They vary from members who represent organisations that have $2m revenues per annum (the minimum entry point for The CEO Syndicate program) to members whose organisations have annual revenues of several billions.
Chairs are carefully selected for their capacity to provide wisdom, leadership and inspiration. They are typically successful business people who have an ongoing range of non-executive business interests. By their nature they are excellent facilitators who are able to lead meeting discussions to ensure outcomes are optimised for members.
The agenda is set by the members in conjunction with the Chair. Whilst items can and are placed on the agenda circulated prior to meetings, there is plenty of room for discussion of issues brought to meetings by members on the day.
The CEO Institute does not set a formal curriculum but provides expert resource speakers to address issues or subjects identified as priorities by members. Speakers are carefully selected both for their specialist expertise and for their capacity to add value to the Syndicate program.
No, you must make a commitment to attend a minimum of twelve meetings. The integrity of the program is such that all members make that commitment. In addition, in our view, you cannot fully understand the benefits of membership unless you have been a member for at least twelve months.
Clearly the more you put into the meetings the more you get out of them. However you are only expected to disclose what you are comfortable with. Over time as trust and rapport grows it is likely you will feel comfortable disclosing more about your business and yourself than you did initially.
If you cannot attend a meeting you should let the Chair know as far in advance as possible. The Institute also has an 'alternates' provision whereby you can nominate an alternate to attend in your place when you are absent. This is usually a senior executive from your organisation. It is entirely up to you whether or not you nominate an alternate.
Syndicates stay together for years. There are many Syndicates where a majority of the members have been involved in excess of ten years.
It is recommended that you stay in a Syndicate for at least two years unless, which happens very rarely, there is a clear reason for you to move Syndicates. If you are considering moving Syndicates you are advised to discuss the options with your Chair or, if this is not appropriate, a Membership Director from the Institute.
What is the Future CEO program?
It is a certification program that brings together experienced executives from diverse backgrounds and industries under the guidance of a Chair with professorial qualifications and experience underpinned by an extensive commercial background. Based on a blended learning model providing a mix of facilitated and experiential learning, members of groups (between 12 - 16) address real world challenges and opportunities faced by them, to become better equipped to confront business challenges and manage growth. 15 subject areas make up the Curriculum Framework and 5 core topics from the 15 subject areas are pre-determined each year. Well-respected and knowledgeable guest speakers are invited to present at each meeting. To promote openness and a collective "brains trust", members are required to sign Confidentiality Agreements and are carefully matched for compatible skill levels and activity in non-competing business sectors.
Will it be an appropriate program for me?
If you are a Senior Manager desiring development for the next step in your career, or have been identified for succession, this could be an appropriate program for you. The program equips you with the knowledge, skills and contacts you need to take over the reins.
Do I need to be employed, to join the Future CEO program?
Yes, you need to be employed in a management role to be eligible to join the Future CEO program. The program has a strong focus on experiential learning so you need to be employed in a relevant role, which enables you to contribute to the discussions in a meaningful manner.
Is there homework or an exam at the end of the Future CEO program?
No, there is no exam or test during or after the program. This program uses a very practical process of mentored learning. The only form of assessment/review is the review of the member’s goals annually. This is done individually with the Chair. Those goals would have been identified by the member and discussed with the Chair before the member attends the 1st meeting.
There is no homework either. However, members can expect to provide a formal presentation to their group on a project relevant to their business activities, to help hone their presentation skills and gain the benefit of member feedback.
How do I apply to become a member of the Future CEO program?
Complete and submit a Membership Application Form with Conditions of Membership available from your local office together with the applicable fees.
What certification does this program lead to?
It leads to Provisional Certification as a Certified CEO, and the right to use the post nominal CCEO(prov). The Future CEO program is a recognised Certification Course, under The CEO Institute's Rules for Certification. The Rules for Certification have been approved by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC).
When will I receive certification?
You will be eligible to receive your Provisional Certification after you have:
a. Attended a minimum of 30 half-day meetings (or 15 full day meetings) of the Future CEO program, and
b. Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Senior Manager, and
c. Commit to continuous professional development (CPD)
How do I apply for certification?
After meeting the eligibility requirements listed above, you are automatically assessed for Provisional Certification as a Certified CEO.
If I’m unsure that my experience constitutes “senior management experience” who can I check with?
You should contact The CEO Institute’s Global Manager - Certification on email@example.com
How do I commit to continuous professional development (CPD)?
To maintain your Provisional Certification, you commit to CPD by staying on as a Future CEO member, or registering for financial membership of the International Institute of Directors and Managers (IIDM) and commit to 20 hours of CPD each year.
What is IIDM?
It is a curated, online library of business resources and a fully-owned and managed subsidiary of The CEO Institute. IIDM provides an online library of articles on over 55 key topics, exclusive case studies, interactive learning modules, exclusive video/audio seminars and more. IIDM’s global network of contributors includes academics, industry experts and successful business leaders, who share their expertise in a practical and action-oriented format. IIDM helps equip busy executives with relevant up-to-date business information when they need it.
