Global GInI Certifications (GInI®)

GInI’s Professional Certification Program involves six unique certifications, each based on a corresponding professional examination. View the descriptions below to determine which of these best matches your education, experience, and professional needs.

The GInI Applied Innovation Master Book (AInMB®) is a comprehensive reference book written for working business professionals seeking to understand the diverse array of concepts associated with business innovation.

Certified Innovation Professional (CInP)®

GInI Certified Innovation Professional (CInP)® is GInI’s recognition of working professionals who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of key topics relating to business innovation and innovation management. CInP certification affirms an individual’s proficiency at key and foundational innovation methods and tools. This includes research and insights mining, brainstorming and the GInI Breakthrough Innovation Method, Design Thinking, innovation project structuring, the GInI Innovation Management System, the different roles of the Innovation Manager, leading and building innovation teams, engagement & intrapreneuring, open innovation, innovation storytelling, and idea selection.

Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP)®

GInI Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP)® is GInI’s recognition of innovation professionals who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of the key topics relating to Human-Centered Design, Design Thinking, the Design Thinking process, and Design Methods. CDTP certification affirms an individual’s proficiency at this most crucial of innovation methods. This includes the Human-Centered Design (HCD) philosophy, Design Thinking overall, the Design Thinking process, Points of View, Design Principles, Design Methods for Observation, Design Methods for Inquiry, Design Methods for Experimenting, Design Methods for Study, and the critical role of Prototyping.

Certified Innovation Strategist (CInS)®

GInI Certified Innovation Strategist (CInS)® is GInI’s recognition of business leaders who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of key topics relating to innovation strategy, business model innovation, customer experience innovation, and opportunity promotion. CInS certification affirms an individual’s proficiency at select advanced innovation methods and tools. This includes the GInI Innovation Strategy Cycle, the GInI Strategic Innovation Compass, the GInI Strategic Innovation Roadmap, strategic innovation portfolios, the GInI Business Model Innovation Framework and Business Model Canvas, the GInI Customer Experience Journey Map, and the GInI Winning Business Plan and Pitch Deck.

Certified Chief Innovation Officer (CCInO)®

GInI Certified Chief Innovation Officer (CCInO)® is GInI’s recognition of senior business leaders who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of key topics relating to enterprise innovation, innovation strategy, innovation groups, innovation spaces, management and workplace innovation, and other leading innovation practices. CCInO certification affirms an individual’s proficiency at executive-level innovation practices and methods. This includes the GInI Enterprise Innovation Architecture, the GInI Strategic Innovation Compass, the GInI Strategic Innovation Roadmap, strategic innovation portfolios, management and workplace innovation, the GInI Experiential Human Innovation Framework.

GInI Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)®

GInI Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)® is GInI’s recognition of individuals who have met GInI’s standard for being capable of conducting innovation maturity assessments on behalf of organizations seeking to secure certification as a GInI Certified Innovative Organization (CInOrg)®. AInAs are also authorized by GInI to conduct accreditation assessments for Innovation Labs, Business Incubators, and Accelerator Programs, as well as to submit Innovation Endorsement Applications on behalf of businesses. GInI AInAs are the only individuals authorized by GInI to conduct GInI Innovation Maturity Assessments. Organizations seeking to obtain GInI CInOrg certification must have this assessment conducted and submitted by an independent third-party GInI AInA.

Certified Innovation Associate® (CInA®)

The GInI Certified Innovation Associate® (CInA®) is GInI’s special recognition of university students – generally those nearing their graduation date – who have demonstrated a clear understanding of certain fundamental topics pertaining to business innovation and to serving as a contributing innovator inside the business environment. CInA® certification affirms the student’s understanding of key, foundational innovation concepts and practices, including: how to be an effective innovator, conducting research to uncover new insights, brainstorming & the GInI Breakthrough Innovation Method, Design Thinking, executing innovation projects, developing business plans & pitching new concepts, launching & scaling new business ventures, and new venture funding mechanisms.

Global Institute of Innovation (GInI)

GInI is the world’s leading professional certification, accreditation, and membership association in the field of innovation. GInI aims to advance individual careers and transform organizational achievements by advancing the profession of innovation leadership. It does this through its globally recognized standards, tools, publications, resources, professional development courses, certifications, applied research, and networking opportunities. All certificates and accreditations available through GInI reflect the most current methods, trends, and strategies in innovation leadership.

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

The ESI and GInI® courses are designed for all levels of adult learners who have at least three years of working experience in professional human resources positions. English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required in all courses at our ESI Institute. Learners can contact the ESI admissions team for assistance if they have any problems with language but still want to take the courses.

In general, learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive a certification from the ESI and MindEdge under the accreditation of IACET CEUs. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

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