Certified Financial Analyst & Financial Planner
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of the: CEC, AAPM, IMCB, ACCE, and AAFM
Latest GAFM ® Accreditation, Press Releases and Diplomatic
2019 - GAFM featured in Yahoo Finance for top Wealth Management Certification.
2019 - GAFM Certification Standards in the News.
The GAFM board has an Alliance with the - SPE Society of Professional Engineers UK – Special
Reciprocity Agreement for Qualified Members. GAFM registered Members can ask if they fulfill the
requirements for the SPE member credential and ask for application form and witness signature."
- July 2019 - GAFM is re-accredited by the TUV accreditation agency in Europe. GAFM earns
ISO 9001 Quality Certification and also ISO 29990 Training Certification.
- GAFM signs alliance with the National Business Accreditation Agency USA www.ACBSP.org Graduates of exams and courses of the ACBSP accredited business
school are eligible for certification and may directly apply after completing the years of courses and exams at
a business school.
- 2017-8 New Courses in Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, UAE, Accra Ghana, Istanbul
Turkey, Maputo, Mozambique, Kuwait City, Hong Kong, Muscat Oman, Doha Qatar, Baku, Azerbaijan, Chicago, New
York, Washington DC, Almaty,Kazakhstan, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Houston
and more. See EVENTS
- The GAFM and the CHEA Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)International
Quality Group - Enters Memorandum of Affiliation signed by the GAFM/IBS. The purpose of
this Memorandum of Affiliation (MOA) is to establish and promote partnerships with quality
assurance/accreditation bodies world-wide, with a view to encouraging the use of the Principles as a foundation
of shared understanding about quality at an international level.
- Africa/Ghana Government Recognition - GAFM certifications are registered with
the Government of Ghana, Ministry of Education (under the Legislative Instrument L.I. 2195, 2012 of Council for
Technical and Vocational Education and Training) a national body set up by an Act of Parliament of the Republic
of Ghana to co-ordinate and oversee all aspects of technical and vocational education and training in the
country) at Crown University College thus attracting many development partners such as African Development
Banks, World Bank www.worldbank.org
- European Accreditation by the TÜV Technischer Überwachungs-Verein
- GAFM and AAPM Approved by Indonesia Governmental Credentialing Authority through
joint accreditation memorandum of understanding.
- Bahamas Government - GAFM Approved by the Government Ministry of Education
of the Bahamas for Executive Certification Training
- India Government NISM and SIBE recognizes GAFM Financial and
- → GAFM has entered into a global distribution agreement with
Thomson Reuters and Pearson Education. Our exams would be available at thousands of testing
- → GAFM ® International Board of Standards and our Certification
Accreditation Council is a Proud Member of the: ACBSP , AACSB, ICE, NOCA, ANSI, ISBE, NBEA, UN-Civil
Society, The AABFS Arabia, the IIFM India and more. If your institution provides accredited education and
exams, contact us to have your program sanctioned for professional Certification Education and
- Nov 2015 - UAE Government Jointly Confers the CWM
Chartered Wealth Manager Certification with the GAFM
- Ihlal International for Training and Consultancy becomes new Approved Training Provider.
- GAFM recognized by the Ministry of Education Taiwan Government Republic of
- GAFM Included in the Charter Member Register for ISO 29990 Certified Companies
- June 2015 – Business Programs licensed and approved by Government of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia by the TVTC.
- Indonesia Government - Credentiling Authority Recognizes GAFM Credentials
- 250 Million Person Population
- May 2015 – Board of Standards Accredited by the TÜV Technischer Überwachungs-Verein
Österreich, : 140 year old EU/Austrian Technical Inspection Association) which are German organizations that
work to validate the quality of products and services of all kinds to protect the public and for safety. IBS
GAFM – EU Standards Council of the International Board of Standards
- GAFM & University of Islam form Academic Alliance. UII is the oldest Islamic University
in East Asia.
• Board of Standards becomes ISO 9001 Certified for Quality as a Certification Body by our EU
Standards Council of the IBS GAFM International Board of Standards
• GAFM and Board of Standards Makes History and Becomes First US Based Certification Body to Achieve
Training Accreditation as an: ISO 29990 Certified for Non Formal Training from our EU Standards Council of the
GAFM IBS International Board of Standards
May 2015 - Global Academy maintains legal reciprocity agreement with the PBA Professional
Business Accountants' Society of Canada
April 2015 – IBS GAFM Certification Body passes TUV Austria Accreditation Approval Audit ISO
29990:2010 Training Certification and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certification – Technischer Überwachungsverein is one
of the most prestigious accreditation authorities in Europe and worldwide.
