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Associate Business Strategy Professional (ABSP)

The Overview

ABSP prepares graduating business and management students best for quick, impressive starts to their careers, and faster growth as well.

The credential tops-up your great business degree, as the ABSP is a top-ranking qualification respected around the world as the most authoritative ratification of the potential and promise of business professionals to apply business strategy knowledge and perspective for achieving extraordinary results for their departments and organizations. You can register for ABSP anywhere you may be in the world, and take your certification exam right in your city.

Associate Business Strategy Professional


Pre-registrations are currently open for the spanking new ABSP version marked to the updated The Strategy Institute 4M-BSP Ver 16-2.3 launching 19 August, 2019.

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ABSP Exam Fee: $ 450 USD

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The moment you decide you have to look at a bigger, swankier business and management career, just storm right into the ABSP segment on The Strategy Institute website, anytime of the day – or better still – even in the night! Pick a coffee. Just click Apply. And within minutes, you’ll be done – registered for what is the world’s most powerful qualification the young and the driven business and management professionals can earn today! Everything happens smooth: you apply; you complete your ABSP registration; schedule your ABSP exam and pay-up for it using your credit card, and receive a couple of email notes from us – all before you finish your coffee! In the meanwhile, your smart and meaty ABSP™ learning resources kit has been pushed on its way to you.

World’s Best Learning Resources on Business Strategy

Unlike other certification bodies, The Strategy Institute neither provides any special exam preparation material, nor asks individuals registered for ABSP Certification to purchase any such text or kits from any external organization. Instead, The Strategy Institute focuses on empowering the registrants with text and learning resources that help them build and expand their knowledge of Business Strategy. The Strategy Institute, hence, does provide the ABSP Resource Box complimentary to every ABSP registrant, containing printed and electronic resources with complete information on the ABSP Certification as well as the latest on The Strategy Institute standards and Business Strategy theory and practice. The Resource Box includes The Strategy Institute flagship publication– Business Strategy- Handbook by The Strategy Institute– the world’s first and the only standards-aligned and the most authoritative text on the science and art of Business Strategy ever. It’s a book for life for all business and management professionals, and also the most important reading reference for preparing for ABSP Certification exams. The electronic resources include an e-Copy of the ABSP™ Exam Preparation Guidelines. Once you receive ABSP Resource Box, you are set for commencing your journey to becoming a business and management professional ready for the most very best of global employers. Start your preparation for your online-proctored ABSP™ exam, which you can take almost anywhere you may be – in the comfort of your home or office after getting your computer and exam room The Strategy Institute-verified and approved for the exam.

The Candidacy Tracks

ABSP Track

The following table summarizes the specifics of what it takes to become an ABSP. Following is the convenient track covering business and management students from diverse backgrounds and experience to earn an ABSP!

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Students or holders of a Graduate/ Master's Degree or Diploma qualification in Business/ Finance/ Management/ Economics, or in any other business-related discipline can apply for ABSP

  • Minimum Work Experience
    Experience not mandatory; basic understanding about the organized business/ enterprise functions like planning, marketing, finance, research, sales, human resource or accounting etc., is desirable

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There are six distinct stages of your journey toward becoming a ABSP. Here's what these stages look like. Of course, we've just tried to take you through a quick tour, so many of the details may be missing. You may Contact Us for more information.

All The Strategy Institute certifications mandate you to meet certain educational and work experience requirements to become eligible. The requirements for each certification is unique, so before proceeding, check if you satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements for the ABSP certification, you wish to apply for.
It is recommended that you keep this information handy as it will be required while filling up your online application.

Once you have satisfied the ABSP eligibility requirements, it is time to apply. Start the application process by creating your myAccount. Once you have submitted the online application and made a successful payment of the fee, you will immediately receive an acknowledgement response email with instructions for the next step in the assessment process.

An internal check is conducted to validate your credentials against the prescribed candidacy prerequisites for earning the ABSP certification.

Post your payment confirmation, you will receive your unit of the ABSP Resource Box containing reading and learning material at the address you have registered with us. Normal delivery timeframe is 3-4 weeks.

The Strategy Institute earmarks a 45-day immersion period for ABSP™ registrants to help them orient completely and build their conceptual foundations in Business Strategy. You can schedule your ABSP™ exam anytime after the 45-days immersion period is over. In fact, you also get an additional 135-days to plan for and take your ABSP™ exam.

