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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Certified Change Management Professional™
Download a copy of the CCMP FAQ booklet.
  • How is CCMP™ different from other change management designations?
  • CCMP is intended for experienced change management professionals who have had time to consistently demonstrate success in applying best practices for change. The CCMP was developed in accordance with international standards (ISO/ANSI) and is based on an extensive Practice Analysis Study which investigated leading practices in change management with senior professionals around the world.

    See the CCMP difference.

  • What are the benefits of CCMP?
  • The CCMP credential confirms that you have the education, experience and skills to effectively manage change, and demonstrates your commitment to personal development in the discipline of change management. CCMP is a credential created by change practitioners for change practitioners.

    See full list of CCMP benefits.

  • What is the CCMP based on?
  • CCMP is based on the Standard for Change Management©. It was developed by a global group of volunteers using a consensus process consistent with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) requirements. Over the course of two years, ACMP’s Standards Working Group engaged over 1,100 change management thought leaders and volunteers from 57 countries, each averaging more than 10 years’ experience, to capture, review and respond to more than 3,500 unique comments.

  • How long will it take to get my CCMP?
  • Earning a strong credential doesn't happen overnight, but it won't take long! Please see our article on this topic for more information.

  • Will I need to renew my CCMP certification?
  • Once you pass the CCMP exam, your certification is 'in effect' for three years. Within that three-year period, you must maintain your credential through renewal activities.

    During each three-year period, certificants must complete 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and record them in ACMP's online system. Each PDU corresponds to one hour spent on an activity (with the exception of experience) and requires supporting evidence of completion. Keep all receipts and related documentation to validate your renewal application.

    For more information, refer to the Candidate Handbook.

  • Who can apply?
  • CCMP is intended for experienced practitioners of change, regardless of your title. CCMP is a good fit for anyone who applies best practices in change management.

    See more eligibility criteria.

  • What is the pricing for the CCMP and renewal?
  • For members, the price of the CCMP application is $595 USD. For non-members, the price is $745 USD.

    To apply, click here.

    Renewal cost for members is $100 USD. For non-members, it is $150 USD.

  • What training do I need to qualify for the CCMP?
  • To qualify for the Certified Change Management Professional designation, you need to have completed 21 hours of change management training in the last 7 years, and the content must be aligned with the Standard©.

    Find more information on training.

  • Does ACMP offer training?
  • CCMP is not a training program itself, nor does it or ACMP offer training. The training you take to fulfill the required 21 hours is up to you. Any instructor-led (classroom or online) change management training that aligns with the Standard© will fulfill this requirement. To help you identify courses that meet the requirements, ACMP developed the Qualified Education Provider (QEP) program (click Find Courses in the bottom left). The courses listed have been 'pre-qualified' as aligned with the Standard© and they count towards the 21 hours you need.


The Application
  • I need help with my CCMP application’s essay questions, do you have any tips?
  • Yes! We have developed an array of information on how to answer the essay questions.
  • What is the Statement of Understanding?
  • ACMP's credential makes an important statement in the change management community. Those who successfully apply for and add the letters CCMP™ after their name are expected to be both knowledgeable about leading change management practices and able to use those skills to benefit their stakeholders.

    As such, it is critical that submitted applications be honest and accurate. To that end, every applicant is asked to review and confirm that they agree to the Statement of Understanding. The most important aspects are that:

    1. All information you provide is true and accurate
    2. The submission, including essay responses, reflects your work and no one else
    3. You will abide by ACMP's Code of Ethics

    Please read the following article for more information.

The Exam
  • My application was approved! Do you have any tips for preparing for the exam?
  • Congratulations! We have compiled some information to help you succeed in this endeavor.

  • How long do I have to take the exam?
  • Upon approval of your application, you have one year to schedule, take and pass the exam.

  • What if I don’t pass the first attempt?
  • If you do not pass on the first attempt, you may retake the exam up to two additional times within the one-year window. Re-examination fees of $300 USD for ACMP members and $375 USD for non-members apply for the second and third attempts.

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