GAFM is a Member of the CHEA Quality Group
April 2015 – New Hon. Global Advisor Joins – Dr. Anupam Mehta, Ph.D, AFA, AMC, CMA, MBA, MCom, CertFRS –
Chairperson (Bachelors program) & Associate Professor – Finance and Accounting – Institute of Management
March 2015 – AFA Accredited Financial Analyst and CRA Chartered Risk Analyst US United States
Registered. Take the courses for Free Columbia University Professors Courses –
Take the Risk Program Online
Feb 2015 – New Professors Awards - Professors recognized at our Italian offices.
Jan 2015 – GAFM Approves the South American School of Mines and Management for
distribution of certification courses and programs.
Jan 2015 - IBS GAFM Board of Standards is a recognized candidate by the: TÜV Technischer
Jan 2015 – GAFM recognizes Global Conference Leader Opal Conferencing which is Based in
New York and offers conferences in countries around the world. Attending an Opal conference counts for
continuing education credits for GAFM
Jan 2015 - GAFM International Board of Standards maintains memberships in ANSI American
National Standards Institute and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Institute for
Jan 2015 → Legal Buyout of the rights to all certifications by the Accredited GAFM ®
and International Board of Standards of all of the AAFM certifications and designations. All Certifications from
the Former AAFM are now conferred from the GAFM in the United States. The GAFM Owns all of the famous
certifications and IP Intellectual Property. The FINRA and US Government are rebranding the AAFM to the GAFM as
per the legal buyout of the certifications by the Accredited GAFM and International Board of Standards.
→ Jan 2015 - FINRA agrees to list the AFA Accredited Financial Analyst ® and AMA
Accredited Management Accountant ® to the List of Certifications on the Education website guide.
Jan 2015 Thomson Reuters collaboration with GAFM begins with huge successes.
Jan 2015 GAFM and AAPM
Alliance – GAFM secures trademark ownership of the MPM and Master Project Manager and Certified
International Project Manager ® . AAPM and GAFM now have greater
recognition and distribution in 40 countries worldwide offering Project Management Certifications.
Jan 2015 - New Programs in Washington DC, Dubai, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, San Francisco,
Peru, Mexico, Bahamas, Beijing, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, London, Rome Italy and more.
Jan 2015 - GAFM Approves the South American School of Mines and Management for
distribution of certification courses and programs.
Dec. 2014 - New Programs run in Istanbul Turkey. Successful graduates receive the GAFM Human Resources
December 2014 - New Courses run with the UAE government on Wealth Management Charters and Financial Analyst
November 2014 - Chairman George Mentz appointed to the Advisory Council of the Higher School of Economics in
August 2014 - GAFM International Board of Standards and our EU offices are in cooperation with ISO Standards EU
for certification standards.
August 2014 - GAFM signs global agreement with Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters Training Accreditation Alliance Approved.
July 2014 - GAFM Advisory Council approves Thomson Reuters as a Global Certification Training Provider.
July 2014 - Bangkok University approved as GAFM Chapter Bangkok University - The
International College - Website: www.bu.ac.th
June 2014 -GAFM ® Launches new approved certification training in: Ghana, Dubai UAE, Istanbul Turkey, Kuwait,
Almaty Kazakhstan, Maputo Mozambique, and Saudi Arabia
April 2014 - GAFM launches accredited exam programs for those who want to challenge our exams of: AFA, AMC, AFA
and ChE. These exams and programs are recognized by the New York USA accreditation authorities. The exams may count
toward credits for MBA or other business degree and may transfer worldwide. See: http://gafm.org/Exams.html
March 2014 - New University chapters in Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Guangzhou, Taiwan, Chongqing,
UAE, KSA, MENA, USA, and Kazakhstan, and Hong Kong.
March 2014 - Concordia University Worldwide approved as Chapter.
2014 - GAFM appoints new global advisory council members including advisory members from Higher Level
GAFM is official syndicator of various certification programs.
January 2014 - GAFM Works with Pearson Education for global exam distribution.
