Why should I join SMDC?

If you’re in the business of management consulting, membership in SMDC is an investment in your career. Your membership will provide you with exceptional value in terms of your personal development, your professional practice and your financial security.

And if you’re not a management consultant, but offer other professional advisory services to corporate clients – accounting or IT, for example – the methodologies that form the core of the management consulting profession can provide you with the structure to more effectively diagnose your client’s problems, and provide solutions. Through a variety of professional development and networking opportunities, SMDC provides ample opportunity to share best business practices with your colleagues in the management consulting profession, and other advisory services.

Through our online database, you will have access to potential clients interested in retaining a management consultant. They can search for assistance by area of expertise to find the best fit for their project. You will have access to a unique range of products and services that we have secured on your behalf, typically at discounted rates. And most importantly, you will have access to the CMC designation program, the only internationally recognized certification program for management consultants.

Must I have the CMC designation to be a member?

No, whether you have the designation or are currently pursuing or are interested in pursuing the designation, or simply wanting to improve your advisory skills, we welcome you to our Association.

What types of companies or firms currently belong to SMDC?

Members of SMDC are individuals who come from a wide range of companies: sole proprietors; consultants from small-medium enterprises, as well as those from large firms.

In what business are typical members involved?

Again, our membership base covers a wide range of service areas, serving clients in many different industries. The most common service areas are: strategic and business planning, organizational development, project management, feasibility studies, and general management and information technology/e-business management. Our members consult to almost every industry imaginable including government, banking and financial services, health care, manufacturing, professional services, franchising, small/family business, and technology.

How can I be a member when I don't have three years consulting experience?

There is no minimum experience requirement for SMDC membership. Three years management consultancy experience is needed to complete your CMC designation, which can be gained while pursuing other components of the CMC designation program.

What documents do I need to submit as proof of having an undergraduate degree?

Official sealed transcripts from the degree granting institution should be forwarded directly from the academic institution to SMDC.

How does SMDC assess the three-year experience requirement and what documents will I need to support it?

The internationally recognized measurement of ‘management consulting experience’ is stated as 1200 hours for three years, including the last 12 months ‘in the business of management consulting.’

One of your sponsors will be required to sign a declaration attesting to your experience prior to you being admitted as a CMC.

As further proof of consulting experience, candidates will submit summaries of management consulting assignments in which they have played a major role. These too will be signed off by one of the candidate’s sponsors.  And the Oral Assessment examination of the candidate will address the details of these engagements to ensure the candidate meets the standards of consulting experience.

I am new to the profession. Can SMDC help me find appropriate sponsors?

Yes we can! Through our members in Lebanon, we can match you with CMCs in your area.

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