FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Our courses are unique in that they are led by highly experienced practicing management consultants with full professional consulting certifications. Our tutors bring up to date consulting practice into the classroom based on their current work with clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Here is a list of FAQs (click the relevant item to jump to its section and click the back browser button to return).
- Course Dates and Prices
- Face-to-Face and Online Course Options
- Consulting Qualifications
- Value Management Courses and Qualifications
Please read the information below. If you need further clarification or have any further questions please call or email us via the contact details above.
Q: Where can I find details of course dates and prices?
A: See the right hand panel of this page for course dates. You can also click the course title to download a pdf brochure.
Click on the booking form tab above and choose the relevant link for course pricing. Just add up your preferred options for a total price.
Q: What are your public face-to-face courses like?
A: Our face-to-face courses are all 3 days long and normally held at the prestigious Institute of Directors in Central London (just off Trafalgar Square – see image at top right of screen). We typically have around a dozen (can vary) participants from all walks of professional life. Our tutors are highly experienced practicing professional management consultants who share current best practice with participants. Consulting is a highly diverse professional activity and our objective is always to help each participant leverage their skills, experience and innate talent to operate at the top of their game.
Q: What are your online courses like?
A: Our online courses are carefully customised around your career aspirations, skillset and availability. They involve personalised webinars with Mark Law (see left column) and consist of a mixture of online modules and carefully tailored webinars. Most participants are busy people and take one online module a week and the whole programme typically takes two to three months to complete.
Q: Should I attend the face-to-face or online course?
A: We always recommend, where possible, for people to attend our face-to-face courses which we hold in March, June and November. Consulting is a highly practical professional activity and participants really benefit from the live case studies and interacting with other participants. Social learning is a great deal of fun and means that we can cover the required material extremely efficiently. There’s also the opportunity to pick up the essential tacit skills which are so important in the consulting profession. Our online courses are mainly taken by people who just can’t get to the UK or make the available dates. Our online students come from all over the world including New Zealand, Australia, China, Malaysia, India, throughout the Middle East as well as busy UK and European based executives.
Q: Do I need to do any reading or preparation before the course?
A: No. There are many dozens of books on management consulting and if anything they are confusing rather than enlightening. For example there are many hundreds of different analytical models that can be used on consulting engagements which are way too many to be of practical use. Our courses are fully self-contained and we recommend specific relevant reading during the course.
Q: Which professional bodies are your courses approved by?
A: We are approved by the Chartered Management Institute (which runs the Institute of Consulting) and the Institute of Value Management. Our tutors are fully certified management consultants and value management practitioners and trainers. Visit our Lead Tutor’s profile on LinkedIn to view professional certifications and student recommendations and testimonials.
Q: I’ve done an MBA – do I need to do these courses?
A: Absolutely yes! About a third of our participants have MBAs and they tell us that our frameworks are a great way to integrate the learning that is normally covered separately by different academic departments at business schools. Also MBA programmes are not normally optimised for the management consulting profession and miss many key elements that are needed to succeed in this competitive industry. By the way, we often have ex McKinsey, BCG and Bain consultants on our courses who really value the opportunity to learn how to operate outside the pampered environment of these big firms where they are well supported by researchers / analysts and their work is fed to them by the firm’s marketing department and senior partners.
Q: Please explain the various consulting qualifications available and the required courses to secure them?
A: Click the following link: for a full explanation of which courses to attend to achieve each qualification.
Q: Which consulting qualification should I do, Level 5 or 7?
A: We recommend most of our students to do Level 7 qualifications. This is because in practice there’s not that much difference between Levels 5 & 7 despite the content being notionally aimed at undergraduate (Level 5) and masters degree (Level 7).
NB The big problem with doing Level 5 is that you cannot easily upgrade it to a Level 7 qualification later on without starting from scratch.
Q: Can I upgrade a Level 5 or 7 Award or Certificate to Diploma?
A: Yes. However only within the relevant Level. Please note that it is not possible to easily upgrade from Level 5 to Level 7 without starting from scratch.
Q: How do I work towards the Level 5 or 7 consulting qualifications in practice?
A: You complete the required courses, face-to-face or online. We then email you the relevant Level 5 or 7 assignments with full supporting documentation. You complete these in your own time supported by your tutor.
Q: Are there any exams?
A: No. All assessments are completed in your own time with the support from our tutor. Candidates need to complete their assignments within 36 months of finishing the relevant courses.
Q: How much work is required to complete the consulting qualifications?
A: The institute is looking for a minimum of 2,500 words per Unit.
- For the Level 5 & 7 Award candidates need to complete 1 Unit.
- For the Level 5 & 7 Certificate candidates need to complete 2 Units.
- For the Level 5 & 7 Diploma candidates need to complete 6 or 7 Units respectively.
Although we’ve had several students complete the Level 7 Diploma within 3 weeks of finishing the course this is rather unusual. It typically takes 3-4 months for people to complete the Diploma assignments.
Q: What is value management / value engineering?
A: Visit the following link for a full explanation.
Q: What is the difference between the terms value management, value engineering, value analysis and value methodology?
A: For practical purposes these terms are synonymous. They all feature the same elements of structured team based creative problem solving. When Lawrence Miles invented the practice at General Electric back in the 1940s he called it Value Analysis. In the 1950s the US Navy didn’t have a budget for analysis but had a significant budget for engineering. Therefore Admiral W.D. Leggett renamed it Value Engineering. During the 1990s the practice spread to all parts of management which lead to the term Value Management which is used in the European Standard BS EN 12973:2000. In the USA the practice has in recent years been referred to as Value Engineering but they are now shifting to the term Value Methodology. Some organisations refer to its use in programmes as Value Management and in detailed design as Value Engineering.
Q: What are the differences between the three Value Management / Value Engineering courses?
A: Please click this link to download the full course programme.
Q: How do value management / value engineering qualifications work?
A: These qualifications are overseen by the professional body ‘Value For Europe’. Visit their website for a full explanation.
Q: Can I secure the PVM (Professional in Value Management) qualification via an online route?
A: No. The Institute of Value Management, under Value For Europe, requires face-to-face training for all certified value practitioners. This is because it is a highly practical subject. There are parallels with the medical profession. As a patient would you be happy if your dentist had secured his or her professional qualifications online?