Professional Certification


GInI's Professional Certification Program involves five unique certifications, each based on a corresponding professional examination. View the descriptions below to determine which of these best matches your education, experience, and professional needs. The five certifications are:

Certified Innovation Professional (CInP)®

GInI Certified Innovation Professional (CInP)® is GInI’s recognition of working professionals who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of key topics relating to business innovation and innovation management.
CInP certification affirms an individual’s proficiency at key and foundational innovation methods and tools. This includes: research and insights mining, brainstorming and the GInI Breakthrough Innovation Method, Design Thinking, innovation project structuring, the GInI Innovation Management System, the different roles of the Innovation Manager, leading and building innovation teams, engagement & intrapreneuring, open innovation, innovation storytelling, and idea selection.
Become an Innovative Thinker

You will come to understand what innovation is and the role it plays in driving business forward. You will learn how to think differently about the value and experiences your organization delivers to the markets. You will learn specific methods and techniques for pursuing innovation and ensuring innovation projects make it safely from concept to market.

Become the Driving Force for New Levels of Market Connection

By learning how to drive powerful and market-led solutions to emerging challenges, you will become recognized as a driving force for constantly reconnecting your business and its markets at increasingly higher levels. This will enable you to deliver meaningful impact to the business and transform it into a truly innovative organization.

Learn to See the World with New Eyes

You will come to understand how innovation requires stepping back and looking at challenges through a new set of lenses. You will learn how to decompose challenges into new hypotheses that can be tested and verified. You will also learn how to reexamine and challenge existing orthodoxies in the hunt for new and better ways to solve challenges.

Become a Catalyst for “What’s Next“

You will develop a deep appetite for finding new and better ways to deliver customer value and experiences. You will learn how to conceive market-winning next generation solutions and how to advocate for these within the organization. You will come to understand how to be deeply attuned to your markets and how to deliver new demand-creating value in those markets.

Step 1- Meet the exam eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to register for the CInP exam, an individual must show proof ownership of the GInI Applied Innovation Master Book®.

Step 2- Apply for and pass the CInP exam:

The CInP is a 90-minute exam with 90 multiple-choice questions and a passing score of 60%.


To maintain your CInP certification, you must earn 45 Innovation Development Units (IDUs) every three years or retake the CInP exam. Detailed information can be found under Maintain Your Certificate.
Obtaining CInP Certification GInI Member Non-Member
Exam Enrollment Fee 450 USD 550 USD
IDU Application Submission fee** every 3-year cycle 75 USD 125 USD
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