CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing - Certificate (short course)

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Why study this course?

The Certificate in Professional Marketing is ideal for aspiring junior marketers currently working in marketing support roles, or those with roles that encompass elements of marketing. This qualification builds knowledge and understanding of marketing, practical skills, plus know-how to devise and execute tactical marketing activities. 

This is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) professional marketing qualification. CIM are key influencers when it comes to industry training, accreditation and marketing standards. 

More about this course

This Certificate in Professional Marketing teaches a series of core marketing modules that are relevant to marketers looking to build on their marketing competency. People that would benefit from this course include: marketing officers, marketing assistants, junior marketers, marketing communications assistants and junior communications professionals.

This course will:

  • develop your technical marketing competencies
  • build practical marketing techniques for use day-to-day
  • give you the knowledge and skills to succeed and progress within a career in marketing
  • keep you up to date with current and developing marketing trends
  • give you the opportunity to network with like-minded marketing professionals 

Delivered by experienced marketing professionals, you’ll gain academic understanding and practical advice from experts working in the field.

Each module is taught over a period of 10 weeks on one evening per week between 6pm and 9pm, which also includes a series of webinars. Please be aware that we will be delivering a revised CIM syllabus from September 2020. 


The CIM assesses each Level 4 module either by examination or assignment at an organisation of your choice. There are three assessment periods each year in December, April and June/July.

Assessments are only available in English.

In order to gain the Certificate in Professional Marketing, you must achieve passes at the appropriate level for all modules.

There are some exemptions, which are available for individuals who have passed a relevant subject in an equivalent qualification. Please note, this must be at the same or a higher level and evidence of sufficient content match will be required.

Applications for exemptions are made on an individual basis, with further guidance available on the CIM website. The CIM will automatically arrange exemptions from previous CIM awards, where relevant, for individuals who are part way through the Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing. Please contact CIM directly to investigate this option.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You’ll need one or more of the following to gain entry on to this course:

  • a CIM Foundation Certificate in Marketing or any relevant Level 3 qualification
  • any UK degree or international equivalent such as International Baccalaureate (equivalent to NQF Level 3 or above)
  • professional practice such as one year in a marketing role

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following English Language qualifications in the last two years:

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (each component pass mark must be 6.0 or above)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English at a grade B or above

CIM will consider other equivalent alternatives.

Course structure

In order to achieve the Certificate in Professional Marketing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete two mandatory modules and one elective module.

Alternatively you can study for one module at a time to qualify for an accredited CIM award and build up to a full qualification when it’s best for you.

We are currently undergoing a syllabus change, which means the modules we offer are changing. These will be published to our website once they have been finalised, but please get in touch if you would like more information in the meantime. 

What our students say

Jennifer Seeley, Southwark Council

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my learning at London Met. The tutors were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and all were keen to ensure that students were well prepared for their exams.”

Where this course can take you

On successful completion of the course, you’ll gain a Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing. You may want to progress further with your CIM studies by undertaking the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing

How to apply

To find out more about tuition fees, assessment fees, study modes and how to apply, please contact the Professional Courses team at

When to apply

The course runs a number of times throughout the year. Please contact for more information.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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