If you qualify the ABSP certification exam and meet other conditions laid down by the Business Strategy Certifications Board (BSCB), you are recommended for the award of ABSP Credential and the ABSP Digital Badge is immediately issued to you. You can expect the shipment of the physical credential pack to reach you within three to four weeks from the date of the credential- award.

The Digitally Badged ABSP

ABSP Credential, by dint of its digital badge by CredBadge , chips in your business degree. This digitally-equipped certification is the most convincing endorsement of your potential and promise to the onset of your industry careers.

digital badge

ABSP Credential Upgrade to SBSP

Upgrade is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. When you upgrade, you show your continuing competence and commitment to the profession. If you fulfill the candidacy norms of SBSP, The Strategy Institute will send reminder emails for upgrading your credential, or you can log into myAccount and register for ABSP upgrade to SBSP. In order to receive email reminders from The Strategy Institute, please make sure to keep your email address current.

Upgrading your ABSP Credential to SBSP Credential

  • Step 1. Register for the ABSP™ renewal program by logging into your myAccount.
  • Step 2. Pay your ABSP™ renewal fee online.
  • Step 3. Complete the TheStrategyInstitute prescribed learning program online followed by a small assessment.
  • Step 4. Receive ABSP™ Credential renewal confirmation immediately from TheStrategyinstitute.
  • Step 5. Get your renewed ABSP™ Credential certificate & a new digital badge.

ABSP Credential Upgrade Policy – 2018

  • Life of the Credential (in years from the date of award)+

    The ABSP Credential is valid for 3 years. The ABSP Credential is not renewable, and can only be upgraded to SBSP Credential-holders will be required to upgrade their ABSP Credential to SBSP – as applicable or permissible – to remain certified.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Policy+

    An ABSP Credential can be upgraded* to SBSP, subject to fulfilment of the candidacy norms by the credential-holder, and upon successful completion of the prescribed online SBSP assessment as per the latest 4M-BSP Body of Knowledge in the nearby test center.

    *Two months before the expiry of the credential validity of award of ABSP™. Please note that after upgrade to SBSP, your ABSP Credential will expire. Refer to the fee schedule, ABSPU-1 for upgrade to SBSP.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Window+

    The ABSP Credential Upgrade Window will open 60 days before the expiry of the credential and ends after 60 days from the date of expiry of the ABSP credential.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Deadline+

    Before the expiry of the credential validity, e.g.; if the credential, was awarded on April 1, 2014, the Standard Upgrade Deadline will be March 31, 2017 i.e. 3 years after the award of the credential.

  • Credential Upgrade Convenience Period+

    An ABSP Credential can be upgraded to SBSP, within maximum 60 days from the date it expires, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABSPU-2). If upgrade formalities are not completed within this period, the upgrade to SBSP option will be withdrawn; in this case the ABSP Credential will expire.

  • Validity of a Upgraded Credential+

    The SBSP Credential’s validity will start 1 day after the expiry of the previously awarded credential i.e. ABSP. e.g.; if the ABSP Credential is expiring on March 31, 2017, the SBSP credential validity will start from April 1, 2017 irrespective of the actual date of upgrade for the next 3 years only.

ABSP Upgrade Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Upgrade Categories Fees Deadline
ABSPU-1 Standard Upgrade to SBSP USD 350 60 days before the expiry of the credential validity of award of ABSP™.
ABSPU-2 Upgrade During The
Convenience Period
USD 400 60 days after the expiry of the credential validity of award of ABSP™.
Credential Case

The ABSP Credential Case

A stylish hard case credential cover acts as an enticement to lure the hardworking aspirants to work a smidgeon tougher for The Strategy Institute Certification exam. As and when you qualify the elite ABSP exam, you receive the beautiful credential case enclosing the credential certificate, along with a designation pin to be put on your top pockets, which flaunts your credential. The case completes with the third component, which is The Strategy Institute Code of Ethics booklet, which is a delight to keep forever.



Pre-registrations are currently open for the spanking new ABSP version marked to the compliant to the
updated 4M-BSP Knowledge Grid Release 16.1.3. launching 19 August, 2019.

Pre-Register Now