GECB - 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, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese | Questions: 50 | Duration: 60 minutes | Passing Score: 70 % | Exam mode: online and proctored based | Renewal: After 3 years

Learning System
499.99 CBM Self-Study Exam Prep
  • 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)
  • Study tips and exam techniques
  • Exam cost, not included
249.99 GECB CBM Certification Exams
  • 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
  • Study materials, not included
649.99 CBM Learning System + Exam + 2nd Chance
  • 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
  • CBM Exam Content Manual (ECM)
  • No additional costs for up 3 years
  • 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:

  • At least one year of experience serving as a member of a board of directors or similar governing body.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Self-study or completion of a board member training program approved by GECB.
  • A letter of recommendation from a current or former board member, CEO, senior executive, CCGE or CBM certified.
  • Adherence to our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Pre requisite

  • Being a CCGE (Certified Corporate Governance Expert) or equivalent certification or education
  • 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 is highly recommended

Application and exam

  • Step 1: Determine your eligibility
  • Step 2: Choose your learning option
  • Step 3: Purchase your CBM bundle
  • Step 4: Prepare for your exam through self-study or take a GECB-approved preparation course
  • Step 5: Schedule your exam. GECB exams take place 4 times a year, every end of term. Additional windows may be requested by GECB-recognized partners.
  • Step 6: Get certified in case of successful completion and receive your digital badge and certificate
  • Step 8: Shareable and globally accessible: Your digital badges and certificates can be accessed and verified anytime, anywhere, on any device with an internet connection. You can easily showcase your achievements to potential employers, customers or colleagues, enhancing your professional reputation and visibility on a global scale.


Each GECB certificate is valid for three (3) years. To renew your designation, you need to provide proof of a minimum continuing professional development (CPD) and renew your membership to the GECB community of certified professionals by paying the required fees (149 USD). Your certification is then extended for three more years and a new premium digital certificate is issued by the GECB Certification Committee. No need to write the exam again.

  • 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

2023 Exam Windows

  • March 25 or 31
  • June 24 or 30
  • September 22 or 30
  • December 22 or 30

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.

Last modified: Thursday, 6 July 2023, 10:42 AM