About us

Mission & Vision

Promoting the highest standards of education and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of industry and society, by leading the Blockchain, Crypto and Web3 profession globally.

Blockchain, Crypto & Web3 Profession

We believe that high-quality professionals contribute significantly to industry advancement and sustainable functioning. DEC Institute´s mission is to provide value to this profession through a platform for knowledge distribution and certification and by engaging with the industry to advance the newest developments, expertise and professional standards of practice.

Standard of Education

The blockchain, crypto, and Web3 industries are not easily accessible and move much quicker than educational developments. To deliver the highest standard of excellence and education, universities, research centres and educators require access to a holistic and up-to-date platform of learning resources, syllabi and examinations developed by DEC members and its professional community.

Professional Excellence

DEC Institute consolidates the industry’s cutting-edge thought leadership to support continued professional excellence to its members and charterholders. Expanding the suite of educational and certification products will support its members to deliver high-quality education, new workplace dynamics and professional development for talent entering the market.

Benefit to Industry & Society

The industry lacks trust and confidence, driven by the unprofessional behaviour of greedy and opportunistic individuals. Professional standards and cross-functional knowledge sharing are essential to allow the industry to deliver positive outcomes for society. DEC aspires to foster the development of professionals that serve the public interests.

What we do


Online Examination

Holistic, up to date and secure online examination 24/7/365, covering different professional disciplines around blockchain, digital assets and Web3


Academic Collaboration

Active members of the DEC co-define to global knowledge standard and syllabus of its certifications and provide content and learning materials to candidates.



The DEC works with enterprises to ensure that its certifications match the expectations of industry and enable certificate holders to show distinction in the professional environment



The DEC funds DLT research through its association to enable the blockchain ecosystem to grow and foster industry know-how and adoption

Partner Universities

Who developed CBX® and CDAA®?

University College London – UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

The UCL CBT was founded in 2016 to research the effects of Distributed Ledger Technologies and Blockchain into our socio-economic systems and to promote the safe and organic development and adoption of Blockchain-based platforms. The centre is the nucleus for DLT and Blockchain research and engagement across eight different departments at UCL and for its Research and Industry Associate network. Our Research and Industry Associate community consists of over 180 researchers and practitioners from UCL, other academic institutions and companies utilising DLT.

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Information Technology

Located in the Crypto Valley in Switzerland the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School for Information Technology was one of the first Universities focusing on Distributed Ledger Technologies. As a founding member of the Crypto Valley Association and organizer of the IEEE Crypto Valley Conference, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences is deeply rooted in the international blockchain scene. In addition, the Blockchain Lab of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and the CAS Blockchain program combines all activities of the Department of Computer Science.

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management – Blockchain Center

The Frankfurt School is one of Europe’s leading business school and the most aktive DLT University in Germany. The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a think tank and research center which investigates implications of blockchain technology, crypto assets and distributed ledger technology (DLT) for companies and their business models. Besides the development of prototypes, it serves as a platform for managers, startups, technology and industry experts to share knowledge and best practices. The Blockchain Center also provides new research impulses and develops trainings for students and executives. It focuses on industries such as banking, finance, mobility and, “Industrie 4.0”. 

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

The International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is a nationally accredited public technical and research university located in Hyderabad, Telangana, established in 1998 with government of India laying focus on Information Technology and other fields such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communication. It is one of the premier institutions of India and the IIT Hyderabad Blockchain Center of Excellence focused on academic research, technical development and offers advanced educational programs. IIT-H is also a founding member of the Blockchain District in Telangana, an initiative of the ITE&C Department of the Government of Telangana.

Politecnico Di Milano, Graduate School of Business

MIP is the Graduate School of Business part of the Politecnico di Milano ecosystem and the Politecnico School of Management. It is a innovation leader in digital learning which placed MIP amongst the top-ranked schools globally: 6th in the @QS Quacquarelli Symonds Online MBA Rankings and 8th in the @Financial Times Online MBA Rankings in 2021. At the School of Management, Osservatori Digital Innovation has developed the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Observatory, the Italian leader in research and knowledge distribution around DLT.

NUS National University of Singapore – FinTech Lab School of Computing

NUS FinTech Lab was set up to create experiential learning, connecting between government, corporate & academia, and community. The lab is led by an industry liaison group made up of a global set of representatives from business and financial institutions, government agencies and appointed faculty members of NUS Computing. The lab brings together a diversity of expertise to develop and apply emerging technologies around FinTech, as well as provide resources to train the next generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs, computer scientists and professionals. With their best-in-class Programmes, NUS FinTech lab functions as a platform of learning where students can showcase their innovative work, and industry players can learn how to leverage technological advancement to gain competitiveness.

The University of British Columbia - Blockchain@UBC

Blockchain@UBC is a multidisciplinary research cluster focusing on blockchain technology as a central component in investigating the broader research question “How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians and the world?” UBC engages in both research and education to advance the design, development and adoption of blockchain technologies. Their research initiatives bring academics, industry and community partners, and policy-makers together to explore pressing issues and advance the emergence of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Teaching initiatives span undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels to advance the knowledge and qualifications of students and professionals interested in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Yearly Activities

DEC´s active members meet each quarter for an online AMM (Active Member Meeting) where academia and industry leaders discuss and define topics such as:

  • Status and candidate feedback of the CBA® and CDAA® programme
  • Yearly syllabus updates and amendments to the programme
  • Submission of learning resources and study material by its members
  • Collaboration on education initiatives on DEC Institute´s learning platform
  • Collaboration on research initiatives across members
  • Event participation, sponsorships and networking across members


The DEC Institute, an internationally registered brand, has a dual organisational structure. It comprises the DEC Association: incorporated in the Kanton of Zug (Switzerland), a shareholder of DEC Education Services AG, and represented by its board and academic and industry members. The DEC Association defines the global knowledge standard and leverages the community network and incentives for active members. The DEC Education Services AG, incorporated in the Kanton of Zug (Switzerland), has the mandate from the Association´s board to commercially build, distribute and scale the DEC charter programmes in alignment with the Association´s interest. We believe a philosophy of candour and transparency is the key to facilitating a relationship of trust with our constituents and the public. If you have any questions or want more information, please email our Corporate Secretary at governance@decinstitute.org.