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GAFM Global Academy of Finance and Management ®

** Accreditation - Our GAFM ® Certification Board is TUV Accredited and ISO 9001 Certified for Quality and ISO 29990 Certified for Educational Standards.  Approved Sanctioned by the Arab Academy for over 20 Arab Nations. In academic alliance with the ACBSP National Business Accreditation Agency for Certification Standards worldwide.  The GAFM ® Board of Standards is a founding member of the quality assurance standards memorandum of the CHEA International Quality Group.

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FAQS - GAFM ® GlobalAcademy Board of Standards - GAFM ® Certifications and our Graduate Requirements have been Featured and Disclosed in the Investopedia, Forbes, The Wall Street Globe and the FINRA/NASD Reference Guide for Years.   Top Designations in the USA - FORBES YAHOO NEWS 2011


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions - GAFM Accredited Certification Programs Worlwide



How and when was the GAFM ® Board founded?

A: The IBS International Board of Standards and Global Academy was founded in 1995, via a merger between the Academy of Finance and Management & Analysts (AFMA) and the Founders Advisory Committee of the Original Tax and Estate Planning Law Review. The GAFM was originally established as a professional organization for investment managers, lawyers, and analysts. The Law Review was founded to examine strategic wealth and estate planning issues for Law, CPA, and MBA graduates and to award the financial analyst and tax designation. The merger of these two entities provided a cross-discipline association with strong reach and a mature membership platform.

Q2: How is the GAFM Structured?

A: The GAFM is the official Board of Standards and Accredited Certifying Body. The GAFM Board and GAFM Accreditation Commission regulates the certifications, exams, registered educational programs, and standards for certifications along with issuing a membership code of ethics and standards of practice. Board Recognized. The Board and Governance is regulated under US law and Statutes and mandates the highest standards in certification for over a Decade including: Accredited Education, Exams from Accredited Programs, Experience, Continuing Education, and Ethics.  GAFM works directly with several hundred non profit educational institutions globally.  See ACBSP Accredited Program Legal Terms

GAFM localized member organizations operate in most countries as a ‘society’ or non-profit association, with the members of the local or regional chapter making up the ‘owners’ of the local chapter. At all times the GAFM and its members are accountable to the community and to the Board of Standards. The Academy’s legal and operational structure is somewhat dictated by a landmark US Supreme Court case (Ibanez vs. Florida and the Peel Case) and these cases also dictates the use of the GAFM marks as respect it’s members.


Q3: How do I join The GlobalAcademy of Finance and Management ® ?

A: Simply submit your application and resume for review to our GAFM™Global Board of Standards which is composed of Professionals and Executives in 100 countries Worldwide. You will soon learn if you are eligible for advanced standing. GAFM is the first to require graduate credentials for membership.™


Q4: Is The GlobalAcademy recognized worldwide?

A: GAFM is TUV Accredited from Europe. ISO 9001 Certified and ISO 29990 Certified for Training.

 GAFM ® has a legal accord and agreement with the ACBSP and the ACBSP Accreditation Agency.   See Legal Agreement  See ACBSP Press Page 20:

GAFM ® now approves over 800  registered educational programs which are accredited. GAFM®  is the first global organization to recognize superior business schools. GAFM ® has members who are top faculty from the best universities in the World. GAFM ® is listed disclosed on the Investor Education, Dept of Education, United Nations Civil Society, and US Department of Labor Websites while GAFM ®  is the 1st International Financial Org to receive sanction recognition from an agency of the Chinese Government -- the largest population in the world. Further, GAFM ® has co-existence legal trademark agreements with the CFP™ and CFA AIMR™ Board of Standards where GAFM™ has legal rights to various trademarks and IP such as the the MFP™ Master Financial Professional™ Trademark and Licensing around the world while the GAFM respects the IP of the others.


Q5: How do I gain Board Certification, Designation,  and a Charter?

A: Read the GAFM™ requirements page and then apply to our Graduate Board of Standards Review.


Q6: What is GAFMs Mission?

A: Click Here to Read the GAFM Global Mission Statement


Q7:  Can our company offer GAFM Certified Training?

A: GAFM®  accredited or recognizes certification courses worldwide . If you desire in-house corporate training or your institution has an interest in offering GAFM ® Executive Certification Programs through your government recognized training centers, company, or college, please contact us


Q8: How about GAFM Training? and Accredited Law School Program

A: GAFM offers management training  in conjunction with TJSL Law School, BISYS International, BSI Global, Dearborn Kaplan, and The IIPA Worldwide. These are some of the largest financial training companies in the world. BISYS and Dearborn Kaplan have made online courses available for GAFM and the various academies are offering GAFM certification training courses in several countries worldwide.  To take our Accredited Law School Program, go here: 


Q9:  What other recognition does GAFM have?

A: GAFM has been listed or recognized by various governmental and authoritative bodies in specific Investor Education Online Brochures, the US Government Occupational Handbook,  and the US Department of Labor Websites , Through Global Alliances, Through membership in Accreditation Organizations, and through global trademark agreements.  

Our Board of Standards has a trademark agreement with the CFA Institute in relation to Academy certifications.

Our Board of Standards has a similar agreement with the CFP Board.

Q10: How do I gain GAFM Board Certification and a Charter?

A: Read the GAFM™ requirements page and then apply .©.

 Q11. Are the Academy's Certifications and Standards recognized in Major Media and Press:

A. Yes, here is a list of top news organizations and regulatory bodies that have outlined our certification course, training, exam and experience requirements.

  1. Wall Street Journal Itemized our Accredited Education and Exam requirements on this page:
  2. FINRA
  3. United States Department of Labor

The GAFM ® International Board of Standards is the global certifying body and standards council that owns and issues the certifications, charters, masters designations, global intellectual property, copyrights, designations, and marks used internationally . ©


GAFM ® Board Mission Statement

1.Continue as a "World Class Certifying Body"

2.Promote high standards and Quality Assurance as a Global Accreditation Council.

3.Globally Promote Accredited Program Courses and Exams and the Norm.

4.Work with governments and institutions to promote the standards for each Certification, Charter, and Masters Designation.

5.Provide forward looking ethics and codes of conduct that benefits society, industry and the public.

6.Be a positive and constructive voice in finance on the Global Stage.

7.Assist executive assessment and development of financial professionals interested in investments, financial planning, corporate finance, estate planning, asset management, risk management, taxation, and market and financial analysis.

8.Promote and protect the integrity of the GAFM Certification, Charters, Designations, Membership, alliances, articuations, both nationally and internationally.

9.Provide a structure for interaction between members and the professional financial community, business executives, government finance officials, and finance related academic professionals.

10.                Enhance employment opportunities for GAFM Members at all levels via networking, training, and outreach.

11.                To continue to grow internationally with specialized on-site executive training available at select colleges and training centers.

12.                Improve the knowledge and education of the public at large as an investment and financial industry information clearinghouse.


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