• Approved MBAs

    Leverage your MBA with the added distinction of certification



Have you obtained an MBA? Need to stand out from the crowd? Let us help you by checking your certification eligibility.

The CEO Institute in its role as a global certification body, recognises selected MBAs from Universities and Business Schools throughout the world as approved MBAs, supporting certification eligibility.

Only approved MBAs meet the educational certification requirements needed for awarding The CEO Institute's prestigious certification designations to eligible MBA students and graduates. Look for our Global Certification Seal authorising formal recognition of an Approved MBA.


In keeping with our high standards around the education requirements for certification, approved MBAs include any MBA or equivalent program accredited with an International Accreditation Body or Government.

Certification designations available on completing an approved MBA

  • Full Certified CEO Certification for CEOs or equivalent position with 5+ years’ CEO experience. Full Certification comes with the right to be called a Certified CEO and use the post nominal CCEO.
  • Provisional Certified CEO Certification for Senior Managers with 3+ years’ senior management experience. Provisional Certification comes with the right to use the post nominal CCEO(prov).

    Certification designation available on completing 2 Units of an approved MBA:
  • Full Certified Manager Certification for Middle Managers with 3 years’ management experience. This comes with the right be called a Certified Manager and to use the post nominal CertM.


N.B: Provisional Certification also applies to Chief Executive Officers or equivalent positions with less than five years’ experience.

CEOs are defined as Chief Executives or their equivalent, from medium and large organisations. Senior Managers are defined as any manager from a medium and large organisation, or the Chief Executive or their equivalent from a small organisation.

Middle Managers include Team Leaders and equivalent positions.


Benefits of Certification from an approved MBA


  • Global recognition.
  • A point of difference setting MBA graduates apart.
  • Increased potential for employment opportunities and career development.
  • Professional credential recognising business education, work experience and commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Associate membership of The CEO Institute and the right to use the post nominal AMCEOI (excludes Certified Managers).


Platform fundamentals supporting the Certification designations

  • Commitment to undertake continuous professional development through a subscription to the vast online resources of www.iidmglobal.com.
  • Commitment to act ethically and honestly in accordance with the laws covering business and corporations.
  • Proof of business education achievements appropriate to the certification designation awarded.
  • Proven track record in management and / or leadership capabilities appropriate to the certification designation awarded.
  • Triennial audit of continuous professional development requirements and use of post nominals.

Cost of Certification

The cost of gaining a certification designation through an Approved MBA incurs a one off certification fee. Where The CEO Institute has an arrangement with Universities and Business Schools delivering an approved MBA, preferred pricing is available.

A subscription to the International Institute of Directors and Managers (IIDM) is a requirement under the Rules for Certification for achieving and maintaining certification. This subscription is complimentary for the first 12 months (in certain cases this subscription costs USD1 for the first 12 months), and thereafter the annual subscription fee applies (currently USD99 p.a.).

Approved MBAs recognised by The CEO Institute

  1. Certification fee - fully sponsored by University


    Australian Catholic University EMBA*

    *available to new and current students on completing their EMBA with ACU Executive Education during the term of the Agreement
  2.  Certification fee - preferred pricing available


    Australian Catholic University EMBA*

    *available to all ACU Executive Education EMBA Graduates during the term of the Agreement

    Macquarie Business School MBA and Global MBA

    Queensland University of Technology MBA

  3. Certification fee -  standard pricing applies

Number of certification designations awarded globally


Your next step

Completed or currently studying an MBA? Enquire today to learn which certification designation you are entitled to receive.





CCEO is a registered Certification Trade Mark of The CEO Institute.

The Rules for Certification, approved by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), set out the requirements for the approval of applicants as well as the standards of knowledge, experience and ongoing professional development that must be met in order to obtain the Certified CEO designation and use the post nominal. The ACCC, in approving the Rules for Certification, determined that they were satisfied that The CEO Institute demonstrates the attributes necessary to competently undertake the certification role in respect of the Certification Trade Mark.

Currently, CCEO is a registered Certification Trade Mark in Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil and South Africa.

For information on the Rules for Certification view here.