Institute of Commercial Management courses, accreditation and requirements

Institute of Commercial Management courses, accreditation and requirements

The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) is considered to be the leading institution for business and commercial development. ICM is an international examining body that provides globally recognized awards to its students. The institute was designed to address training needs and personal development requirements for individuals wishing to join the commercial sector. It also provides support concerning workplace flexibility and continued development for individuals already in employment. The examination areas of ICM cover more than 200 subjects ranging from finance and accounting to hospitality and tourism among others. The programmes offered by the institute are designed in such a manner that they provide the students with a competitive advantage in various industries. This article will provide you with detailed and updated information concerning the admission requirements and courses offered at the Institute of commercial management.

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Excelling in an industry or workplace may be dependent on the training that you got at the higher learning institution you attended. To properly set yourself up commercially in Ghana, consider joining the ICM for a professional course that will not let you down. Check out the following details on the requirements needed.You need to be aware of everything that may come in handy when making an application.

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About the Institute of Commercial Management

The Institute of Commercial Management was established in 1979 as a charity for global outreach. The institute has been ranked as the leading professional body for business and commercial development of staff in Ghana. It provides various qualifications in marketing, business and other related areas. The programmes offered by the institute are designed to respond to and address the personal development and training needs of learners. The training and personal development studies are provided to individuals entering or continuing with work.

The international headquarter of ICM is in Ringwood, Hampshire (United Kingdom). It is a regulatory body for the institute as it helps in ascertaining qualifications and examinations. It exhibits the best practices by responding to vocational and academic needs of learners through a structured feedback mechanism and liaison. This in turn ensures that the needs of learners are met. The primary aim of the institute is to provide efficient assessments and examinations. This guarantees accurate certification for all the learners undertaking management, business, and other vocational programmes.

Institute of Commercial Management accreditation

PRIMPS is affiliated to the Institute of Commercial Management. Therefore, the programmes offered by the institution have received approval from the National Accreditation Board of Ghana (NAB). The institute has been allowed to provide various diploma and certificate courses in Ghana to increase learning.

Courses offered

The Institute of Commercial Management Diploma courses are:

1. Human Resource Development (HRD)

The Diploma in Human Resource Development – Part 1

  • Business Law
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Human Resource Development I
  • International Business Communications

(The ICM Diploma in Human Resource Development will be awarded after completing all Part 1 Subjects)

The Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Development – Part 2

  • Employee Relations
  • Human Resource Development II
  • Management Theory & Practice
  • Training & Development

(The Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Development will be awarded after completing all Part 1 and 2 subjects)

2. Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations (MAPR)

Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations – part 1

  • Advertising
  • Buyer Behavior & Consumerism
  • International Business Communications
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

(The ICM Diploma in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations will be awarded once you have completed all Part 1 subjects)

Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations – Part 2

  • Campaign Planning & Control
  • Financial Management
  • Management Theory & Practice
  • Strategic Marketing Management

(The Advanced Diploma in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations will be awarded once you have completed all Part 1 and 2 subjects)

3. Accounting & Finance (AF)

The Diploma in Accounting & Finance – Part 1

  • Book keeping
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Economics for Business
  • Numeracy & Statistics

(The ICM Certificate in Accounting & Finance is awarded on completion of all Part 1 subjects)

The Diploma in Accounting & Finance – Part 2

  • Accounting II
  • Business Law
  • Computer Appreciation & Applications
  • Cost Accounting

(The Diploma in Accounting & Finance will be awarded after completing all the Part 1 and 2 subjects)

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Finance – Part 3

  • Accounting III
  • Auditing & Taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Management Theory & Practice

(The Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Finance will be awarded after completing all Part 1, 2 and 3 subjects)

3. Managing Health & Safety

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Certificate in Managing Health & Safety

  • Essentials of Health & Safety Management
  • Working Practices, Hazards & Controls
  • Working Environment & Occupational Health
  • Accident & Emergency Procedures

(The Certificate in Managing Health and Safety will be awarded after completing all part 1 subjects)

Diploma in Managing Health & Safety

  • Framework for Successful Health & Safety Management
  • Promoting a Positive Health & Safety Culture
  • Principles of Control
  • Effective Leadership of Health & Safety

(The Diploma in Managing Health and Safety will be awarded after completing all part 1 and Part 2 subjects)

4. Introduction to Journalism

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Newspaper Reporting
  • Sub-Editing
  • Freelance & Feature Writing
  • Media Law & Ethics `

Institute of Commercial Management online courses

The Institute of Commercial Management has more than 200 online courses on offer. The courses provide employees with an opportunity to develop their skills in a time and place that is suitable for them.

The online courses cover a wide range of subjects such as management, health and safety, business, food safety, working with children/adults, and healthcare. All of the online courses are accredited by the bodies awarding them and can be accessed from anywhere as long as there is reliable internet connection. The primary advantage of an online course is that it increases flexibility. It is also cost effective and saves time. It helps in reducing the travel costs, need for printed materials, and time spent away from the office. E-learning helps you save money and increase your productivity because you are able to focus more.

