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Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement

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Enhance and fulfil your general management potential

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

What are the GMCA completion criteria?

  • Attend a minimum of 10 days of learning within a two-year time period. Our on-campus, face-to-face and Live Online programmes count as two or three days of learning, and our online programmes count as two days.
  • Choose from our extensive portfolio of over 30 programmes to accumulate your 10 days of learning.
  • You can blend face-to-face in Cambridge, Live Online or online programmes, giving you flexible learning dates and options.
  • You can even complete the GMCA fully virtually (i.e. combining solely online and Live Online programmes), allowing you to strategically plan your development needs at a pace and from anywhere in the world.
  • You can incorporate a maximum of two fully online programmes.
  • You can transfer previously attended programmes towards the completion of the GMCA.

There are over 30 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 timeframe that does not conflict with your work commitments. Upon completion of the Certificate, you will become an Associate Alumni. We are also pleased to offer various payment options to help you spread the cost of the Certificate.

The GMCA greatly helped me to rethink my role and offered fresh perspectives from research and peers.
Björn Gabriel, Head of Policies & Policies, EIB Brussels
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The GMCA experience has been excellent. The programmes I chose provided me with a wealth of thought leadership, first-hand experience, and extremely valuable research and case studies that I could relate to. I enjoyed all of the courses, but I took the biggest learnings from the Negotiations Lab and the Finance and Accounting programmes, as these provided me with the biggest lightbulb moments that help me improve how I currently do my role at Salesforce. I completed the programmes both online and in person in Cambridge. Being on the Cambridge Judge Business School and Cambridge campus was an amazing experience, but the online experience has been fine-tuned and was just as engaging. I made numerous and amazing connections throughout the programmes. The quality of people I met created many learning experiences and further networking and friendship opportunities.
Micheál McHugh, Major Accounts – Enterprise, Retail, Salesforce
I enjoyed being part of the programmes; the level of discussions was superior, and I gained invaluable professional insights which are impossible to overestimate. I am very proud of my GMCA achievement. Was it worth it? Definitely, I would take the same journey again, it is life-changing.
Konstantyn Stats, Senior Project Director, Caverion

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

So far for me, the General Management Certificate of Achievement gave me the opportunity to get a broader view because I’m working in the HR industry, and there’s a very narrow perspective. But with the opportunity of the General Management Certificate, you have a broader view and also get to know other industries and departments, which is very important for future development.

I think the GMCA programme is a very good programme when you are looking at the executive level so that you have some new insights and kind of a bird’s eye perspective so that you get a little bit out of your day-to-day work. If I think somebody is considering doing the general management certificate, it is a very good opportunity to network because you have a very international community here.

So it was very, very interesting for me. I have done different courses in this certificate. And I have met not any person twice. So every time, new people from different countries– far countries, nearer countries. So it is always very, very interesting. And because of those diverse cultures, we have a very, very good learning experience. So I would just would recommend it to everybody.

My professional objective, along through this journey, have changed that I think you gained the basic skill set to be an executive. You not only get a basic knowledge according to specific topics, you also get insights from other people, how they are dealing with their employees, and so on.

This is a very good information for you, how you can, for yourself, deal with your employees on a better level. For example, one course was on ethical decision-making, how you can implement that in day-to-day life to have a good failure culture into the company, that failures are not covered. So failures are open-minded. And this was very interesting.

The one thing is that you get new insights. You get to know new things about technology changes, so really good knowledge. And on the other hand, you have this big brand of Cambridge. And this combination of those two is a very good boost for your CV and for your recognition when you are searching for another employer, or you are searching for employees. It is well known in the world, and highly recognised.


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

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
  • Blend Cambridge-based face-to-face programmes with one Live Online or online programme to complete the certificate
  • 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 has certainly invoked new approaches and thought patterns in me and have already proven extremely useful in my approach to leading and guiding Paragraf.
Dr Simon Thomas, CEO, Paragraf
There is a world of learning out there and we do it each and every day when we pay attention. However, undertaking the GMCA gives you a period of 10 days over a two-year period to focus purely on developing and becoming better leader. I undertook four courses, and each one in turn either taught me new insights or helped me to understand how practical knowledge learned at the coalface had theory and research supporting my actions. Learning from colleagues around the world from private, public and third sectors just emphasised the need to take time out to become better. When you do this away from work you can truly express yourself, with no fear of failure from real work application, hopefully again on a road to new future successes.
Dr Donald Reece, Programme Associate Director, NHS National Services Scotland
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

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.

