Certified Board Member. Get Certified

What does it take to be an effective board member? It's more than just attending meetings and providing oversight. It's about understanding the complexities of governance and making informed decisions that drive business success. That's where the Certified Board Member program comes in. This comprehensive certification program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective board member. With the CBM program, you'll gain the confidence and skills to make a real impact in your role as board member.

Format: Multiple choice
Language: English / French
Passing Score: 70%
Renewal: After 3 years
Duration: 60minutes
Exam mode: online & proctored based
Questions: 50

Learning System

CBM Self-Study Exam Prep

$ 499.99
  • Personalized digital books (Newest edition)
  • Online study tools with quizzes, practice exam, learning activities and resource center (instructor support not included)
  • CBM Exam Content Manual (ECM)
  • Hours of pre-recorded video courses
  • Study tips and exam techniques
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GECB CBM Certification Exams

$ 249.99
  • Your Exam is online and proctored based
  • Use a webcam and a reliable internet connection
  • Take your exam anywhere and anytime
  • Get results immediately
  • Receive your digital badge and share your achievement instantly
  • Use your premium certification right away
  • Access our certification registry anytime for online verification
  • You pay no additional costs for 3 years


CBM Learning System + Exam + 2nd Chance Exam with Membership

$ 649.99
  • CBM Learning System and exam voucher
  • 2nd Chance Exam (restrictions apply)
  • Digital books, online quizzes and test with immediate feedback
  • Online study tools with quizzes, practice exams, learning activities and resource center (instructor support not included
  • CBM Exam Content Manual (ECM)
  • Hours of pre-recorded video courses
  • A digital badge and premium certificate
  • Up to 3 years of certification validity (Renewable)


Certified Board Member (CBM) certification program is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective and competent board member. The program covers a range of topics such as corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning, financial management, and leadership. The CBM program is designed to provide individuals with a comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a board member, as well as the tools and techniques needed to make informed decisions and drive the success of their organization.

The CBM certification program is ideal for individuals who are currently serving or aspire to serve on a board of directors. This program is also relevant for professionals who work closely with board members, such as senior executives, corporate secretaries, legal advisors, and consultants. By obtaining the CBM certification, individuals can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to best practices in corporate governance and enhance their professional credentials as a board member.

Why getting certified

Getting certified as a Certified Board Member (CBM) can help enhance your skills and knowledge in corporate governance and strategic decision-making, which are critical for effective board leadership. A CBM certification demonstrates to current and potential board members, investors, and stakeholders that you possess a deep understanding of board operations, risk management, financial stewardship, and legal compliance. This certification can also open up new career opportunities and increase your earning potential in the field of corporate governance. Furthermore, by undergoing rigorous training and assessment to obtain the CBM certification, you will be better equipped to contribute to the success of the organization and enhance shareholder value.

Eligibility requirements

Here are the eligibility requirements for the Certified Board Member (CBM) certification program:

  1. At least one year of experience serving as a member of a board of directors or similar governing body.
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Completion of a board member training program approved by our certification board.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a current or former board member, CEO, senior executive, CCGE or CBM certified.
  5. Adherence to our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Pre requisite

  • Being a CCGE (Certified Corporate Governance Expert)
  • One year of practical experience serving as a board member or related role is required
  • Completion of an E-Course is not mandatory from GECB portal, but we highly recommend doing the E-Course as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam.

Application and exam

  • Step 1: Determine your eligibility
  • Step 2: Choose your learning option
  • Step 2: Purchase your CBM bundle
  • Step 3: Receive your personalized manual and study it deeply
  • Step 4: Schedule your exam (day and time)
  • Step 5: Get certified in case of successful completion
  • Step 6: Receive your digital badge and premium certificate suitable for framing
  • Step 7: Check your certification status at any time on the GECB website


Each GECB certificate is valid for three (3) years. For your certification to remain active in our registry, you must simply demonstrate minimum Continuing Professional Education (CPEs) or development and pay the required recertification fees (149 USD for 3 years). A new premium digital certificate is then issued by our Global Certification Board.


Section 1 Board Processes and Practices
Section 2 Board Leadership and the Chairman of the Board
Section 3 Board Compensation
Section 4 Executive Compensation
Section 5 Audit Committee
Section 6 Governance Committee
Section 7 Nominating Committee
Section 8 Compensation Committee
Section 9 Risk Management Committee
Section 10 Board Performance and Continuous Improvement
Section 11 General Corporate Issues
Section 12 Legal and Ethical Considerations for the Board

Learning options for any study style


Ideal for self-starters and those with unpredictable schedules. The self-study option means you can learn on your own anytime, day or night — whatever best accommodates your schedule. The Learning System includes both digital books and access to an online, interactive platform. Contact us.



Ideal for individuals who prefer a structured study environment. Instructor-led classes are offered by approved GECB partners worldwide. These traditional classes combine the Learning System with the guidance of a GECB-recognized instructor and provide valuable peer discussion and networking. Contact us.



Ideal for those who want instructor support but can’t attend classes at a set time. Instructor-supported online classes are offered either through pre-recorded video courses or personalized assistance. You may be assigned one instructor for the duration of your program, but there is no required meeting time, so you can complete assignments on your own schedule. Contact us.


Corporate and group

Ideal for small and large groups for self-study or instructor-led classes. We’ll help you organize groups of self-study or instructor-led classes virtually. Whether participants are local to one site or geographically dispersed, structured learning and online group reporting will help track progress and optimize your training investment. Contact us.