Online learning is discreet. It helps people avoid groups especially when something is hard. It will help you tackle a hard task at your own pace, in a place and time that suits you. The interactive tasks will help you improve your understanding of the subject.

Entry requirements

To qualify for an ICM Diploma programme, you are required to have completed secondary education or have an equivalent of the same. These include:

  1. One GCE A-level plus three GCSEs (or equivalents) or 5 GCSEs
  2. A suitable BTEC National Award or a qualification equivalent to one or more of the above

Also, to qualify for the application, your minimum age should be eighteen (18) years). If you are more than 20 years of age and you do not hold any of the above entry qualifications, you can choose to register for a Diploma program provided you have been in full-time employment for at least two years. You should produce a letter from your employer to prove it. Other qualifications are as follows:

  1. To qualify for an ICM Advanced Diploma Programme (NQF Level 6) you need to have completed the ICM Diploma Level of the programme.
  2. To qualify for the ICM Graduate Diploma demands that you first complete ICM Diploma and Advanced Diploma in the same programme.

You can also register for an ICM Post Graduate Diploma if you;

  • Have completed any qualifying ICM Graduate Diploma
  • Own any Level 6 Business or Management Award
  • Have Business Management Degree level qualifications

Mature individuals (above 25 years), who do not have the standard entry requirements will also be considered for the registration if they;

  • Are over the age of 25
  • Have been in employment for 5 or more years. A letter of support this claim will be required from the employer
  • Hold a management or senior supervisory position

Organization of the programmes

  1. Sessions are offered over the weekends
  2. Nationality is considered. Course are offered for people of Ghanaian and foreign nationalities
  3. Levels of courses are diverse. Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are offered
  4. Time limits are given for each course. It takes 4 to 6 months for each course to complete

Fees

Examination entry fees

The examination entry form below shows the examination entry fees:

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Exemption fees

Exemption fees will be charged at the same rate as the examination entry fees, depending on the course you are undertaking.

Administration fees

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Deferral fees

Should you wish to defer any examinations due to unavoidable circumstances, you will be charged £15.00 Pounds Sterling per subject. Therefore, if you are unable to sit for an exam, you should advise ICM in writing, 24 hours before the examination date. Failure to do this will result to the payment of full entry fee. If you are deferring as a result of ill health, you will be required to provide the institution with a copy of medical certificate which should be attached to a completed Examination Entry Form.

Institute of Commercial Management syllabus

Each teaching center at the Institute of Commercial Management is provided with detailed syllabus including a reading list for the subject area. The unit syllabus will define the areas that will be covered for each subject. Your examination questions will be determined by topics and areas detailed for each course unit. Therefore, it is essential that you obtain a copy of all unit syllabuses from the Teaching Center. You can also obtain the information online.

All unit syllabuses are linked to main textbooks, and examiners often base their questions on the contents of core tests. Consequently, the unit syllabuses provide details of ‘alternative texts’ for further reading. It is often advisable for you to refer to the ‘alternative texts’ to improve your skills and increase knowledge concerning a specific subject area.

Institute of Commercial Management ranking

Institute of Commercial Management has been ranked as the best institute in Ghana in terms of the provision of social cohesion and development. The Institute adheres to its corporate and social responsibility policy. The institution believes that making education accessible to many people, strengthens the economic and social well-being of people and their communities. Therefore, an initiative supported by the institution provides services central to education, personal development and welfare of young people.

Admission requirements

You need to have a Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE), General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The general requirements to be admitted into the institution for various programmes are three credit passes in the core subjects including three credit passes in the elective subjects.

Foreigners will be referred to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to determine their equivalences and eligibility before they are allowed into the programme.

How to apply

You will get application forms online. Complete the application form as required and submit it online. Qualified candidates will be contacted through the phone numbers they provided in the application forms. Make sure you give the correct phone number and postal address.

In order to undertake any ICM examination, you will be required to register as a learner member. The learner registration application form can be obtained from the ICM Teaching Center. You need to complete the form and send it to the institute, together with a passport photograph and a learner registration fee.

After receiving your application, the institution will send you a text confirming your learner membership, and it will provide you with your ID number and student ID card. The membership is often valid for one year from the date you registered. If a year ends and you have not completed your studies, you will be required to renew your membership for the subsequent year after paying the relevant fee.

Contact information

There may be a need to reach out to the institution. When this happens, use the following contact details.

The physical location of the institute is at 5th Avenue Road (Comm. 10 & 11 New Road).

The postal address is 2481 Tema, Ghana.

You can also call+233(0)303307080 or +233(0)303910141.

Email on admissions@datalink.edu.gh or info@datalink.edu.gh or masters@datalink.edu.gh or cilt@datalink.edu.gh.

In conclusion, the Institute of Commercial Management is the best place for you if you are determined to meet your personal development and training needs. If you wish to enter the commercial sector, then the Institute of Commercial Management is the best choice especially in Ghana. The institute will support your continued development and workplace flexibility if you are already in employment. In case you are busy at work, you can study online and develop your skills just like other full-time students do. Enroll at the institute and benefit from the promise that you will receive a quality education that will enable you to secure a job or a promotion if you are already working.

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