January 2014 - India Government recognizes select designations for investment advising.
Jaunary 2014 - UAE government uses AFA Accredited Financial Analyst credential as a model for certification
training in the USA.
January 2014 - South Africa Government Skills Council agrees to review certifications for qualification
Jan 2014 - New chapters at Abu Dhabi University, UBT College Saudi Arabia , Pfeiffer
University becomes new chapter, Tanzania Business School, PBC School of Finance, Tsinghua University,
Shanghai China, Universidad de Santander, Virtual University at Monterrey Tech Mexico, MISR University Egypt,
Bangkok University, and the Arab Institute for Accountants and Legal.
December 2013 - Royal Society of Fellows recognizes the AFA Accredited Financial Analyst program as one of the
Academy of Financial Management alliance program.
July 2013 - Consulting with Securities and Commodities Agency of UAE United Arab Emirates.
June - Select Programs approved by the Supreme Council of Egypt
May 2013 - GAFM Launches new programs in Asia and Africa. Program meets with success for VIP executive training
Feb 2013 - Several GAFM credentials featured in the: U. S. Department of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration
Jan 2013 - GAFM Discloses its AFA ® and AMA ® credentials and standards to the Financial Industry Regulatory
Jan 2013 - Advisory Board Meetings in San Diego.
2012 - The Academy Recognizes the best ACCREDITED finance and accounting degrees in the world. See List
Nov 2012 - The GAFM Board consults with US
Federal Government on Finance, Business and Management Careers and The Future for the 5th year.
July 2012 - The GAFM Body agrees to consult with United Nations again and work with the Public Finance and Trade
Programmes. See UN Civil Society
Latest GAFM ® Press Releases and Diplomatic Alliances
Jan 2012 - GAFM cooperates with UAE Securities Authority for educational standards where leaders at SCA
join GAFM Advisory Council for higher global standards.
Dec 2011 - GAFM® GAFM Consults again with US Department of Labor to assist people
with Financial Careers and Job Information.
Dec 2011 - Academy Members Consult and works with with UNITAR United Nations Training on Anti Money
Nov 2011 - Academy builds alliances in Asia, Latin America and Brazil assisting corporations and
governments with standards.
Sept 2011 - California Labor Department Includes GAFM in its labor guide.
- US Government Sponsored Certification Guide Includes GAFM Certifications.
Read about our Designations in the IBD Investors Business Daily Finance Dictionary at investors.com
April 2011 - New Graduates from: Bolivia, Chile, USA, Taiwan, Korea, China, Africa and the
April 2011 - GAFM ® recognized by Global Certifications Council, Certification Intelligence, and
April 2011 - GAFM listed as top 2 organizations for US Certification in Finance by CertificationsWeb.
April 2011 - GAFM included in list of Top Certifications in the ACFE Association of Certified Fraud
April 2011 - GAFM ® and the Economist Association are featured in AfricaNews.com
March 2011 - GAFM ® Founder - Prof. George Mentz named to the "Dream Team of Wealth Management" for
Jan 2011 - New Handbook and Annual Report
Jan 2011 - Academy Included in All Financial Advisors Authoritative
Jan 2011 - ACADEMY Included in the E-how Money Guide
Jan 2011 - GAFM establishes the Global - American Academy of Business and Management - Trademarked in
Jan 2011 - Academy recognized by School of Banking and Financial Management in Egypt
Dec 2010 - Member Advancement - GAFM ® Fellow and Certified Member T.J. Turner appointed to IRS
Commission Committee. CNBC Business Wire, Morningstar
Dec. 2010 - GAFM ® establishes new South African Alliance with -IITF International Institute for Tax and
Dec 2010 - GAFM International Board of Standards - Included in the references and publications of:
Department of Labor, Financial Authority Reference Guides, Investopedia, California Department of Labor,
Member of Institute of Credential Excellence, and US Congressional Testimony.
News Nov 2010 - GAFM ® Offering Programs Internationally and 1st in the world to have Certification Programs with a USA Accredited Law
School and Post Graduate Program.
