16-18, May 2017


Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski,Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


40 Professional Speakers

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) • University of Business and Technology • LEEA lifts the standard • Knowledge Train • Morgan International • RICS • Oakwood • The KPI Institute • Middle East Logistics Institute • The Association of Accounts and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA) • IRU • The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)® • The Bradfield Group • Laimoon • Roshcomm • Resource Inspection Canada Incorporated (RICI) • Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) • BAE Systems Saudi Development & Training (SDT) • CompTIA • CIFA Arabia • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) • Innovation Institute • Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) •

  The only Certification Exhibition for Business Professionals in the Middle East

CERTX is the 1st International Conference and Exhibition for Professional Certification organised in the capital city Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the theme "Professional certification: The driving force behind a knowledge-based economy". The event will be one of the largest international events specialised in introducing pioneering international organisations and companies in the field of professional certification to contribute in enriching and spreading a culture of continuous learning, innovation and professional development.

The organisers, sponsors, presenters and participants of the CERTX seek from this international event that it forms a link between pioneering international institutions that offer quality international standards and benchmarking education and knowledge with local students, young professionals, and training and educational institutions. CERTX also aims at transferring knowledge and technology and building relationships of sustainable partnership to enhance and push for building a knowledge-based society and economy.

Why Saudi Arabia

"We want to work on the method of preparing the Saudi worker or employee to enter the labor market. The output of the educational system and linking it to the market needs and the future vision - especially for next year - will also be very crucial for preparing the Saudis to enter the labor market or for any procedures in this regard."
HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - From an interview with Al Arabiya.
As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is moving towards its 2030 vision focusing on economy diversification and encouraging foreign investment in its local markets, it has become a necessity to ensure that the local human capital meets the requirements of both the public and private sectors to support this transformation and drive the country's growth.
The Kingdom is one of the world's largest investors in knowledge development with an investment in education and training sectors that has reached $400 billion over the past 10 years; however, while the country's science and technology system has taken important strides forward, there is still a tremendous gap between education systems outputs and market needs. Recognised professional certifications play a key role in framing this market and help understanding its complex requirements. The large young Saudi population needs new ways of increasing its knowledge and competence to meet the changes in the competitive local job environment.

Featured Speakers

Brian Dickson
Senior Vice President
Osama Al Hashim
Ministry of Civil Services
Marwan Al Shafie
Ministry of Labor and Social Development
Khaled Elmobkey
Human Capital Strategy
Transformation and Change Management Advisor
Saad M. Al-Sayari
Director General of Human Resources,Ministry of Commerce and Investment
Mihai Toma
Head of Professional Practice MENA
The KPI Institute
Philip Weights
Managing Director
Enhanced Banking Governance GmbH
Joel Carboni
Dr. Cesar Baena
Dean and Director of Doctoral Research
International School of Management (ISM)
Alex Fraser
Chief Executive
The London Institute of Banking and Finance
Samir Noman
Microsoft Arabia
Jim Kaitz
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association for Financial Professionals
Jason MacKenzie
Chartered Institute of Public Relations

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CERTX Event Format



A world-class exhibition for over 50 global and local companies and organisations specialised in professional certifications, learning and development, and certified trainings



An exclusive platform for industry key players and stakeholders to discuss the Kingdom’s human capital development plans and strategies and the role of professional certification in driving the country’s 2030 vision.

Professional Trainings

Professional Trainings

Hands-on specialised trainings developed by industry experts for professionals seeking to advance their career and improve their practical skills and competence. To ensure maximum benefit, selected training will provide professional certifications

Practical Workshops

Practical Workshops

Cutting-edge workshops in an interactive session format, focusing on current major industry challenges. CERTX workshops will be led by international professionals with extensive experience in their fields. They will provide the attendees with an opportunity to learn latest technology updates, solutions and strategies they can implement in their daily work to improve operation, production and performance

Networking Opportunities

Networking Opportunities

Network with event exhibitors, visitors, delegates and speakers in a 5-star networking environment, strategically designed to offer you exclusive networking and opportunity to expand your business contacts. Full exhibitors and sponsors list will be posted before the event to allow participants to effectively schedule and manage their meetings.

One-on-One Business meetings

One-on-One Business meetings

CERTX provides the perfect platform to meet with potential clients and partners. To increase time-effectiveness and maximise your benefit of participating, pre-organised meetings with delegates of your choice.


  • Explore latest developments in global certification programmes across industries
  • Meet and network with international thought leaders in professional development and certification
  • Identify the right certification programme to improve your skills and knowledge and advance your professional development
  • Evaluate the latest competing programs and services you need to accelerate your career
  • Attend professional and technical training workshops and earn international certifications
  • Cutting-edge conference programme hosting senior government officials and certification experts who will speak on the industry’s latest and most crucial topics
  • Explore local policies regulating certification programmes and employments


Venue Details:

  • Date : 16-18, May 2017
  • Venue : Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski
  • Location : Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

CERTX Exhibition Opening Timings:

  • Day One : 16th May 10 am - 8 pm
  • Day Two : 17th May 10 am - 8 pm
  • Day Three : 18th May 10 am - 8 pm