Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)®

Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)®The GInI Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)® is the recognition for individuals who have met GInI’s standard for being capable of conducting innovation maturity assessments on behalf of organizations seeking certification as a GInI Certified Innovative Organization (CInOrg)®.  AInAs are also authorized by GInI to submit innovation endorsement applications on behalf of business organizations.

GInI AInAs are the only persons authorized by GInI to conduct the GInI Innovation Maturity Assessment. Organizations seeking to obtain GInI CInOrg certification must have this assessment conducted and submitted by an independent third-party GInI AInA. This enables GInI to enforce a standard of quality and effectiveness, and to ensure that all CInOrg assessments are conducted at the highest level of competence, objectivity, uniformity, and transparency.  GInI AInAs are also the only persons authorized by GInI to submit innovation endorsement applications on behalf of businesses, which similarly allows GInI to ensure an appropriate level of objectivity and transparency.

Accreditation as an Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)® signifies that one has met all of GInI’s criteria, including education, experience, ongoing professional development, completion of the AInA Innovation Education, and successful passage of the AInA Certification Exam. Those who achieve this accreditation gain status as members of an exclusive group of service providers and are at liberty to represent themselves accordingly.

Authorized Innovation Assessor AInA®

Major Benefits of Becoming an Authorized Innovation Assessor

1. Become a Part of an Exclusive Group Authorized by GInI
Accreditation as an Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)® by the Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® places you in an exclusive class of service providers. GInI’s AInAs are highly recognized, and share a reputation for being knowledgeable, skilled, and capable, as well as objective and unbiased in their administration of GInI’s innovation maturity assessments.

2. Become Recognized as a Knowledge Leader in the Field of Strategic Innovation
Over time, AInAs come to be recognized as knowledge leaders in the fields of strategic innovation and enterprise innovation programs. This begins with their foundation – certification by GInI as either a CCInO or CInS. It then builds upon their work as an AInA, in which they are exposed to a large number of organizations reflecting a variety of enterprise innovation programs. Through this, AInAs understand the power of innovation for having a major impact on the strategic success of any business

3. Gain a Clear Competitive Advantage in the Marketplace

Recognition as an AInA gives you a clear competitive advantage in the marketplace. With the growing demand for CInOrg certification, the demand for AInA services has continued to grow as well. AInAs have the opportunity to spend considerable time conducting formal CInOrg assessments as well as pre-assessments. Furthermore, they can leverage their knowledge and insights as an AInA for a wide variety of innovation consulting engagements. Both of these represent profitable revenue streams for their business.

4. Promote the Economic Development of Your Region of the World
By establishing yourself as an Authorized Innovation Assessor, you come to be in a position to encourage and influence numerous
organizations in your country or region to pursue certification as a CInOrg®. As you are able to influence an increasing number of organizations to pursue this status, you help to raise the overall level of innovation capability in your region of the world. This in turn holds the potential to pay back large dividends in the economic development and prosperity of these regions

Privileges of Becoming an AInA

The AInA program benefits private consultants seeking a productive means of applying their knowledge of strategic innovation and enterprise innovation programs in their professional work.

GInI AInAs are the only persons authorized by GInI to conduct the GInI Innovation Maturity Assessment. Since all applications for CInOrg certification require an initial assessment, and since those organizations who achieve CInOrg status require an annual reassessment each year, both of which must be attested through a written report submitted directly to GInI by a GInI AInA, there is a growing demand for GInI AInAs in the marketplace. Similarly, GInI AInAs are the only persons authorized by GInI to submit innovation endorsement applications on behalf of businesses. This too drives growing demand for AInA services. 

Becoming an AInA allows you to:
  1. Provide GInI-sanctioned innovation maturity assessments for GInI’s Certified Innovative Organization program.
  2. Submit GInI-sanctioned innovation endorsement applications for GInI's Innovation Endorsement program.
  3. Access the GInI CInOrg registration system online.
  4. Use the GInI AInA logo on all of your assessment materials, website, and marketing promotions

Obtaining AInA Accreditation

STEP 1- Meet the exam eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to register for the AInA exam, an individual must meet the following criteria:
  1. Hold a university degree.
  2. Have a minimum of 10 years of total professional experience.
  3. Hold active GInI certification – either as a CCInO or as a CInS.

In addition, the individual must show proof of the following:

  1. Ownership of the GInI Applied Innovation Master Book®.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of education relating to the AInA certification, conducted by a GInI Authorized Innovation Provider (AInP)® and delivered by GInI Master Provider.

STEP 2 - Apply for and pass the AInA exam

The certification exam has 150 multiple-choice questions which you have 150 minutes to complete. The passing score is 75%.

Maintaining AInA Accreditation

To maintain your AInA accreditation, you must earn 60 Innovation Development Units (IDUs) every 2 years, or sit for the GInI AInA Authorization Exam again. Detailed information can be found under Maintain Your Certificate.


Obtaining AInA Certification 750 USD Exam Enrollment Fee
GInI Applied Innovation Master Book® 300 USD Plus Shipping Fees