Oct 2010 - AAFM - Benziga
Media Features GAFM Certification Programs as the key promoter to mandate Accredited Education and exams
from government approved institutions for credentials. Read Article
Oct 2010 - GAFM Designations and Graduate Requirements Featured in Wall Street Journal - See Designations in the WSJ - WSJ Wall Street Journal Reference Guide Lists GAFM ® Designations
along with outlining our AAFM ® graduate education requirements. See Link
August 2010 - GAFM CEO, Prof. Mentz has been added to the Panel of Experts for Advisor FX. Summit Media's
- National Underwriter Co. and it's media companies have been providing services and research to the financial
industry for 100 Years.
July - AAFM
July 2010, UK London - Academy Board Meetings in London. Met with directors and deans about MBA and law school
articulations with new schools.
July - Academy South Asia Expansions
July 2010, Singapore – Academy ® Asia is pleased to announce the accreditation of Financial & Biz-Ed
Consultants (FBC) as our new training provider for Academy’s Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM ®) program. Academy ®
Asia congratulates FBC on this accreditation and looks forward to a successful collaboration!
June - Academy Sponsors Conferences in China and Latin American Nov. 2010.
May 2010 Academy ® As seen in the 2010 Forbes and Investopedia Financial Dictionary: CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ® - CTEP Chartered Trust And Estate Planner - CPM Chartered Portfolio Manager - CAM Chartered Asset Manager - AAFM American Academy Of Financial Management ®
March 2010 - The University of Atlanta becomes new GAFM American Academy Chapter. - Graduates from the
the University of Atlanta Finance programs are eligible to apply for MFP Master Financial Professional
Certification. Dr. R.-L. Etienne Barnett, PhD, MFP, ChE, will be be the Chairperson in charge of
nominations and approvals for applications to the AAFM for board certifications and charters awarded by the
American Academy. See Press Release
Feb. 2010 - News: The AAFM ® Board USA works again this year with US Government to provide
opinion and insights on financial innovation, reform, and employment analysis. The AAFM ® Board - Academic
Standards and Quality Commission to lead this AAFM® Task Force.
Feb. 2010 - GAFM ® Academic Alliance Articulation with Aristotle University Graduate programs and
Aristotle Law School- Prof. Dr. Tom. Gionis of USA and Greece and Prof Mentz agreed to the mutual cross
recognition and terms. Read more about
Aristotle The programs at Aristotle Law School and Aristotle University will count for educational
credit toward certifications
Jan. 2010 - AAFM ® continues international alliance with The GAFM © Global Institute of Finance and
Management Training and Consulting. The GIFM was chartered & founded by industry professionals, Revenue
Professionals, Lawyers, CPAs & government officials.
Jan. 2010 - AAFM ® Now working with Pan Asia Companies, UK Training, The International Tax Institute,
The Securities and Commerce Institute, OET India.
DEC. 2009 AAFM ® Forms diplomatic Alliance with Egyptian Finance Institute.
DEC. 2009 AAFM ® Cooperating with China Government for Existing and New Certifications in Finance.
Nov. 2009 AAFM ® Rolls out its New Law School Certification
Nov. 2009 AAFM ® CEO - Prof Dr. Mentz joins the Advisory Board for the International Association of
Qualified Financial Planners as Chair of the Education Committee
Oct. 1st 2009 - AAFM ® becomes 1st in the world to achieve 100% transparency, listing, membership
recognition and disclosure with : NBEA, ISBE, AACSB, ACBSP, RSOF, ANSI, AABFS, IIFM, UNESCO, DOE, DOL, IBA,
IMA, AFMLA, and NOCA.
Sept 2009 - AAFM USA Global Board Celebrates 10 Years as a Chartered Board of Standards. Before that,
the AAFMA USA was the founding organization in the United States.
September 2009 - New Offices in: Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Brazil.
August 2009 - AAFM is Honorary Co-Host of China Finance
Forum - Leaders from AAFM agree to serve as advisory members.
August 2009 - AAFM Signs Middle East Alliance with Arab Academy of Banking and Financial
Sciences. See Press Release -
AAFM and AABFS will be offering joint certification programs in 17 Arab Countries of the Arab League. Prof.
Mentz will co-chair the new Arab Academy Certification Board that was chartered under the alliance.
August 2009 - AAFM Sponsors 3 law school scholarships for special courses at TJSL. The Judge Byrnes and
Judge Mentz Memorial Scholarships will be assisting the best and brightest in achieving legal
Aug. 2009 - AAFM Sponsors the Best Paper Award for Latin America Conference.
