By Collins Chibole
In the strive for academic excellence, professional and career prowess, several institutions of learning in Kenya have been out for credible and legitimate examining bodies.
Apart from recognized universities and colleges in Kenya offering independent exams to students, the emergence of many colleges has prompted the need for common and highly reputable examining institutions.
It is in this accord that the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) emerges as the best solution for many colleges and individuals pursuing professional dreams in the commercial and business entity. The Institute is the leading professional body for commercial and business development staff.
ICM is recognized for provision of a wide range of professional qualifications in business, management and related vocational areas. Contrary to many examining bodies, its programmes are designed to address and respond to the training needs as well as the personal development of learners, whether entering or continuing to work within the wide and varied commercial sector.
ICM is at the top in exhibiting best practices in responding to the academic and vocational needs of learners by regular liaison and structured feedback mechanisms. ICM stands out as a factory that rarely produces smoke.
As a global institution, ICM offers a range of services, which includes amongst others design, development and certification of business education and training programmes for the corporate sector, an assurance that their courses are fit for purpose.
ICM works with a range of public and private sector clients including universities, business schools, colleges, training providers and government agencies.
According to the ICM Director in Africa Mr Alloyse Mirindo, ICM strives to implement rigor in the award of credit, inclusive in assessment and examination, accuracy and efficiency in the certification of all their learners undertaking business, management and related vocational and education programmes in Africa.
Mr Mirindo however says that as part of its corporate social responsibility, ICM supports sponsors and promotes a number of projects in Africa, in the UK and overseas, as part of its commitment to promote social cohesion and development.
“We adhere to our Corporate and Social Responsibility Policy. At ICM, we believe that by making education as accessible to as many learners as possible, this strengthens the social and economic well-being of individuals as well as the communities in which they live. To this end, each initiative that we support provides services that are central to the education, welfare and personal development of young people,” said Mr Mirindo.
According to him, career awareness, sports and talent mentorship and appraisal, academic linkages and community empowerment clinics are part of the CSR activities of ICM in Kenya.
In an interview with the County Splash at his Nairobi office, ICM business Development and Delivery Coordinator in Kenya Mr Kevin Kanisio Osundwa, said that the examining body is working with many colleges in the country like the Air Travel & Related Studies Centre (ATRSC), African Institute of Research & Development Studies – Nakuru, Africa College of Aviation and Management, Achievers College of Professionals Ltd in Embu, Aberdare Institute of Business and Catering, Amboseli Institute of Hospitality & Technology Ltd in Thika, Beam International Training Centre in Nairobi,
Bradegate International College in Nyeri, Bridge College in Nairobi, Bush Commercial Institute in Mombasa, Carlile College in Nairobi, Cascade Institute of Hospitality in Thika, Uzuri Institute – Thika, Consolata Institute of Communications and Technology in Nyeri, Continental Institute of Computer and Business Studies in Naivasha, Crownways Institute Ltd of Nairobi, DIMA College Ltd in Nairobi, Dominion Training Institute in Bungoma, Dykaan College in Kiambu, East Africa College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Nairobi, East Africa Institute of Certified Studies in Nairobi and Eldoret Aviation Training Institute in Eldoret are also ICM members.
Other colleges are the Eldoret College of Professional Studies, Eldoret Polytechnic in Eldoret, Eldoret Technical Training Institute, Elgon View College in Eldoret, Elgon View College- Kisii Campus, Excel Institute -Kitale, Experts Business College in Thika, Gakeo College of Business Studies in Thika, German Institute of Professional Studies in Nairobi, Globoville College in Mombasa, Greenwich College in Garissa, Hemland College of Professional & Technical Studies in Thika, Highlands State College in Nairobi, International Centre of Technology in Thika, Intraglobal Training Institute Nairobi, Railways Training Institute (Nairobi), Nashulai Cultural Training Centre, East Africa Insttitute of Professional Counseling, Jodan College of Technology in Thika and Jusnet Business Institute in Malindi.
He said they are also working with Kenafric College of Professional StudiesNairobi, Kenya Coast National Polytechnic in Mombasa, Kenya College of Commerce & Hospitality in Nairobi, Kenya Institute of Development Studies in Nairobi, Kenya Institute of Financial & Applied Management (KIFAM) in Nairobi, Kenya Institute of Professional Studies in Nairobi, Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development-Nairobi, Kenya School of Medical Science & Technology in Thika, Kenyan College in Nairobi, Kericho School of Professional Studies in Kericho, Kiambu Institute of Business Studies in Kiambu, Kirinyaga Business and Technical Institute in Kutus and Kolping Vocational Training Centre in Thika.
Others are Mahanaim Educational Institute in Nairobi, Mombasa Airways Training Institute in Mombasa, Mombasa Aviation Training Institute in Mombasa, Nairobi Aviation College in Nairobi, Nairobi Industrial Institute, Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS)-Nairobi, Nairobi Institute of Business Studies NIBS (Ruiru Campus)-Ruiru, Nairobi Institute of Ecommerce in Kiambu, Nanyuki Institute of Professional Studies Nanyuki, Nishkam Saint Puran Singh Institute in Kericho, Petanns Institute of Business Studies in Kiambu, Premier Professional Institute Limuru Town and Railway Training Institute in Nairobi.
The Regional Centre for Management in Nairobi, Regional Institute of Business Management (RIBS) in Nairobi, Riccatti Business College of East Africa (RBC EA) in Nairobi, Rifkin’s Business College in Mombasa, Rift Valley Institute of Business Studies in Nakuru, Ruiru Institute of Business Studies, Shang Tao Media Arts College in Nairobi, Sigalagala National Polytechnic in Kakamega,Sipet College, Meru, Skyways Aviation Training Institute in Nakuru, Thika College of Banking and Accountancy Thika, Thika Institute of Business Studies in Thika, Tide Institute of Management Studies, Kisumu, Tracom College in Nakuru, Tsavo Institute of Technology in voi, Ukunda Commercial College in Mombasa, Unity College of Professional Studies in Nairobi and YMCA National Training Institute and ZETECH University in Nairobi are also members of the UK based examining body.
Mr Kanisio however called upon all TVET approved collages to be part of the ICM examination body because it bestows upon its students an international recognition and specialization in technical skills such as hospitality, journalism, sports and management.
“ICM yields skilled entrepreneurs and makes the world a global village and gives a fertile ground for global networking and access to international institutions and that’s why the African student should be exposed to ICM examinations”, said Mr Kanisio.
Since its inception in Kenya in the last 28years, ICM has received employer recognition for production of highly skilled and competent personnel. It’s a hub of professionalism.
ICM has staffs located in the UK and internationally. The ICM Business Development and Delivery Coordinators (BDDCs) are local, face-to-face, points of contacts availed to provide locals with guidance on ICM policies and procedures.
The ICM BDDCs also offers customers services to learners, Centres, Governments agencies, ministries and universities where they are also involved in the educational sector and governmental agencies. They are always delighted to attend graduations, exhibitions, open days and assist with conducting ICM examinations.
For more information check ICM website www.icm.education