered Management Consultants in the coming months and years.”

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), said: 

“We’re delighted that after a successful launch and pilot many leading firms in our sector are now offering this new important award to their people and it’s great to see such long term and large commitments from some of the world’s biggest brands in consulting. We look forward to working with the CMI to scale this important award across our diverse sector.”

Find out more about what ChMC looks like for you or your organisation, and start your journey to ChMC, by registering your interest today by calling 07958 590269 or go to Chartered Management Consultant Award – MCA,  no later than 31 March 2022.