Certified Chair™ Program Overview

Our Certified Chair™ Executive Program is unlike any other professional development program. Learn how to leverage your wisdom and experience, combine this with a healthy dose of curiosity about the future, and deliver your value in an entirely new way.

This program will equip you with the resources and methods to create maximum value in your engagements by enabling critical thinking, curiosity, robust discussion and practical analysis of strategic intent to support the “why” (or “why not?”) for an organisation. The program is suited for those who value currency of thinking, are active in their networks and are committed to making a personal impact.


Program Modules

Module 1

Advisory Boards and Committees

  • Introduction to the ABF 101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™.
  • Technical parameters for advisory boards and committees.
  • Explore best practice guides, scenario planning, and role clarity in practice.
Module 2

Advisory Boards for the Business Sector

  • Evaluating organisational priorities and advisory structures through proven methods and diagnostics.
  • Deep dive case studies, including advisory board implementation and facilitation skills.
Module 3

Corporatised Advisory Boards

  • Deepen your understanding of the role of the chair to support organisations at different cycles and growth pathways.
  • Effective strategies for advisor scoping, selection, board engagement and ethics in practice.
Module 4

Market Profiling and Positioning

  • Gain clarity on your personal positioning and individual portfolio development and management.
  • Evaluate transition pathways to establish a sustainable portfolio of the work where you are truly impactful.
Module 5 (Optional) | Aged Care

Advisory Board Education for the Aged Care Sector

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Designed by experts for experts


Several Programs per month


4-half days (online) | 2 full days (in-person)


  • Online | all timezones
  • In-person | Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Singapore, Dubai


  • Total investment includes the Certified Chair Executive Program and your first year of professional membership.
  • Select your course dates and preferred currency here.


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Is this program right for you?

Applicants for the Certified Chair™ Executive Program are selected based on a range of criteria:

  • They can demonstrate their experience as a professional advisor, advisory board member, or a non-executive director
  • They have significant experience in the most senior of business roles
  • They thrive on sharing their knowledge
  • They value their personal positioning and the calibre of their professional network
  • They are seeking structured frameworks and professional tools to use when chairing advisory boards
  • They are open to new thought approaches
  • They welcome opportunities to collaborate with peers regionally and internationally
  • They have a stable source of income and are looking for ways to future-proof their careers

Our Faculty

We pride ourselves on curating learning experiences that engage and prepare participants to wrestle with global challenges and opportunities. All of our executive programs are facilitated by seasoned advisory professionals that have meaningful international context.

Our faculty boasts a wealth of real-world experience. All of our facilitators are actively participating in the advisory space, ensuring their currency.

They are not just accomplished advisory professionals, governance directors, executives or entrepreneurs, but expert facilitators. We curate rigorous training and development programs to ensure that their experience and professional context translate to a dynamic and rich learning experience for all of our members.

Why the Advisory Board Centre?

Why learn with us?
  • Research-backed and evidence-based content, resources and methodologies with practical application across your entire portfolio.
  • Only executive education program globally developed specifically for the advisory sector allowing you to obtain Certified Chair™ recognition.
  • Innovative and engaging learning that helps you immediately improve in current and future roles.
  • Quality investment in professional development that helps you leverage your skills and experience to build a value-driven portfolio career.
Program Investment

Please select Your preferred Program Date and Currency here

This includes:

  • Certified Chair™ Executive Program
  • Membership Investment (Year 1)
What happens after the program?

After completing the Certified Chair™ learning-intensive, you will continue to be supported within your annual professional membership with:

  • A personalised portfolio review session to help you craft your unique value proposition, supported by a board CV that demonstrates your impact
  • An active global network of highly curated peers who are deeply engaged and committed to the advancement and adoption of advisory boards
  • Access to exclusive, cutting-edge market intelligence through the Advisory Board Centre Global Research Council
  • Over 40 hours of continuing professional development including opportunities for peer mentoring and learning
  • Exclusive invitations to global Advisory Board Centre social media groups and online forum discussions
  • Exclusive access to offers and opportunities before the wider market
Are corporate programs available?

Yes, we offer this program to organisations looking to invest in learning and development for their board members or senior leadership. It can either be delivered in-person or virtually, anywhere in the world.

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What a great week! Many thanks to the Advisory Board Centre Faculty and Advisors for such an engaging high-impact program. Such a pleasure working with and learning from an amazing group of peers. Special thanks too to the team behind the scenes that made the program an excellent virtual experience!

Anouk De Blieck (Italy)

Board Advisor & Non-Executive Director

It’s one of the best 2-day investments that I have made in my development journey.

Sanjay Verma (Singapore)

Regional General Manager | Advisory Board Member

The Certified Chair Executive programme is the gateway to a whole new dimension of your professional career as a director, board advisor or executive leader. The structure and execution of the programme mirrors all the exceptional qualities of the Advisory Board Centre that endure well beyond the two days of immersion in frameworks and intensive collaborative peer –to- peer learning experiences.

Catherine Reynolds (Australia)

Managing Director | Advisory Board Chair | Board Advisor

Let the journey begin! Great study group and amazing trainers! I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the crowd from the Advisory Board Centre, and see how we can all help more founders succeed with their companies!

Gregory Prudhommeaux (China)

Board Advisor & Founder

It was a privilege to do the program with such a diverse and high-calibre group. The Advisory Board Centre’s presentation and speakers were exemplary. The framework and processes have enormous potential for beneficial impact at many levels. The diversity of skills and experience in the growing cohort of Certified Chairs™ deeply inspires.

Ed Skinner (Australia)

Board Advisor, Executive & Transformative Leader


How is the program different to other governance and director courses?

The Certified Chair™ Executive Program is a unique qualification designed to support the evaluation, implementation and chairing of advisory boards, executive committees, councils, panels or board-level meetings.

It is the only credential globally based on the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™. Many successful Certified Chairs™ have also undertaken specific professional development on corporate or not-for-profit governance responsibilities and regulations to support their professional portfolio of work.

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Do I need to be in a particular location/country?

No, you can access the Certified Chair™ Executive Program from anywhere in the world with our fully facilitated virtual program. The certification is globally recognised and the course material is relevant to senior leaders across the world. Our community currently spans 20 different countries.

Does this program count for CPD credits?

The Certified Chair™ Executive Program is applicable to 22 hours of executive education. This program may count towards Continuing Professional Development or Education (CPD/CPE) requirements for members of professional associations. Please please check with your professional body for the allocation of CPD for this program, and note that the recording of CPD is at your own discretion.

Please Note: Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the Advisory Board Centre accepts no responsibility for the claiming or validation of hours or points.