How to get certified

Certification process explained.

Streamlined Certification Process

Takes fewer than eight hours total


Get to know Certified EO and see if you’re a good fit for certification



Tell us about your ownership program and organizational practices



Discuss the information you provided and clear up any questions



Receive certification decision and discuss implementation

1. Learn more on an introductory call

Get introduced to Certified Employee-Owned. Learn more about getting certified and the benefits of being a member. We’ll ask you questions to learn more about your company and answer any questions you might have about us.

2. Fill out the certification questionnaire

Our questionnaire asks about ownership, employee engagement, and governance at your company. Fill out the questionnaire at your own pace. When finished, return the questionnaire to us along with any supporting documents. Contact us at any time to ask questions.

3. Follow-up to answer any questions

We will review your certification questionnaire and schedule a call to discuss any outstanding questions on our end. Follow-ups may include specific questions about your ownership structure or an additional document.

4. Review your application

Once all follow-ups are resolved, we will meet with you to review your application. If you are certified, we will discuss what’s next and how to access member benefits. If not, we will discuss why and what it would take to get certified in the future.