You’ve bitten the bullet and decided to study a CIM qualification but which one? Checking out various websites can help but can still seem confusing. You may fit some eligibility criteria but not others? You may have picked up that CIM do set eligibility criteria for each qualification but this is never set in stone so always speak to your study centre before signing up. This is especially important for students considering the Foundation Certificate or CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing.
Foundation V’s Certificate?
The first module on both qualifications is very similar, however, it ramps up on the CIM Certificate course when you progress onto modules 2 and 3. So, even if you have a short amount of marketing experience or transferrable skills in a sales or customer experience role you may be eligible to skip the Foundation and join the Certificate level.
It’s often easier to identify the right level by aligning them with your experience and qualifications. The following is a guide to help you navigate the right level for you…
- No experience and maybe your first or second job? – The CIM Foundation is likely to be the right course for you.
- Some exposure to marketing or have been working in a customer service, sales or PA role?, it’s worth checking out the CIM Certificate level.
- Already a marketing assistant, junior marketer or have 6 months to 2 years’ experience? – the CIM Certificate is most likely to be the right level.
- Have 2 + years marketing experience at a managerial level or your next career move is a marketing managers role? – the CIM Diploma will be right for you.
If you have any doubts or are unsure which level is right for you always speak to a study centre for advice. Their job is to understand your motivations and ensure you are given the right advice. London Marketing Set (LMS) have a team with years of experience delivering CIM qualifications who can offer invaluable advice and guidance!