Future CEO
Future CEO Program

What is the Future CEO program?

Future CEO Program

It is a certification program that brings together experienced executives from diverse backgrounds and industries under the guidance of a chairperson with professorial qualifications and experience underpinned by an extensive commercial background. Based on a blended learning model providing a mix of facilitated and experiential learning, members of groups (between 12 - 16) address real world challenges and opportunities faced by them, to become better equipped to confront business challenges and manage growth. 15 subject areas make up the Curriculum Framework and 5 core topics from the 15 subject areas are pre-determined each year. Well-respected and knowledgeable guest speakers are invited to present at each meeting. To promote openness and a collective "brains trust", members are required to sign Confidentiality Agreements and are carefully matched for compatible skill levels and activity in non-competing business sectors.

Will it be an appropriate program for me?

If you are a Senior Manager desiring development for the next step in your career, or have been identified for succession, this could be an appropriate program for you. The program equips you with the knowledge, skills and contacts you need to take over the reins.

Do I need to be employed, to join the Future CEO program?

Yes, you need to be employed in a management role to be eligible to join the Future CEO program. The program has a strong focus on experiential learning so you need to be employed in a relevant role, which enables you to contribute to the discussions in a meaningful manner.

Is there homework or an exam at the end of the Future CEO program?

No, there is no exam or test during or after the program. This program uses a very practical process of mentored learning. The only form of assessment/review is the review of the member’s goals annually. This is done individually with the Chairman. Those goals would have been identified by the member and discussed with the Chairman before the member attends the 1st meeting.

There is no homework either. However, members can expect to provide a formal presentation to their group on a project relevant to their business activities, to help hone their presentation skills and gain the benefit of member feedback.

How do I apply to become a member of the Future CEO program?

Complete and submit a Membership Application Form with Conditions of Membership available from your local office together with the applicable fees.

What certification does this program lead to?

It leads to Provisional Certification as a Certified CEO, and the right to use the post nominal CCEO(prov). The Future CEO program is a recognised Certification Course, under The CEO Institute's Rules for Certification. The Rules for Certification have been approved by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC).

When will I receive certification?

You will be eligible to receive your Provisional Certification after you have:
a.    Attended a minimum of 30 half-day meetings (or 15 full day meetings) of the Future CEO program, and
b.    Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Senior Manager, and
c.    Commit to continuous professional development (CPD)

How do I apply for certification?

After meeting the eligibility requirements listed above, you are automatically assessed for Provisional Certification as a Certified CEO.

If I’m unsure that my experience constitutes “senior management experience” who can I check with?

You should contact The CEO Institute’s Global Manager -  Certification & Licensing on  esmea@ceoinstitute.com

How do I commit to continuous professional development (CPD)?

To maintain your Provisional Certification, you commit to CPD by staying on as a Future CEO member, or registering for financial membership of the International Institute of Directors and Managers (IIDM) and commit to 20 hours of CPD each year.

What is IIDM?

It is a curated, online library of business resources and a fully-owned and managed subsidiary of The CEO Institute. IIDM provides an online library of articles on over 55 key topics, exclusive case studies, interactive learning modules, exclusive video/audio seminars and more. IIDM’s global network of contributors includes academics, industry experts and successful business leaders, who share their expertise in a practical and action-oriented format. IIDM helps equip busy executives with relevant up-to-date business information when they need it.

Is there a membership fee for IIDM?

While you are a Future CEO member, you will have, full access to the IIDM website www.iidmglobal.com. When you are no longer a Future CEO member, having obtained Provisional Certification, you are required to subscribe to IIDM to retain certification, and in helping meet your CPD requirements. As a Provisional Certified CEO, you are entitled to a preferential annual subscription fee of US$99, which is a 50% discount on the standard IIDM subscription fee.

Will my 20 hours of CPD be audited?

Professional development hours are subject to audit on a triennial basis, using a sample audit model. So, if you are selected, you will be required to produce documentation of the CPD you have undertaken in the preceding 3 years.

What do I receive when I am certified?

a.    A certificate together with the Rules for Certification from The CEO Institute, the first global certification body for CEOs,
b.    The right to use the post nominal CCEO(prov),
c.    An invitation to join the closed LinkedIn group for Certified CEOs(provisional) globally

Is Certified CEO (provisional) and CCEO recognised worldwide?

CCEO is a registered Certification Trade Mark of The CEO Institute which is recognised in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Malaysia and Singapore.
The Rules for Certification, approved by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), set out the requirements for the approval of applicants as well as the standards of knowledge, experience and ongoing professional development to be met in order to obtain the Certified CEO designation and use the post nominal. The ACCC, in approving the Rules for Certification, determined that they were satisfied that The CEO Institute demonstrates the attributes necessary to competently undertake the certification role in respect of the Certification Trade Mark.

"Through the partnership with The CEO Institute, UNESCO values its role as a global certification body for Chief Executives and supports the Certified CEO designation, as it represents a tangible example of UNESCO’s approach to Lifelong learning and a contribution to building knowledge-based societies."
Vincent Defourny, Director
Division of Cooperation with Extrabudgetary Funding Sources
Bureau of Strategic Planning

Why do I have to sign a Confidentiality Agreement before becoming a member?

During meetings there may be disclosure of confidential information which may include problems or opportunities experienced by individuals/organisations, financial information, trade secrets, business contacts and arrangements. In signing the confidentiality agreement, members commit to keeping confidential all information disclosed by other members, allowing for open and honest discussions on a wide range of topics to ensure meetings are meaningful and go beyond the superficial.

What are the Future CEO topics or subjects to be delivered in the program?

Each year, 5 pre-determined core topics are selected from the 15 subject areas that make up the Curriculum Framework. They complement the issues presented, dissected and discussed by members, which are often germane to many environments. Contact your local office to obtain a current list of the 5 pre-determined core topics.

What can I do if a member of my group is from a competitor?

This is unlikely to occur. When member applications are processed, we will already identify that there is a conflict and will allocate members to groups to avoid this.  When new members are about to be added to an existing group, the existing members have the right of veto over a proposed new member joining the group on competitive grounds.

What is the veto process?

The right to veto a potential membership applicant is given to all existing members of the selected group to ensure no conflicts of interest occur. When a new member is proposed for a group, the Chairman is consulted first to pre-empt any issues which may arise due to business competition or conflict with existing members. Once the Chairman agrees (and such agreement should not be unreasonably withheld) to the proposed group allocation, the prospective member is put through the veto process. This process involves the circulation of a brief professional overview of the prospective member and their business to existing group members. If there is a conflict of interest or competitive constraint, the application is denied and the prospective member is allocated to a different group, where they again undergo the veto process until allocation is successful.

How many executives from the same organisation can belong to the same group?

No more than 2.