KPU business programs receive CIM accreditation

Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Starting this year, all students in two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) business programs will graduate one step further ahead in their careers.

KPU’s business management diploma and bachelor of business administration in entrepreneurial leadership have been accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management, making the university one of only three institutions in the province with programs that allow students to complete all of the academic requirements for their CIM (Certified in Management) and P.Mgr. (Professional Manager) designations while in class.

"This new accreditation presents a real win-win for our students," said Ron Shay, chair of the business management department. “KPU students not only graduate with a top-notch business diploma or degree, but they immediately qualify to join the Canadian Institute of Management and can apply for the CIM designation with no additional coursework required."

The Canadian Institute of Management is Canada's senior management association. Their CIM designation is a nationally-recognized benchmark in professional management. The designation carries both an academic and experience requirement, but the normal eight-course academic portion is now waived for KPU graduates of either program.

The experience component of the designation consists of two years of proven experience in Canadian management or administration. However, CIM applicants can now apply for an exemption to the experience requirement by writing a management ability test.  

KPU graduates with a BBA in entrepreneurial leadership who already have five years of proven management experience may apply for the P.Mgr. designation immediately upon graduation.

More information on CIM accreditation is available here. To learn about the programs offered by KPU's School of Business, visit

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at    

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