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Certified Executive Leader (CEL)

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Program Includes

Tuition Includes: Official Training Program, Official Digital Study Manual, Official Prep Review Quizzes, Online Proctor License, 1-Year Exam License, Digital Certification & Credential

Total Hours: 120

# of Exercises: 14

# of CPE Credits Earned: 120

Delivery Method: Online Self-Study

Certificate Earned: Board Certification

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You have incredible potential to become one of your organization's greatest assets. But how do become an influential leader that can drive amazing results? Developing into a strong leader that people want to follow requires great mentorship. Mentors that can help you hone a very specific skill set based on timeless principles of the world's foremost experts in leading people. This incredible board certification in executive leadership blends the latest research and theories with values and principles that will help you to develop your leadership strengths in an effort to prepare you for greater challenges.

You will have an amazing opportunity to work closely with some of the industry’s greatest leaders in a dynamic, interactive environment, that helps shape effective leadership strategies with real results. You’ll be able to test new strategies and receive instant feedback, preparing you to return to your organization ready to make an immediate impact. And you’ll collaborate with other highly motivated individuals from around the world, increasing your professional network.

Executive Leadership Program Benefits & Value

  • Strengthen emotional intelligence for greater influence, stronger relationships, and higher levels of productivity from your team
  • Understand the importance of leadership and followership
  • Improve negotiation skills and understand how communication style influences leadership outcomes
  • Leverage organizational culture for best productivity and commitment
  • More effectively lead change initiatives to advance organizational growth
  • Learn from the CEO of one of the World‚Äôs Fastest-Growing Companies on the Inc. 500 for the last¬†6 years (#1 in education and professional development) and voted the #1 organizations to work for on the Best and Brightest List!

Your journey on earning this incredible credential will be filled with interactive video-based lectures, hands-on experiential workshops, small group discussions, and guest speakers. All in a stimulating environment on the McAfee Institute online platform, led by Joshua McAfee CEO and Founder of the McAfee Institute.

Explore the curriculum below:

  • Welcome To CEL
  • Developing the Leader Within
  • Building Trust and Credibility
  • Attracting Followers
  • Becoming a Leader of Influence
  • Finding Ways to Succeed
  • Understanding Leadership and the Sacrifice
  • Success, Victory, and Legacy
  • Leadership Research Assignment
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Professional Development
  • Final Board Exam

Want to learn more about the CEL? Within this program, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in executive leadership and position yourself as an industry-recognized leader upon completion of this incredible Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.

Exam Details Program - is graded on a pass/fail system by obtaining a 70% or better is considered a passing grade. The exam is taken online at the convenience of your home or office. It is a closed book exam and is 100 questions. The questions are in a true/false, multiple-choice & scenario-based format. It is a timed exam, you get 3 hours to complete the exam and you must do so in one sitting. Once you start the exam you must complete it. You get one attempt to pass the exam. If you fail the exam you must purchase a new exam license to sit for the exam.

    You can purchase an exam license here for $450 USD separately to sit for the exam if you don't buy the training bundle.

    The cost is $125 for an additional two years and requires proof of completion of 20 CPE credits. 


    Bachelor’s degree or higher plus two years of professional experience

    Associates degree plus three years of experience 
    High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience. 

    Also, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud, or the like shall be ineligible to become a CEL¬ģ. The applicant must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check and examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify the applicant from holding the credential.

    What if I don’t want to attend the training program. Can I just sit for the exam?

    You do not need to attend our training programs to sit for the board exam. 

    If you are interested in sitting for the exam only to become a Certified Executive Leader (CEL), you may obtain an exam license to do so. Exam licenses are valid for one year after purchase. Click the image below to purchase. 

    If you are interested in the Executive training only, you may do so by enrolling in the Qualified Executive Leader (Q|EL) program. Upon completion of the Qualified Executive Leader (Q|EL) training program, you will receive a certificate of completion. Click the image below to find out more.  

    Qualified Executive Leader (Q|EL)


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    The McAfee Institute has partnered with Credentialing Assistance (CA) to provide funding for training and exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential. > See more here

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    Veterans Benefits & G.I. Bill¬ģ

    This online program is¬†NOT eligible for veterans education benefits/G.I. Bill¬ģ.¬†GI Bill¬ģ is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at¬†> See more here

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    Excellent Course!

    A great course on leadership skills and techniques that really challenges some really good leadership research and study, and makes the learner rethink how to lead, motivate, and inspire teams. I highly recommend this course.

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    Certified Executive Leader

    My overall experience was excellent. The insructors were very knowledgeable and the course content was well written. Highly Recommend.

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    The training has a lot of information that I was not aware of even with the plenty of experience in the field. I find this course very interesting and productive in the field of Cyber Security.

    Mohammad I.

    Leadership for Everyone

    WOW!!! The detail in the course is amazing this really challenges the way you think of a leader. One of the biggest areas is conflict we all deal with it at some point. This program did a great job at breaking down the different components and how they play into different leadership styles. 5 stars!!!!

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