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GAFM Global Academy of Finance &  Management ® - The Financial Analyst Financial Planner Institute 


Welcome to GAFM Global Academy of Finance and Management ® Standards & Accreditation Council. Our Certification Body regulates the standards for credentialing and the accredited education criteria for qualified business programs that are a path to our prestigious   certifications. The International Board of Standards awards designations and board certification in the finance, accounting, and management consulting areas.

We are the 1st US Certification Body to Achieve ISO 29990, ISO 29993, and ISO21001  Certification for Education Standards. We approve and accredit over 1000 business schools and educational providers in over 100 nations. Further, The IBS/GAFM is a signatory of the CHEA Memorandum on Academic Standards and Principles.

The IBS International Board of Standards of the GAFM has been the Primary Certifying Body supporting CHEA Standards and ACBSP and AACSB Business Schools for over 2 Decades.  For over 20 years, IBS/GAFM has supported CHEA Standards, Exams, Courses and Degrees as a pathway toward professional qualifications. 

With the Qualifying Degrees or Diplomas or Licenses, You can apply directly today for our Qualifications as you may already be qualified with your accredited exams and degrees from accredited schools.

We offer certifications in Finance, Project Management, HR, Risk, Financial Analysis Planning, Management Consulting, Marketing, Leadership, Economics and more.

Because our certifications and designation requirements are based on accredited criteria and earned degrees and exams from the best global degree programs, our standards are unmatched. Thus we confer designations which are based on accredited degree education and accredited program exams.

The GAFM was founded in 1996 by the original founders of the Graduate Leadership Society. The Founders of our Board are CEOs, Executives, Professors, and industry experts from around the globe. We desire to raise education standards and ethics in the business and management industries.

** Accreditation - Our Certification Standards Board is ESQ Accredited and ISO 9001:2008 Certified for Quality and ISO 21001 Certified for Educational Standards. Approved Sanctioned by the Arab Academy for over 20 Arab Nations.

  • The GAFM is a Charter Member of the CHEA Council for Higher Education Accreditation - International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) Memorandum of Affiliation is designed to engage quality assurance and accrediting organizations in a shared effort to affirm and promote fundamental principles for higher education quality.
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**Accreditation Agency Alliance -  ** Accreditation Standards  -  In academic alliance with the ACBSP National Business Accreditation Agency for Certification Standards worldwide.  The GAFM ® Board of Standards is a founding member of the quality assurance standards memorandum of the CHEA International Quality Group.

Our Standards Policy Board awards specialized board certifications, designations, and charters in the fields of: finance, accounting, management, and consulting fields to qualified professionals who have completed internationally recognized or accredited exams & education, government recognized degrees and documented management credentials and experience. See our list of Certifications

Since 1996, the Academy has been promoting accredited graduate standards for certification in business, management, law, and finance. Since our inception with the founding of the Graduate Institute of Leadership in 1996, the Academy has been focused on quality assurance with accredited education, exams, assessment, education, ethics, and continuing education. Further, applicants must also have the necessary experience in practice, research or publications in their respective areas of expertise.

Individuals who desire board certification, may apply to the Academy and petition for membership, certification and fellow status. Apply Now

** GAFM membership and standards council is also registered as a Non Profit as the Association for Finance and Management #20131359135 USA.  This enables our organization to support our membership and other bodies as a non-profit.  The certification body and IP Intellectual Property is not part of any non-profit activity.

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The GAFM International Board of Standards is TUV Accredited and ISO Certified for Quality and ISO 21001 Certified for Training Standards


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Top Certifications and Designations

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The GAFM Board is the 1st Graduate Certification Body to Become Accredited  and Certified for: ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 29990 Training in the World. GAFM ® owns the former AAFM ® Certifications and Programs



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