Associate (Level 1) Certification

Associate (Level 1) Certification
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Associate (Innovation Certification Level 1) certification is designed to teach you about the use of idea generation tools in breakthrough innovation and to apply them in creating more and better innovative ideas.

Who should apply?

Individuals or practitioners looking to understand what business innovation is and what processes and tools of creative thinking are needed to generate and execute new breakthrough ideas for their organization.

Innovation Certification Level 1 Modules
  • Definition of Innovation, Business Innovation, and Breakthrough Innovation
  • Innovation Techniques
  • Breakthrough Innovation Process
Validity of Application

You have six (6) months to take the exam from the date you applied for the certification.

How to prepare for the exam?

To earn your Associate (Innovation Certification Level 1) credential, you need to meet the experience and education requirements and pass the examination, a 60-question, multiple-choice online test. Test takers will be tested on their understanding of the concepts and frameworks discussed on IMBOK Level 1 Guide as well as practical experience around innovation. Regardless of how advanced your innovation experience or education might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful candidates typically use multiple study aids, including courses, self-study, and workshops. On average, successful candidates will spend 20-30 hours or more to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.

Certification Fee/Pricing
  • Regular: USD 550.00 + Admin/Handling Fee
  • Student: USD 300.00 + Admin/Handling Fee (In order to receive the student discount, please email us at with your proof of student status. Accepted documents are valid student ID or the latest copy of Transcript of Records.)

The Associate (Innovation Certification Level 1) certification package includes:

*GIM Institute has partnered with a remote proctor service provider to give the flexibility to test takers on when and where to take the exam (as long as they have a good internet connection).

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Each level builds on previous levels with an emphasis on learning by doing through projects


Master Innovation Tools & Build Business Concepts
Team Mastery

Level 2 will apply Level 1 learning to a real-world issue or challenge on generating new growth ideas or opportunities for the organization.


Develop and Manage Innovation Programs
Organizational Mastery

Level 3 certification reflects an understanding of the innovation management techniques that an innovation manager needs to succeed.


Commercialize Ideas and Manage Innovation Initiatives
Leadership Mastery

Level 4 applies Level 3 learning to real challenges and coming up with insights and solutions in managing innovation in organizations.