Is there a membership fee for IIDM?
Future CEO members who have received Certifcation will have a Lifetime Subscription to the IIDM website www.iidmglobal.com.
Will my 20 hours of CPD be audited?
Professional development hours are subject to audit on a triennial basis, using a sample audit model. So, if you are selected, you will be required to produce documentation of the CPD you have undertaken in the preceding 3 years.
What do I receive when I am certified?
a. A certificate together with the Rules for Certification from The CEO Institute, the first global certification body for CEOs,
b. The right to use the post nominal CCEO(prov),
c. An invitation to join the closed LinkedIn group for Certified CEOs globally
Is Certified CEO (provisional) and CCEO recognised worldwide?
CCEO is a registered Certification Trade Mark of The CEO Institute which is recognised in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil and South Africa.
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 to 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.
Why do I have to sign a Confidentiality Agreement before becoming a member?
During meetings there may be disclosure of confidential information which may include problems or opportunities experienced by individuals/organisations, financial information, trade secrets, business contacts and arrangements. In signing the confidentiality agreement, members commit to keeping confidential all information disclosed by other members, allowing for open and honest discussions on a wide range of topics to ensure meetings are meaningful and go beyond the superficial.
What are the Future CEO topics or subjects to be delivered in the program?
Each year, 5 pre-determined core topics are selected from the 15 subject areas that make up the Curriculum Framework. They complement the issues presented, dissected and discussed by members, which are often germane to many environments. Contact your local office to obtain a current list of the 5 pre-determined core topics.
What can I do if a member of my group is from a competitor?
This is unlikely to occur. When member applications are processed, we will already identify that there is a conflict and will allocate members to groups to avoid this. When new members are about to be added to an existing group, the existing members have the right of veto over a proposed new member joining the group on competitive grounds.
What is the veto process?
The right to veto a potential membership applicant is given to all existing members of the selected group to ensure no conflicts of interest occur. When a new member is proposed for a group, the Chair is consulted first to pre-empt any issues which may arise due to business competition or conflict with existing members. Once the Chair agrees (and such agreement should not be unreasonably withheld) to the proposed group allocation, the prospective member is put through the veto process. This process involves the circulation of a brief professional overview of the prospective member and their business to existing group members. If there is a conflict of interest or competitive constraint, the application is denied and the prospective member is allocated to a different group, where they again undergo the veto process until allocation is successful.
How many executives from the same organisation can belong to the same group?
No more than 2.
What is The CEO Institute’s Certified CEO program?
The Certified CEO program is an online leadership program for aspiring and experienced executives. It aims to equip leaders worldwide with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully carry out executive leadership functions.
Who is eligible?
The Certified CEO program is designed for experienced and aspiring business leaders from around the globe. The program is aimed at CEOs, Senior Managers and Middle Managers who are working in Government, Government Enterprises, Private Companies, Listed Companies, Partnerships, Sole Traders, Not-For-Profit Organisations and Charities.
Candidates who do not meet the requirements for certification can still undertake the Certified CEO program to improve employment-related skills for career development, and be assessed for certification at a future date.
How do I enrol?
Enrolment in the Certified CEO program is simple. Go to https://www.unep.edu.au/ceo/ceoi/ . Enrolment can be completed at any time, and as the course is delivered online, there are no set terms or semester dates.
How will I learn?
Candidates in the Certified CEO program complete the program in an online environment. Learning is done at your own pace, in your own time, using your compatible device.
All course content is available online, and delivered through a modern and intuitive Virtual Learning Environment. The Learning Environment is easy to navigate, and is presented in a rich and engaging format.
What if I require support while studying?
Candidates have access to a range of support services. These services are accessible using telephone, video conferencing or email throughout the duration of the course.
How is the Certified CEO program structured?
The Certiﬁed CEO program consists of four modules containing high level business content. Each module is supported by a knowledge based assessable assignment.
An over-arching Capstone Project is required to complete the program. The project is an application based assessable assignment that is completed at the end of the program.
The program can be completed within a 12-month timeframe.
Can I fast track my study?
We recognise that many of you will already have a vast range of personal, professional and academic experience prior to joining the Certified CEO program. To ensure that you can spend as much time learning new and exciting things as possible, we have incorporated a clever ‘fast-track’ feature into the design of the Certified CEO program.
Prior to the commencement of every ‘lesson’ within the program, you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your existing level of understanding. If you obtain 100% through this quick 'fast-track test' then you will be given the option to skip the remainder of the lesson altogether.
How much does the Certified CEO program cost and do you offer payment by module?
What will I get out of the Certified CEO program?
What are the two levels of CEO Certification?
After successfully completing the Certified CEO program and subscribing to the International Institute of Directors & Managers (IIDM), there are two levels of certification available:
Subscription to IIDM is included in the course fee.
What is required for Certified Manager Certification?
Completion of Modules 1 & 3, plus three years' management experience.
What are the criteria for MBA units of credit?
The program contributes up to four units of credit to the University of New England’s MBA program: