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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 Council of Higher Education USA Memorandum on Academic Standards and Principles.  GAFM has earned  accreditations from ELCBS, QAHE, IOAS, MACCA, holds SIS Sanction which is IAS Accredited,  and earned many other accreditations over the years such as TUV and ESQ. The GAFM Int'l Board of Standards is an official member of The Academic Council for the United Nations System, UN Civil Society,  and a Member of the Credential Evaluation Association International.

The IBS International Board of Standards of the GAFM has been the Primary Certifying Body supporting US Dept of Education 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.  Under USA Presidential Executive Order 13932—Modernizing and Reforming the Assessment and Hiring of Federal Job Candidates, The GAFM IBS AAPM credentials and qualifications are equivalent to degree or diplomas from top colleges worldwide as per their specific nature and focus on skills relevant to government service and productivity.   President executive order stresses skill over college degree in hiring (  

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 and ISO 17024 Standards.

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.
  • As seen in Barrons, Financial Times, FOX, WSJ, NBC, CBS, ABC, Schwab, Goldman Sachs, Rolling Stone, Yahoo Finance, Investopedia, Daily Mirror, GlassDoor Jobs, Forbes, Indeed Jobs Editorial Team, Hindu Business,, The Week, Morningstar, MSNBC, Investor Daily, El Norte Mexico, China Daily, Arab News, The Tribune, UN, US Government, and The Nigerian Post. 

**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 IBS AAPM holds SiS Certification which is recognized directly by the IAS International Accreditation body and authority in the EU. The IAS International Accreditation Service is recognized by US authorities and in the USA, the IAS is seen on the websites of: US Department of Labor, U.S. GAO Government Accountability Office, EPA, Department of Interior, DOD Department of Defense, Department of Energy, FDA, FEMA, IRS, USAID, Homeland Security, FDA ASCA, IAF,, NIH, various state governments and more.

GAFM - International Board of Standards has the following Sanctions, Licenses, Accreditations and Certifications for Education Assessment and Learning.  

ISO 29993 Certified - IAOS Accreditation
ISO 21001 Certified -  Accreditation -  IAS  Accreditation Backed
ISO 9001 Certified - Sanction -  IAS  Accreditation Backed 

IAOS Accreditation - Providing International Organic and Sustainable Accreditation - IOAS

ISO 29993 Certified - Learning Services Provider

ISO 29993 is a certification that pertains to the quality management of learning services outside formal education. It ensures that organizations providing such services meet specific criteria for effectiveness and efficiency in their educational offerings. The International Accreditation Organization Services (IAOS) accreditation further enhances the credibility and recognition of this certification. It signifies that the organization has been evaluated according to rigorous standards set forth by the IAOS, guaranteeing the quality and reliability of its learning services. This certification is particularly valuable for institutions and organizations offering non-formal education, such as training centers, vocational institutes, and continuing education providers.

ISO 21001 Certified - Accreditation:

ISO 21001 is a standard tailored specifically for educational organizations, focusing on their management systems for educational services. It outlines requirements for educational institutions to establish, implement, maintain, and continually improve their management systems, ensuring they meet the needs and expectations of learners and other stakeholders. The accreditation associated with this certification adds another layer of assurance regarding the organization's adherence to these standards. Accreditation confirms that the educational institution has undergone a comprehensive evaluation process and has demonstrated compliance with the ISO 21001 requirements, reinforcing its commitment to quality education delivery.

ISO 9001 Certified - Sanction:

ISO 9001 is one of the most widely recognized quality management standards globally, applicable to organizations across various industries and sectors. It sets out criteria for a quality management system (QMS), emphasizing the importance of meeting customer requirements, continual improvement, and adherence to statutory and regulatory requirements. The certification indicates that an organization has implemented an effective QMS to consistently provide products and services that meet customer needs. The sanction associated with ISO 9001 certification signifies official approval or authorization, further validating the organization's compliance with quality management principles. This certification is instrumental in enhancing customer confidence, improving operational efficiency, and facilitating access to new markets for the organization.
IAOS Accreditation

IOAS stands for the International Organization for Accreditation Services. It is a non-profit organization that provides accreditation services to certification bodies and conformity assessment bodies operating in the organic agriculture and related sectors. IOAS accreditation is a mark of credibility and competence for certification bodies that certify organic products and processes.

IOAS accreditation involves a thorough assessment of the certification body's competence, impartiality, and compliance with relevant international standards and guidelines, such as ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17021. Certification bodies seeking IOAS accreditation undergo a comprehensive evaluation of their procedures, staff competency, documentation, and management systems to ensure they can effectively certify organic products according to established standards.

Organizations accredited by IOAS demonstrate their commitment to upholding the integrity and credibility of organic certification. IOAS-accredited certification bodies are recognized internationally, providing assurance to stakeholders, including consumers, producers, traders, and regulatory authorities, that certified organic products meet stringent quality and authenticity requirements.

Overall, IOAS accreditation plays a vital role in maintaining trust and transparency within the organic industry by verifying the competence and impartiality of certification bodies involved in certifying organic products.

IAS stands for the International Accreditation Service

It is a non-profit accreditation body that provides accreditation services to various types of organizations, including testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, certification bodies, and other conformity assessment entities.

IAS accreditation involves an assessment process where the accreditation body evaluates the competence, impartiality, and consistency of the organization seeking accreditation. This assessment typically includes an in-depth review of the organization's management system, technical competence, personnel qualifications, equipment and facilities, and adherence to relevant standards, regulations, or guidelines.

Organizations that achieve IAS accreditation demonstrate their ability to consistently perform conformity assessment activities to recognized standards, thereby enhancing their credibility and competence in the eyes of customers, regulators, and other stakeholders. IAS accreditation also facilitates market access by providing assurance that the accredited organization meets internationally accepted criteria for quality and reliability.

IAS accreditation covers a wide range of sectors and industries, including construction materials testing, environmental testing, product certification, management system certification (such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001), and many others. By obtaining IAS accreditation, organizations can distinguish themselves as trusted providers of conformity assessment services, contributing to confidence in the products, services, and systems they assess. 


** 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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