The Certification Grandfathering is a 2-stage process incorporating an evaluation of the candidate’s education, experience and accomplishments along with a rigorous background check of randomly selected elements of the candidate’s history.

The Certification Point System

Your eligibility to be certified is based on a confidential, closely held point system which is designed to balance:

  • Education
  • Professional certifications and licenses
  • Professional, managerial and executive experience
  • Board directorship and advisory experience
  • Corporate crisis management exposure
  • Other significant leadership roles and/or accomplishments

In order to be certified, a candidate must have a minimum of five years professional experience and 100 CBA points. Points claimed for education must be from a recognized institution of higher learning.

Estimating Your Point Score

Academic Requirements:  Generally, applicants for CBA certification must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  No specific field of study is required but the rigorous business and technical training are preferred.  Advanced graduate and professional studies are highly advantageous.

Professional certifications and licenses with application to specific and relevant functional, technical and industry expertise are highly advantageous. Areas of expertise are law, management consulting, investigations, accounting/auditing, finance, engineering, information technology, human resources, international markets, operations, sales, marketing, crisis communications, manufacturing, purchasing, investment banking, mergers & acquisitions, turn-around, bankruptcy administration, commercial banking, venture capital, money management, etc.

Professional, managerial and executive experience mirroring the above areas of certification and licensing exposure.  CSBI considers a wide spectrum of experience from staff to executive level and from functional, industry, country and governmental.  In addition, general management exposure with profit & loss responsibility is highly favorable.   

Board directorship and advisory experience of any type from corporate, not-for-profit and association as well as governmental supervisory board is highly favorable.

Corporate crisis management exposure(s) including financial, operational, legal, criminal, competitive, technology, health, environmental, regulatory, political, physical disaster, etc. are highly favorable.

Other significant leadership roles and/or accomplishments including business, technical, governmental, etc. are highly favorable.  Specific areas of accomplishment may include start-ups, turn-arounds, reorganizations, new product/service development, humanitarian efforts, political activism, etc. are highly favorable.