Your Certified Chair™ journey starts here

At the Advisory Board Centre, we take great pride in the integrity of our Certified Chair™ Executive Program and the respect it holds in the market.

This is not a program for the faint-hearted or inexperienced. The Certified Chair™ Executive Program is challenging, intensive, practical, innovative and insightful. This is why we carefully select successful applicants for the program.

Is the Certified Chair Executive Program right for you?

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

  • They can demonstrate their experience as a professional advisor, advisory board member, or as 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

What to expect from the program?

The Learning Intensive

Your journey begins with the Certified Chair™ learning intensive – an instructor led, peer learning experience available in a virtual or traditional classroom setting. This includes:

  • Mastery of the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™ – the world-class standard for best practice in advisory boards and committees
  • Deep dive into the practical applications of advisory structures including startups/scale-ups, project-based advisory boards and corporatised advisory boards
  • Tools and resources for chairs to support “freedom within a framework” evaluation, implementation and facilitation of highly-effective advisory structures
  • Development of your personal portfolio engagement strategy including profiling and positioning
  • Research-backed and evidence-based content, resources & methodologies with practical application across your entire portfolio
  • Rights to use the Certified Chair™ badge usage for LinkedIn, email and other profiles

After the Learning Intensive – Professional Membership

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
  • Ongoing profiling and positioning opportunities through our exclusive thought-leadership and market engagement activities
  • 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

Your Professional Development Investment

$6,490 AUD + GST

This includes:

  • Certified Chair™ Executive Program: $5,500 AUD + GST
  • Membership Investment (Year 1): $990 AUD + GST

GST exemptions may apply to International delivery. Your GST exemption status will be confirmed during your application process. Currency conversion here.

Annual Membership Investment (Renewal): $990 AUD + GST

additional optional module: Certified Chair™ Executive Program for the Aged Care Sector

Advisory Board Centre 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 translates to a dynamic and rich learning experience for all of our members.

Condensed wisdom, actionable best-practice, pragmatic, and customisable frameworks and other ready to use resources makes the Certified Chair™ Executive Program one of the most practical and relevant learning experiences.

Werner Boeing

CEO & Co-Founder | Switzerland

Well, you’ve absolutely ruined my retirement. I say it half-jokingly, but it’s fantastic. Thank you for ruining my retirement.

I seem to be connecting into more and more opportunities where I can exert my passion, my potential.

Rob Sherlock

Chairman | New Zealand

An excellent course and outstanding framework. Thanks so much for presenting such high caliber material and introducing us to like-minded, generous and highly skilled professionals who seek to add value to others.

Anina Findling

Non-Executive Director | Australia

Thank you for the well structured program, excellent cohort and faculty. It’s only the beginning of the journey.

Lot’s of great sharing, insights and wisdom, well packaged! Humbled and excited to be a member of the ABC.

Santosh A. Iyer

Experienced CFO, Finance Business Partner | Singapore

Upcoming Virtual Programs

20-23 Nov 2023
11:30am - 5:00pm
Virtual | Asia-Pacific (AEST)
26-29 Feb 2024
11:30am - 5:00pm
Virtual | Asia-Pacific (AEST)
See all virtual dates

Upcoming In-Person Programs

7-8 Sep 2023
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | Brisbane, AU
24-25 Oct 2023
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | Singapore
30-31 Oct 2023
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | London
6-7 Nov 2023
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | Dubai
16-17 Nov 2023
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | Brisbane, AU
4-5 Dec 2023
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | Melbourne, AU
5-6 Feb 2024
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | Sydney, AU
7-8 Mar 2024
8:30am - 4:30pm
In-Person | Brisbane, AU
See all in-person dates

Are you ready to become a Certified Chair?


How much does it cost to become a Certified Chair™?

The Certified Chair™ Executive Program is AUD$7,139.  This includes the learning-intensive and 12 months of professional membership with us.


  • Total investment includes the Certified Chair Executive Program and your first year of professional membership.
  • Prices as at 5 May 2023.
  • GST exemptions may apply to International delivery. Your GST exemption status will be confirmed during your application process.
  • Amounts will be invoiced in Australian dollars.  To check the current exchange rate against the $7,139 AUD base price, please see a currency conversion here.
How long is the Certified Chair™ Executive Program?

In-person delivery is 2 full days and virtual delivery is spread across 4 half days.

Do I have to be located in a particular country to undertake the Certified Chair™ Executive Program?

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 16 different countries.

After the credential process, how will I secure opportunities to chair advisory boards?

The Certified Chair™ Executive Program covers a 12-month period where we will support you to develop your network, personal profile and portfolio. It is your responsibility to reach out to your network, respond to opportunities and forge your own path ahead.

Organisations actively seeking advisory board chairs and advisors can be supported through our independent Advisor Concierge service where we facilitate connections to our global advisory community.