Government Blockchain Association Blockchain Certification


The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) offers Blockchain Certificaiton to private and public sectors. This credential is available to any GBA civil servant, professional or corporate member* and non-member**. Each certification requires the student demonstrate proficient knowledge and comprehension according to the learning objectives of each course.

Course Materials

Blockchain Foundations

This is a full one-day course that conveys the following information to students:

  • Why care about blockchain?
  • What is blockchain?
  • Government use cases, benefits, and risks
  • Examples of current real-world use and adoption of blockchain technology
  • Blockchain architecture
  • Smart contracts
  • Data storage on blockchain

The feedback from previous students that took this course has been extremely positive and they were emphatic that many others in government leadership should take this course.  The biggest take aways the students articulated were that blockchain technologies:

  • Are a complete paradigm shift in how people establish & maintain trust in business processes
  • May impact virtually every aspect of how the government does business
  • Have the potential to result in exponential improvements to the cost, speed and reliability of government processes, and
  • Will require significant education, training, and building sponsorship to implement solutions

Completion of this course is a prerequisite for several credentials including the GBA Certified Blockchain Consultant Certificate.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Rules and Regulations

This course includes the following topics:

  • What are cryptocurrencies?
  • Why are cryptocurrencies important?
  • Are cryptocurrencies safe?
  • How can I use cryptocurrencies?

Students are provided the information needed to understand the technology, environment and issues to establish legal and regulatory policies, regulations and laws.  It also helps citizens understand the topic well enough to comply with the legal and regulatory requirements.  The course focuses on looking at the subject matter from the following perspectives:

  • Legislators and lawmakers
  • Regulators and law enforcement
  • ICOs, Cryptocurrency creators and users

Blockchain Solution Architecture

This course describes the architectural and technical issues that must be considered before launching a blockchain development program.  There are many decisions and issues that face a new project team.  They include:Is a blockchain the right solution? Would a distributed database or other technology be adequate?

  • If so, what type of blockchain should be used? Should a blockless solution be used?
  • Should the solution be an open or closed blockchain?
  • Who are the participants in the blockchain
  • What consensus models and trust algorithm should be used?
  • What development platform should be used?
    • Should it be open source platform like BigChainDB, Elements Blockchain Platform, Eris:db, Multichain , Openchain, Quorum or Sawtooth Lake, Stellar.
    • