Certified Board Member Course Autumn 2022 – ongoing

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Certified Board Member Course in English
2.11. I 8.11. I 15.11. I 22.11. I 15.12. HELSINKI + ONLINE

Many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are run by the entrepreneur himself or herself. The success of the company is based on the critical skills and the vast personal efforts of the entrepreneur. However, an SME faces various challenges at different stages of development, such as change of ownership, generation change, internationalization, fast growth, market disorders, and other turning points. In these situations, the entrepreneur, the owners, and the investors need able advisors who are experienced in those changes and the business areas in question. The best way to bind these advisors to the company is by appointing them as board members. 

Very often entrepreneurs and companies do not know enough such advisors to appoint to the board. Meanwhile, there are many advisors who know several business areas but lack an understanding of what board work includes and what the responsibilities are. This is one of the typical reasons why advisors are afraid to join a board of an SME. 

Tampere Chamber of Commerce and a regional development organization for board work Hallituspartnerit ry have conceived and developed a training program to solve those issues. It is called the Certified Board Member (CBM) program, (Hyväksytty hallituksen jäsen– HHJ in Finnish) The innovative aspect of the CBM program is to combine two main issues and activate an unused or underused resource in a company. The first main issue is to spread knowledge about board work to people involved. The second is to introduce board work advisors and entrepreneurs to each other. The final objective is to get the board significantly involved in promoting the success and development of the company.

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Training program for board members

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The Finland Chamber of Commerce organizes a Certified Board Member Course in English.  

The Certified Board Member (HHJ) Course is suitable for

  • activating and developing board work
  • those who are already doing board work 
  • those who are considering doing board work

The Course also helps entrepreneurs and business leaders make better use of board work. 

The Course is also suitable for those who want to expand their knowledge of board work in Finland and in Finnish companies.

The Course deals with the composition, role, responsibilities, risk management and working methods of the board (reporting, strategy work, remuneration systems), especially from the perspective of an SME and in a practical way using company examples.

You are welcome to the Certified Board Member Course to activate and develop board work. 

Certified Board Member Course in English November – December 2022 Helsinki + online


First Period
Wednesday 2.11.2022 12.00 – 18.00

Cafe Amanda, Eteläesplanadi 8, Helsinki


  • Owners, board, management
  • Duties and legal responsibilities of the Board and its members
  • Towards a professional government

Second Period
Tuesday 8.11.2022 12.00 – 18.00  

Cafe Amanda, Eteläesplanadi 8, Helsinki

Organization of the Board and the work of the Board

  • Board organization; assembly and formation
  • Organization of board work and prerequisites for effective board work
  • Teamwork guidelines

Third Period
Tuesday 15.11.2022 12.00 – 18.00
Cafe Amanda, Eteläesplanadi 8, Helsinki

Strategy work

  • Introduction to strategic thinking
  • Strategic planning, how to create future and success
  • The role of the Board in building strategy

Team work
Tuesday 22.11.2022 12.00 – 17.00

Team work

The aim is to get acquainted with the ownership, management and operations of the target company and to consider the company’s future strategies and the added value of board work.

Fourth Period
Thursday 15.12.2022 12.00 – 18.30
Cafe Amanda, Eteläesplanadi 8, Helsinki

Monitoring and control of the company’s finances

  • Review of the team work
  • Monitoring and control of the company’s finances
  • Issuance of Course certificates
  • Cocktails

CBM Team work:
The Course includes a team work afternoon that is between periods 3 and 4 of the program. It is an excellent opportunity for a portfolio company to have access to an Advisory board for one day and thereby reflect on the company’s future strategies and the added value of board work. Three target companies are selected  among Course participants for the team work.

Participation fees: For participants of member companies of the Chambers of Commerce 1950 € + VAT. 24%, Regular price 2400 € + VAT 24%. We will be happy to make a package offer if your company has several participants in the Course. Please note that places are limited (25) and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payment and cancellation policy:

The Course fee will be invoiced at the beginning of the Course. Free cancellation is possible no later than 7 days before the first period of the Course. Subsequent cancellations will be charged 50 % of the participation fee. If necessary, the place can be transferred to another participant.

Participate safely: We at the Finland Chamber of Commerce follow official guidelines related to the coronavirus situation and we do not risk the health of participants. If necessary, we will organize the Course online.

We monitor the carbon footprint of our events: In line with the Climate Commitment of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, we are committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. We monitor the carbon footprint of our events, strive to reduce emissions and offset emissions from the event. Therefore, when you register, we will ask you how you will arrive at the event. Please help us keep our carbon footprint as small as possible by using public transport where possible.


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