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Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement

General Management Certificate of Achievement

Enhance & fulfill your general management potential

  • 10 days of learning within a two-year time period
  • Over 20 programmes to choose from
  • Flexible dates

The Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement (GMCA) provides you with an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills across fundamental business concepts and practices, and to focus on your personal career development. 

To achieve the Certificate of Achievement you will need to attend 10 days of learning from our extensive portfolio of programmes, within a two-year time period. This entails attending several short programmes of your choice that are either two or three days long.

There are over 20 programmes to choose from, and you are able to select those that are suited to your individual management development objectives. The GMCA is designed to give you flexibility to choose programmes in topics that meet your personal career objectives in a time frame that does not conflict with your work commitments.

Gaining a new management toolkit

Lt Col Frank Brooks was keen to gain new perspectives on management, whilst meeting his own diverse career goals. That's where the Cambridge General Management Certificate of Achievement came in.

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Watch this short video to hear Wilhelm speak about his experience on the General Management Certificate of Achievement. 


One of the pedagogical aims of the GMCA is to enable participants to develop a broad general management perspective. We ask that you try to select programmes from at least three different topic areas and a minimum of three programmes:

The international participant group was really strong; I met so many interesting people from diverse professional backgrounds. There was a significant amount of shared experiences and business cases which helped us all to learn from each other and develop our individual plans for the future.
Doris Haselsteiner, Managing Director, voestalpine UK
Doris Haselsteiner

Please visit the Open Programmes calendar for an up-to-date list of scheduled open programmes.

If you are unsure which of our programmes are most suited to your needs we can advise you on the best options available to you to assist you with your decision. 

If you would prefer a more intensive programme of learning, we recommend our two-week Cambridge General Management Programme, which provides an understanding of the concepts and fundamental principles in key management disciplines, and how to apply them to improve decision-making within your organisation.

I really enjoyed the overall Cambridge experience - the Certificate of Achievement was very worthwhile and provided an excellent opportunity to refresh my knowledge and to help me think differently. A fantastic and unique development opportunity. Thank you.
Craig Edmondson, Head of Marketing, Premier League
The GMCA enabled me to work towards a goal while having the flexibility to choose subjects tailored to my individual development needs. Cambridge has got the balance right between the theoretical and practical application of the material being taught. The real life examples and case studies brought the material to life and provided me the guidance to implement strategies that have had an immediate impact in my organisation.

In most USA training programmes there'd be participants with a similar background, but at Cambridge everyone had different experiences so it made the teaching and discussion very rich. It was amazing. I'd recommend the programme to anyone and I will definitely be coming back to Cambridge.
Sean Bagan, International Operations Manager, Polaris Industries


You'll learn from outstanding faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School and gain a truly international experience from your global peer group.

  • Acquire a broad understanding of leading-edge business concepts from Cambridge faculty
  • Share a highly interactive learning environment with other participants from across the globe
  • Enhance your career needs through specific courses and build effective leadership skills
  • Gain new insights based on rigorous management best practice and research
  • Benefit from a method of study to meet the demands of your timetable and that best satisfies your learning requirements
  • Achieve a certificate of attendance from each programme taken, as well as the Certificate of Achievement on completion of all five

On completion, you will also be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

The GMCA is a fantastic programme. The great advantage of this flexible learning experience is that every time I had an issue on my mind, I was able to find a programme match via the programme calendar and gained advantage from a world-class faculty a month later. Exchanging ideas and solutions with a global and diverse peer group really gave me some new practical insights. My personal favourite is The Cambridge Negotiations Lab; the theory but also the hands-on negotiations with participants from all stages in life - as one would have in real negotiations- was mutually beneficial. I can highly recommend the "Cambridge Experience"!
Lukas Zimmerman, Provider Technical Facility Management, Swisscom
Lukas Zimmerman

Who should attend

  • Highly motivated business professionals who have reached a level within their organisations where they require more breadth and depth across multiple functional areas
  • Executives who wish to refresh their thinking in specific management principles. 
  • You're ambitious, looking to develop your skills and extend your global network of colleagues to enable you to move to the next step in your career

The flexible structure enables you to study in depth those subjects which are of most relevance to you in terms of your personal development goals and the immediate challenges your organisation is facing. You have the option to choose dates to accommodate your schedule and minimise time out of the office.

We can advise you on which programmes to select and the options available to you.

From badminton to boardroom

Rob Nock of Hacche Retail talks about the positive effect the GMCA has had on him as a leader.

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GMCA alum forges ahead at global steel firm

Doris Haselsteiner was committed to developing her authentic leadership style, which is why she chose the General Management Certificate of Achievement.

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Connecting for change

One woman’s mission to revolutionise public service provision.

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I have experienced some world-class faculty on these executive programmes and am pleased that the learnings have assisted me to retain a first mover advantage over our competition. Knight Frank operates circa 400 global offices and it’s essential we are at the cutting edge of business, offering best in class advice to our clients.
Julian Evans, Head of Healthcare, Hotels & Leisure, Knight Frank
Julian Evans

Dates and fees


Visit our Calendar for dates of scheduled open programmes, including their duration.

The programme choices can be taken in any order, and you have up to two years to complete. We request participants attend a minimum of three programmes.


General Management Certificate of Achievement £9,975 + VAT*

* The certificate fee is £9,975 + VAT. VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £9,975 + 20% = £11,970.

The fee covers 10 days of teaching and includes instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Participants are expected to attend each programme in full, and accommodation is not included. The fee can be paid in full or, to spread the cost, on a programme by programme basis. To discuss payment options, please contact for further details.

If you wish to select programmes that run past the 10 days (i.e. add up to 11 days) as part of the Certificate, then this can be discussed with the open enrolment team and a surcharge will apply.

Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 277KB) (updated 4 September 2019)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 4 September 2019)

I really enjoyed the GMCA and the learning I took away from Cambridge. It is always good to have external stimulus to provoke one's thinking, and the courses always seem relevant and timely given the things going on at work.
Jonathan Carrier, Head of Intelligent Mobility (iMobility), Group Strategy, Jaguar Land Rover

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the Open Programmes team:

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Duration & dates

Visit our Calendar for dates of scheduled open programmes, including their duration.

If you would like to submit your CV for review, our business development team will be able to give you advice on which programmes are the right fit for you as part of the Cambridge General Management Certificate of Achievement.

Submit your CV

Identify the right open programme for you or your organisation.

Explore our programmes

To find out more about our range of open enrolment programmes, download our brochure.

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