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Career in Change Management (CM)


Chris Orellana Fort Bragg, NC

I’m interested in pursuing a career in CM. Is it requirement to be certified in CM to get a job with a company in CM

What are the best ways to get a cert in CM


9 January 2021 5 replies Career Exploration



Brian Turner Naperville, IL

Hey Chris,

Change Management is definitely a great career path. I was a CM/OCM Practitioner at a major consulting firm for a F100 Company so I may be able to give some insight here.

Generally, not many of the the professionals I worked with in this space had certifications. A few had the Prosci Change Management cert, but unless you have someone willing to foot the bill (~4k) it may not be worth it. A more affordable option may be the "Certified Change Management Professional".

In the long run, you may be better off just studying the field and understanding case studies or practical implementations of CM programs.

Hope this helped. Feel free to drop me a note on here or on LinkedIn if you have any follow ups.

18 January 2021 Helpful answer


michael jones Gonzales, LA

When you discuss change management are you considering it as a continuous improvement focus or change management as an implementation process?
Maybe these questions are specific to my industry but we do both. And the latter is often driven by the former but different people can be involved with one of both.
If you like continuous improvement then you need lean and six sigma experience. If you like implementing change more of a focus on project management with elements of policy and procedure and training involved.
Hope these questions help

18 January 2021 Helpful answer


Sharon Parker Roanoke, TX

Chris, thank you for your service! What interests you about Change Management? There are several CM courses, although that is typically not required. What is important is that you have experience in managing change or managing change programs. I would be happy to talk with you since I was in the CM field for 20+ years. Please reach out to me directly at if you would like to set up a time to discuss CM.

Below is a link to MIT's two-day Change Management course which might give you an idea of some of the facets within managing change.

17 January 2021 Helpful answer


John Porell East Hartford, CT

HI Chris,
While I can't speak to all enterprises I don't believe certification is necessary. I personally employ people as change managers for IT that are not certified. I think that the organizational skills required from a Major in the Army align well to the skill set required. Here is a posting I found here at the Travelers that might interest you.
While I don't work in the Talent Acquisition feel free to contact me at

13 January 2021 Helpful answer


Chris Orellana Fort Bragg, NC

Thank you all, I appreciate the advice and the information


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