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 * Certification Greetings from Commissioner Dr./jur. George Mentz, JD MBA CWM

A Message from the CEO & Founder of GAFM ® and The Global Academy's Board of Standards George Mentz

Being the first ISO 21001 and ISO 29993 Certified Graduate Professional Credentialing Society is not anMentz-Lawyer easy  task, but we achived European accreditation and also were awarded ISO 9001 Certification in Europe/Internationally.

Professional credentialing and career development have transformed  around the world. Because we have paid attention to executives globally for over a decade, we are innovating with new methods of metrics, technology, standards, accreditation, & pedagogy and educational styles. Because of our innovations and standards, we can promote greater learning principles and new strategic thinking to professionals much more efficiently than traditional methods.  To position our credentials, we achieved TUV accreditation years ago, and now we have ESQ accreditation in central Europe and CHEQS and ACBSP recognition standards agreements in the USA. This provides us global recognition and protects us from cross border issues.

While some in the business simply offer narrow choices of learning methods, the GAFM ® was established largely by innovators, experts, professors and leaders from the ‘real world’ by integrating top tier certification, assessment, accreditation, professional development criteria, graduate and standards.

Rather than create a single, all encompassing  designation, the GAFM® has taken a research based approach to our charter and certification  structures and created specialist designations for a wide range of careers in the banking, management cosulting, accounting, risk, and finance sector.  Each designation is targeted at a specific skill-set required to perform a role in the finance domain with world-class expertise. 

We do not offer unaccredited certificates or diplomas because universities and online MOOCs sell thousands of types of attendence certificates.  However, as an accredited certification body, we do offer post-nominals,  licenses and designations such as our world famous:  Board Certifications, Charters and Certifications to those who complete courses, certificate programs, diplomas and degrees.  We directly recognize via certification standards agreements with the US Dept of Education Quality Standards and ACBSP top university courses from top programs such as:  University of Texas, Ohio State, Stanford, LSU, Loyola University, Georgetown, Yale, Harvard, William and Mary and any other ACBSP or AACSB accredited business school or ABA accredited law school.

As such, GAFM ® approved certification degree paths, executive programs, and graduate requirements ensure that each professional maintains the highest standard of demonstrated capability in their area of proficiency by taking real courses at accredited universities in the USA or internationally.   Key advancements for Board have been made in the last 10 years. We have expanded our operations globally with new offices in the EU, Middle-East, China, Latin America,  India, West Indies, Africa and throughout Asia.

Our Founding Global Entity, The GAFM ® Board of Standards USA  was originally chartered and is based in the Americas,  and GAFM  ® is still growing rapidly with increased disclosures,  listings or recognition with top educational & certification authorities such as: the US Department of Education, US Dept. of Labor,  Capital Markets Authorities, Ministries of Finance , United Nations Civil Society,  UAE Government, Chinese Governmental, and other international governmental and NGO agencies

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Graduate education and assessment for our  core qualifications are possible through more than 800 of the world’s leading government recognized business schools as a result of our mutual articulation agreements with the ACBSP Accreditation Agency and the recognition of the AACSB.  Member  growth is accelerating with GAFM ®  Members & Fellows  in over 150  countries as of the time of printing.  The GAFM and International Board of Standards is also the 1st certification body in the world to be a charter signatory with the CHEA Council on Higher Education Quality Standards.

Our fastest growing regions are Latin America, China, the Middle-East, South Asia, Africa, and India at this time, with several hundred members joining each month through our providers in California, New York, Cairo, Beijing, Singapore, India,  Hong Kong, UK, Africa, India, Mexico,  and elsewhere.  Corporate players like Reuters, UBS,  HSBC, Kaplan,  Deerborn, BISYS,  The TJSL Law School, Half of the top 10 banks in the world,  ACBSP, AACSB, Chinese Government, and others have been of great assistance in establishing a strong reputation as a key player in the International sector.  The 2003 opening of our Offices in Singapore was  one of the steps we’ve taken to support this exciting demand in the EU, India, Asia, The Middle East region and beyond.

While the GAFM does not offer training directly, we do have major training distribution partners worldwide much like other leading certification bodies.  The difference is that the GAFM® utilizes accredited exams and courses as a path to certification.   The GAFM does accredit training and university programs worldwide that want to become an accredited certification program provider.

With the establishment of our offshore consulting divisions in 1999, forming alliances with National Underwriter, and our expansions throughout Asia, Arabia, Africa and India, the GAFM approved consulting and training companies have been extremely successfully in educating governmental employees, departments, staffs, corporates and NGOs around the world. With our recent consultative work with the United Nations and US Government, our scholarship, research, and charitable outreach continues to grow.

In 2014, the GAFM bacame the FIRST certification body in the world to offer online accredited program exams for certification. Our alliance with Edevate Excelcior allows GAFM to provided exams for Certification through Accredited Program Programs where the exam becomes course credit counting toward an MBA. Enroll Today

I welcome you to learn about our unmatched standards and accredited programs recognized by the GAFM  ® Certifying Board..  With each year, the value of having certification and masters designations grows. However, the best way for our network to expand  is through word of mouth. Make sure you use your designation and mark at every opportunity. Be proud of your certification, it makes you one of the next-generation of global leaders. 

Together we are truly   “Building the world’s future Leaders in Consulting ™”

Sincerely and Kindest Regards,

Commissioner  George Mentz JD, MBA, CWM ®, CPM, CAM, CMA, MFP
GAFM  ® International Board of Standards– Chair, General Counsel & CEO
Doctor of Civil Law/Jurisprudence - International Law - Attorney & Notary Public

* Mentz has been the CEO and member of the Aspen Commission and is also an Education Commissioner (2019-2022 for the US Government)




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