Certified Chief Innovation Officer (CCInO)®

Certified Chief Innovation Officer (CCInO)®The GInI Certified Chief Innovation Officer
(CCInO)® is GInI’s recognition of senior business leaders who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of key topics relating to enterprise innovation, innovation groups, innovation strategy, innovation spaces, management & workplace innovation, and other leading innovation practices.

CCInO certification affirms the individual’s proficiency at executive-level innovation practices and methods, including such practices and methods as:  strategic innovation portfolios, the GInI Strategic Innovation Roadmap, enterprise innovation programs, the GInI Enterprise Innovation Architecture, management innovation, workplace innovation, the GInI Experiential Human Innovation Framework, innovation group design, innovation space design, outcome-driven innovation, discovery-driven innovation, and innovation maturity.

Certified Chief Innovation Officer CCInO®


Benefits of Becoming a CCInO

Become a Strategic Innovation Thinker
You will develop the ability to see innovation as a tool of strategy for advancing the relevance, growth and resilience of your business. You will furthermore develop the ability to guide your organization strategically in defining and pursuing a specific course for innovation. As part of this, you will be able to examine the many options for an innovation portfolio and from these select those that balance the short-term, medium-term, and long-term needs of the organization.

Become the Driving Force for Ever Improving Innovation Capabilities
You will develop an understanding of the different levels of innovation maturity for organizations, how that each level brings with it certain capabilities, and how the role of the CInO is very different in each case. You will understand what you must do to continue advancing your organization’s collective innovation capabilities so as to become increasingly capable of leading its markets and defining entirely new markets.

Become a Force for Engagement and Change
You will learn how to engage your entire organization in the pursuit of innovation and how to reap the many paybacks that come from this. You will also learn how to incorporate and manage the insights and ideas of all your stakeholders in defining the many possible new paths forward, as well as how to deliver on those with the greatest potential impact.

Become a Champion of the Innovation Engine
You will understand how the many pieces of the innovation ecosystem work together to deliver the greatest impact to the business. You will also understand the many tools and methods available for empowering innovation work in the organization. You will learn how to establish and use special teams and innovation spaces to drive very focused and purpose-driven innovation work.

Obtaining a CCInO Certification

STEP 1- Meet the exam eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to register for the CCInO exam, an individual must meet ONE of the following criteria:

.  Hold a CInP Certificate plus a minimum of 4 years of professional experience.
.  Hold a CInS
Certificate plus a minimum of 3 years of professional experience.
.  A minimum of 5 years of professional experience with a Master’s degree or higher.
.  A minimum of 7 years of professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
.  A minimum of 10 years of professional experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree.
.  A minimum of 2 years in a similar C-level role (e.g. CEO, CTO, CMO, CIO, BU GM, EVP, etc.) in an organization similar to where one intends to apply the CCInO certification, regardless of degree.

In addition, the individual must show proof ownership of the GInI Applied Innovation Master Book®.

STEP 2 - Apply for and pass the CCInO exam

The certification exam has 130 multiple-choice questions which you have 130 minutes to complete. The passing score is 65%.

Maintaining CCInO Certification

To maintain your CCInO Certification, you must earn 60 Innovation Development Units (IDUs) every 2 years, or retake the CCInO exam. 

Detailed information can be found under Maintain Your Certificate.


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