News New Offices in South Africa with TRM and ITI
News: The AAFM are global sponsors of the IX
IFC International Finance Conference, this time to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please visit the
Conference’s website at: http://www.financeconference.cl/
News: Chartered Economist Graduate Inauguration
News: AAFM forms alliance with the WMSCC Wealth Management Standards Council of China and AAFM Board
members are appointed as new members to the board.
News: AAFM "non profit" Asia is the new representative of the AAFM Board for managing membership. AAFM
Asia is based in Singapore, Beijing, and Delhi, India.
News: AABFS is the new Middle East representative of the
AAFM Board in the UAE for issuing secure certification. http://www.aafmgcc.com/aafm.html
News: The Indian Presidential Advisors have recognized the AAFM with a letter of positive estimation and
full recommendation from the advisors of the President and Prime Minister of India.
Alert - Former training sub-chapter in Dubai Knowledge Village loses its Global Recognition. Trainer
Certificates and Diplomas printed in Dubai or Africa are NOT recognized by the "AAFM Board of Standards and
Presidential Commissioners" The AAFM Council of Justice has also made a determination to mandate that all
training must be by a licensed and registered company. Any phony emails from www.aafm.ORG or theiafm.org
are from an unrecognized hacker group who are Phishing for money ..
News: AAFM International Board of Standards enters cross recognition with Egyptian Finance Association
in Cairo which has governmental recognition from the Capital Markets Authority.
News: AAFM International Board of Standards officially recognized by the Indian Finance Institute and
the Indian Business Academy. Prof Mentz and Dean Byrnes added to the Advisory Board of the India
News Only the US Board and Commissioners at www.aafm.us can issue authentic certifications. The Dubai
training group has zero recognition from anyone and has been closed. The government recognized AABFS is now
in charge of supervising certification in the UAE
News: AAFM Establishes the Chartered Certified Economists Board of Standards. 500 New members join this
News: AAFM has new partners in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Asia.
News: AAFM Articulation with JIU Jones International MBA
January 29, 2009 - University of California Silicon Valley Awarded Prestigious Chapter Membership and
Recognition from Key International Project Management Organization
The AAFM was chosen by Dubai Financial Market (DFM) to conduct the
seven week professional training component of the Kafa’at programme for graduates entering the
brokerage and trading industry in recent years. AAFM also has formed alliances with the Accreditation
Council for Business School Programs, President of India's Official Advisors, Arab League’s Arab
Academy, Egyptian Investment Management Association, Dubai International Finance Exchange, Bahrain
Institute of Banking and Finance, Capital Markets Authority Approved Training Programs of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia, the United Nations Civil Society, Dubai Institute of Human Resource Development, the
Ministry of Human Resources China Government, the Republic of China, Brazil Governmental Agencys,
& approved training of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Dubai Quality Group and many
more. AAFM partners with SCA
AAFM Training India and China Institute of Financial Markets
January 22, 2009
AAFM Expands Training Distribution through Global Channels.
AAFM & AAFM India, IIFM, IBA, BLB and BIFM Alliance offers: New Offices in Mumbai/Bombay, Delhi,
Chennai, Kolkata and more.
July 2010 - The Economics Certifying Board celebrates a decade of service in recognizes government recognized
and accredited education as a certification path.
Jan 2009 - The Boards approved Management credentials featured in featured in: Forbes News, The Business Wire,
Reuters Global News, EuroInvestor News UK, Yahoo Finance, Morningstar News, Digital50 News, Direkt Broker Germany
News, Ad Hoc News, Centre Daily News, Earth Times, Yahoo News, University of California News, ArabianBusiness.com
NEWS, Express Computers Business News in India, and more.
Jan 2008 - Expansion of approved programs in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
April 2007 - Committee Meetings in New York City with representatives from other countries
Feb. 2007 - New Degree Programs selected and approved.
Jan. 2006 - Advisory meetings held in Asia to establish global standards
Dec. 2004 - Global Advisory Board meets in Europe for discussions on international relations.
2000 - IBS GBM forms alliance with the Graduate Leadership Institute. IBS now offers Sales Management Training
1998 - A board of standards for certification created to mandate high standards in certification.
1997 - The academy chartered. The designation standards established.
1996 - The Financial Analyst and Tax credentials created and founded.