GAFM ® Global Academy of Finance & Management ® - The GAFM Global Certifying Body Buys Rights to American Academy of Financial Management ® Certifications.

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Global Certifying Body, The GAFM Global Academy of Finance & Management ® and the IBS International Board of Standards now owns former certifications and professional development programs of The AAFM American Academy of Financial Management ® while also purchasing rights to AAPM Project Management Certification Programs. The GAFM ® now becomes the global certification leader in key areas including: Management Consultant Certification - Financial Planner Certification - Risk Management Certification - Economics Certification - and Master Certified Project Manager Certification.


"The Global Board of Standards has been the Pioneer in Certification Programs working directly with accredited business schools and law schools worldwide."

The GAFM Global Academy of Finance & Management ® and the IBS International Board of Standards now owns former certification programs of The AAFM ®

The global certification programs and intellectual property of the American Academy of Financial Management and International Academy have now been absorbed and purchased by the IBS, LLC and the GAFM Global Academy of Finance & Management ® [

As of July 1st, the various AAFM websites, such as , will now be controlled by the GAFM Global Academy. With 100% of our charter holders, members, affiliates, and candidates living and working internationally in over 150 nations, the Certifying Body of the Board of Standards has made the decision to take the society and certifications truly global. All former certified members of the AAFM and IAFM e.g. are now considered new members of the GAFM ® GLOBAL ADADEMY.

GAFM leaders stated that the US Academy brand name will still be used by select alliances such as Accreditation Agencies or the (former AAFM Law School Certification programs) which have been conducting accredited law school courses toward certification for over a decade. See:

Also, the ACBSP National Business School Accreditation agency continues to recognize the MFP certification where MFP eligibility is awarded to those who complete the required ACBSP courses and exams from an accredited institution. The GAFM® and (former AAFM®) are most famous for being the leaders in accredited program exams and education worldwide. In 2010 Jason Zweig of the Wall Street Journal published and article evidencing the double accredited business school standards and policies of the American Academy. To this day, The Wall Street Journal has published the ACBSP and AACSB business school standards used by the Global Academy and American Academy for the last 4 years.

The GAFM Board of Standards maintain its' memberships and alliances with: CHEA Quality Group, AACSB, ACBSP, ICE, NOCA, AABFS Arab Academy, and ANSI. The GAFM ® (and former AAFM®) certifications are recognized by the India government’s SIBE, the Union of Arab Securities Regulators, The Arab League’s Arab Academy, The Supreme Court of Colorado, and agencies of the Government of China. Several of the largest banks and Securities Regulators in the world utilize the GAFM’s Chartered Wealth Manger ® program, including: SCA Securities and Commodities Authority UAE, Top Chinese and Arabian Banks and many more. Furthermore, The International Academy of Financial Management ® brand created by AAFM USA leaders in 2004 will also be absorbed by the GAFM®.

GAFM certifications maintain the highest accreditation standards in the world. The Board of Standards and governance body is delighted to publicize these exciting changes. Further, all of the former AAFM training centers in Asia, Africa, India and Europe will continue to offer the GAFM certifications and (former AAFM certification) courses and assessment.

The GAFM ® Global Academy’s assets of intellectual property has grown dramatically due to the purchase of the former AAFM designations where rights to various programs are allocated internationally. The legal team of the academy has engineered international legal settlements to augment global rights to all of its key certification programs. The GAFm programs have been promoted by major organizations globally such as ACBSP, Top Conferencing Companies, UAE government, top China Banks, and major universities worldwide.

Even the he Financial Planner Board and the Financial Analyst Institute have legally observed various designations and rights in trademark agreements now owned by GAFM. The general counsel of the board, George Mentz JD MBA, stated that, "These types of agreements are win-win, and we are genuinely happy with our results and mutual cooperation of all attorneys such as the CFA Institute’s Sharon Glover to protect the Academy’s intellectual property that that has been developed over the last 15 years." The globally referenced designations of: CWM, MFP, CTEP, RFS, CMA, CAM, CPM, ChE, and FAD will continue to utilize the accredited business school standards as dictated in the Wall Street Journal and FINRA education & training guides. The global leader of the GAFM® and AAFM ®, Prof. Dr. Robert Santillan along with general counsel Mentz stated that high standards is good for all parties.

The GAFM ® is also a pioneer in accredited college based global exams: The GAFM ® now has exams that are offered for each key certification. The exams are offered by or directly from EDEVATE and Excelsior College of New York. See:

This is the first time a certification body, The GAFM, has worked directly with an accredited business degree program to provide assessment and exams where New York State Recognized Exams will lead to certification eligibility. If you pass the challenge exam, you may also receive credit toward a New York recognized business degree or MBA program accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The GAFM certification exam program can allow exam takers to earn college credit on a transcript.

Moreover, GAFM is using a catalog of curriculums to launch new executive certification programs in Asia, Africa, India and Europe. Recently, the GAFM International Board of Standards has formed academic chapter alliances with The National Research University of The Russian Federation, The George Washington University PM Masters Program USA, Association of Engineers in Italy, The University of California PM Diploma Program, The Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Services, Macau Polytechnic University, Institute for Professional Excellence, The ITESM Monterrey Institute of Technology, Queens College University of New York, The International Islamic University, Abu Dhabi University Marketing Institute of Singapore, and the Universidad Internacional de México, University of California Silicon Valley, The HLTI High Level Training Institute, and the The University of Hong Kong. These chapters support the Global Academy of Finance and Management and the Global Academy of Project Management. The Global Academy's ability to produce top Professional Development programs internationally for over a decade has been well received. See Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Programs

The GAFM has also purchased rights to various other certifications including The ACCE Academy of Chartered Certified Economists – The Academy of Certified Political Analysts - The Certified Life Coach Federation – The National Academy of Management Consultants and the Certified e-Commerce Consultants.

Carl Thong, the Asia International leader stated that the Global Academy programs have attained meteoric growth due to the popularity of such brands as the CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ® and CIPM Certified International Project Manager ®which has been referenced in the Wall Street Journal & The New York Times and mainstream media since 2004.

The GAFM International Board of Standards has maintained a global governance structure for over a decade that includes board of standards members and also honorary faculty & advisors which include executives, banking and finance luminaries from around the world. The Global Academy continues its work with Fortune 500 companies worldwide with our representative offices in Singapore, Milan Italy, Russia, Greece, Hong Kong, Beijing, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Delhi India, The Bahamas, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Moscow, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Colorado USA, and Malaysia.

For over a decade, all GAFM and Academy certifications have required: proper education, exams, continuing education, ethical standards, and degree. The IBS Board of Standards is the pioneer to offer qualifying graduate certification courses directly from an accredited law school over the last decade.

The GAFM also has several new TRADEMARKED IBS Board of Standards programs that are extremely popular:

1.    AFA Accredited Financial Analyst ®
2.    AMA Accredited Management Accountant ®
3.    AMC Accredited Management Consultant ®
4.    CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ®
5.    MFP Master Financial Planner ®
6.    ChE Chartered Economist ®
7.    CIPM Certified International Project Manager ®
8.    CHR Certified in Human Resources
9.    CRA Certified Risk Analyst
10.    MPM Master Project Manager ®
11.             See Full list:

To register for our GAFM Certifications programs and qualified training, please contact our USA offices at and

To become an accredited training provider for our certification programs, please contact the GAFM ® directly at

The GAFM (formerAAFM) is also a Pioneer Group Member with as one of its first group members.
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