Certifications Framework

Institute Certifications Framework

THINK Global Institute’s (PTY) LTD and the Digital Marketing Institute’s Certification Framework describes what a professional should know, understand and be able to do on the basis of a given certification level. A framework also demonstrates how learners can progress through higher levels of certification within a framework. Universities, colleges, training companies and employers in over 90 countries now implement certifications from this Certification Framework.

The Framework operates internationally and importantly also provides a basis for professional certifications within the Digital Sales & Marketing Industry. It allows students, educators and employers to easily understand a professional’s competency and assists in portability between countries or employers.

THINK Global Institute’s (PTY) LTD and the Digital Marketing Institute’s Certification Framework provides a system around which the key stakeholders can gather – Students, Professionals, Educators and Employers. It allows all groups to understand the certification standards, the skills and competencies and modes of assessment and furthermore it relates these certifications to industry-specific roles and jobs. The certification is the currency that flows between these key stakeholder groups.

Objectives of the Framework

The objectives of the THINK Global Institute (PTY) LTD. Certification Framework is to provide a contemporary and flexible system that:

  • acts as a reference point for curriculum development that leads to a Digital Marketing Institute professional certification
  • supports industry education pathways which provide access to certifications that allow individuals to move easily between different educators and industry roles
  • defines a clear progression route for professionals
  • supports and enhances the recognition of the value of Digital Marketing Institute certifications in industry
  • enables a level of alignment with other international certification and qualification frameworks


Industry Advisory Council

The Industry Advisory Council (formally called the Syllabus Advisory Council), representing the world’s largest and most influential digital brands, validates all THINK Global Institute’s (PTY) LTD) certification standards via the Digital Marketing Institute courses, syllabus, curriculum and assessment tools. By providing expert review and recommendations on a regular basis, the Council ensures that THINK Global Institute (PTY) LTD / Digital Marketing Institutes, Certified Professionals have learned the most up to date digital skills, core competencies and knowledge needed to thrive in their digital careers.

The Industry Advisory Council’s role is to provide:

  • Industry validation of the certifications through an iterative review process
  • Industry policy advice on professional certifications
  • maintain, monitor and promote the THINK Global Institute (PTY) LTD / Digital Marketing Institutes Certification Framework
  • support the stakeholders and users of the framework – students, professionals, educator and employers

The Industry Advisory Council includes an independent chair and members from the digital industry, educators, employers and recruitment specialists, and policy makers.


The majority of our certifications are mapped to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and are also defined in terms of their position within the EHEA.

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a “translation tool that helps communication and comparison between qualifications systems in Europe. Its eight common European reference levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. This allows any national qualifications systems, national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) and qualifications in Europe to relate to the EQF levels. Learners, graduates, providers and employers can use these levels to understand and compare qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems.” http://ec.europa.eu/

The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was launched in March 2010, and is designed to ensure more comparable, compatible and coherent systems of higher education in Europe. It is designed to foster student mobility and employability through the introduction of a system based on undergraduate and postgraduate studies with easily readable programmes and degrees. http://www.ehea.info/