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The IAOIP Certification Program and its Benefits

The International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) acts as an expert third party to certify individuals as knowledgeable professionals in the science of innovation. As a non-profit organization, IAOIP’s goals are to grow the formal recognition of a profession, enrich the knowledge and practice of the science of innovation, and to support career development for professional innovators throughout world.

As with other professions, certifying bodies assist in codifying knowledge and documenting that individuals meet requirements by providing rigorous examinations that confirm the individual’s competency in a subject area. The IAOIP certification is a public and visible endorsement of an individual’s ability to apply the science of innovation to the many challenges facing businesses, non-profits, governments and NGOs today.

Any IAOIP member can take the certification exams and each certification is valid for three years from the date you pass the exam. The following groups of individuals will find certification highly beneficial.

Working professionals have a lot to gain from a professional certification. Some individuals may be tasked with creating innovative products or services. Other individuals may be placed in a position where they must guide innovation across their organization (e.g., innovation manager or innovation directors). For these individuals, certification in the science of innovation will substantially aid them in their daily tasks, assisting them to achieve more successful and innovative outcomes.

Career Seekers, Students, and Veterans will find that having innovation skills and knowledge provides an advantage over others candidates. Organizations are seeking individuals who can deliver top line innovation outcomes. Certification is one way to stand out from the crowd and bring attention to your abilities and knowledge.

Executives, Managers, Business Owners, and Entrepreneurs who are tasked with creating or growing a business or non-profit would benefit from finding innovations and embedding the capability to innovate inside their organization. There are many different ways innovation can be used. Learning which way to apply innovation is a critical first step during the certification process.

Employers who need to bring to their workforce a higher capability in applying the science of innovation and to help reduce the risk in the hiring process by making a certification part of their decision process.

Benefits of Becoming an IAOIP Certified Professional Innovator

When deciding to pursue the IAOIP certification, please consider the many benefits, some of which are listed below:

Gain knowledge and skills in the science of innovation. Certified members develop a base knowledge of 10+ areas of innovation through their exam preparation, and having an impending examination is a motivating and clear way to learn a subject in a comprehensive manner.

Some of the areas where IAOIP has or is developing certifications is shown in the table below.


Body of Knowledge (by Working Group)

Working Group (WG) or

Cooperative Certification (CC)

Chief Innovation Officer- Certification Available 2017

CC- in cooperation with Innovation Labs, LLC

Design Thinking- Certification Available






Certified Innovation Professional- Certification Available

WG-This is a required entry level certification.

Idea Generation


Innovation Architecture


Innovation Concepts


Management of Innovation -Certification Available

WG-This is required before taking the CIO exam.



Methodologies and Tools -Certification Available QI 2017


Opportunity Identification


Value Creation


TRIZ/ARIZ- Certification Available

CC (in cooperation with the Atshuller Institute and requires Basic TRIZ certification.)


Public and visible endorsement of your skills. All certified IAOIP members’ in good standing have their names listed on the IAOIP website. IAOIP is internationally recognized, and certified members can used the title “CPI” or “Certified Professional Innovator”.

Increased success rate. Innovating success rates vary greatly from company to company. The best way to increase innovation success rates is to have practitioners educated in the science of innovation and implement the most current innovation practices and strategies.

Support and backing of the IAOIP. This association has significant resources for its members and certified professionals. Our hundreds of articles on innovation, authoritative Global Innovation Science Handbook (1st Ed), and our large network of innovation professionals are all accessible to support and continue to grow member’s knowledge and skills.

Validity of the IAOIP Certification

The IAOIP certification program was created by a group of recognized science of innovation leaders from around the world through a permanent IAOIP committee. Committee members range from working professional innovators, university professors in the science of innovation, consultants, and globally recognized authorities on innovation. Exams are developed first from the Global Innovation Science Handbook, 1st Ed and supplemented with peer review journal articles, well recognized books and other sources as determined by the committee. A large database of questions is created and vetted by the committee insuring each exam developed is rigorous and focused on the subject matter of the specific certification topic. Exams are administered via online proctoring and can be taken by IAOIP members around the world insuring that professionals who pass are authenticated and proven to meet IAOIP standards.

Certification Framework

The certification program is based on the framework of recognizing both increasing levels of knowledge and accomplishment as well as to accommodate the two career track system prevalent is many companies where there is a technical or individual contributor track and separate management track. The individual contributor track has multiple specialized areas of knowledge where certification can be obtained. The management track has the both manager and executive level in its framework. Many certification programs employ both levels, and fields or categories, to more accurately reflect the differing areas of specialization and to reflect the progressive nature of professional development. The IAOIP program offers complete flexibility for any individual to customize their particular certification profile to best suit their specific needs career needs.

The individual contributor track offers three levels of recognition. The first level is the Certified Innovation Professional level and is required before taking the next level exams. The next level is the Practitioner Level of which there will be multiple certifications. The goal is to have Practitioner Level exams for all critical areas of the science of innovation. Each professional choosing to advance beyond this level can pick and choose which of the available Certified Innovation 


professional-Practioner Exams they wish to take to create their own customized certification profile. The top level will be the Advanced Certified Innovation Professional which will require significant accomplish in addition to a broad certification background and will be awarded by a special IAOIP Committee only after significant review.  

On the management track the professional starts with the Management of Innovation Level exam. This exam is design for people in project, department or enterprise management who are early in their career or now in a situation where they need to develop their knowledge of the science of innovation to better able themselves to meet the innovation demands of today and tomorrow. The program will develop an Executive Level exam and one for Chief Innovation Officers to help those who have more strategic roles in bringing, developing, growing and maintaining a culture of innovation within their firms or businesses.

A graphic of the Certification Framework appears below:

The Certification Framework


The IAOIP Certification Program offers unmatched flexibility in individual career development!

Obtaining the Certification

Certification is open to members of the IAOIP who are in good standing with the association. Interested non-member individuals are required to sign up for an IAOIP membership prior to registering for the examination. Then, with the registration complete, individuals download the appropriate Study Guide to prepare themselves. They then contact Dana J. Landry, Ph.D. to set up the exam.

Each certification is valid for three years from the date you pass the exam.

If you have any questions regarding the IAOIP Certification process, please contact the Certification Committee Chairman, Dana Landry, at dana@IAOIP.org.

To REGISTER for the certification exam go to the certification registration page by clicking here.


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