Cambridge Judge Business School quickly organised itself to offer live online courses. My live online GMCA journey has been highly effective but also unforgettable. There were many highlights in every single GMCA course I attended but I would summarise my experience in two words: eye-opening; or shall I say eye-reopening. It made me rethink my environment, see things differently, allowed me to think outside of the box and hopefully become a better people manager, a greater leader, a more creative and innovative team member. I met wonderful people from all over the world with whom I stayed in touch and I can only recommend Cambridge Judge Business School and the GMCA.
Vinciane Koenigsfeld, Sr. Director Board Operations, ICANN

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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

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

£10,950 + VAT *

* The certificate fee is £10,950 + VAT. VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £10,950 + 20% = £13,140.

The fee covers 10 days of teaching and includes instruction and materials, and refreshments and lunch are included on the face-to-face progrmmes. Please note that accommodation is not included. In order to receive the Certificate of Attendance participants are expected to attend each programme in full. The fee can be paid in full or, to spread the cost, on a programme by programme basis. To discuss payment options, please contact [email protected] 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. The rate of the additional day of learning is £1,000 + 20% VAT.

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 25 August 2021)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 25 August 2021)

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 programme advisor:

Elizabeth McDonald

Corporate Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765496
Mob: +44 (0)7548 708065

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What is the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement (GMCA)?

  • 10 days of learning to be completed within a two-year time period
  • Over 25 programmes to choose from
  • Flexible dates and programme options (face-to-face in Cambridge, Live Online or Online)
  • Become an Associate Alumni of Cambridge Judge Business School on completion.

Which programmes can I choose as part of the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement?

To earn the GMCA, you must complete a minimum of 10 days of learning – by selecting from and combining our two and three-day face to face Cambridge based programmes – within two years from the date of your first qualifying programme. You can also incorporate one Cambridge Live Online programme and one Online programme. The online programme will be credited as an “in-person” two-day programme for the purpose of meeting the GMCA requirements. Upon successful completion of all 10 days of learning, you will be awarded the Cambridge Judge Business School Cambridge General Management Certificate of Achievement, and are eligible to become an Associate Alumni of Cambridge Judge Business School.

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement completion timeline?

We are offering a 12-month extension to the current 24 months completion deadline for those who started their GMCA in and before 2020. Anyone who is currently in pursuit of the GMCA can choose and attend a maximum of 3 Live Online Programmes. This will be reviewed on 1st August 2020.

Is it possible to select different programmes than the options available? 

No, participants may only choose from the programmes that meet the GMCA criteria. You do not have to choose all your programmes in one go. Please contact [email protected] to discuss any changes you wish to make to your programme choices.

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.

If I completed one or two qualifying programmes in the past at Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education, can these count towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement? 

You may receive credit for up to two qualifying programmes that you have completed successfully in the last 12 months. If you are interested in requesting credit for past qualified programmes, please contact [email protected] to review your programme history and next steps. Please note that the amount of time you will have to complete your remaining programme(s) will depend on the date of the first qualifying programme for which you wish to claim credit. The 10 days of learning must be completed within 24 months (or 36 months if an extension applies).

What are the benefits of completing the Cambridge Judge business School General Management Certificate of Achievement? Do I get Associate Alumni status? 

Upon successful completion of the GMCA you will receive your Certificate and you are eligible to become an Associate Alumni of Cambridge Judge Business School. Note that the GMCA does not grant Cambridge Judge Business School or University of Cambridge Alumni status. 

Associate Alumni benefits include:

  • Membership to our exclusive LinkedIn group where you can continue to engage with peers and with Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education
  • Network benefits associated with over 8,000 alumni in over 100 countries
  • Direct access to Cambridge Judge Business School online network
  • Updates on timely faculty research, thought-provoking articles, and emerging business trends via our online Alumni newsletter.
  • Invitations to worldwide networking events and regular invitations to Cambridge Judge Business School live webinars to hear the latest thinking and proven practices from world-class academic and business experts
  • 20% discount on any future Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education Open Programmes
  • Ability to showcase your successful completion of the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement on your LinkedIn profile. 

How do I register? What are the admissions requirements?

We encourage you to contact and talk to us – let us help you build your personalised learning development plan. We will guide you on the best programme options to match your learning needs, interests and schedule. Contact us via [email protected]

You can also register directly online.

Whilst there is no official application process, our GMCA participants typically are mid to senior executives with a minimum of five+ years’ work experience.

What is the cost of the Cambridge General Management Certificate of Achievement?

The GMCA fee is £10,950 + VAT. Fees can be paid in full or to spread costs, on a programme by programme basis. If you want to discuss payment options please contact us at [email protected].

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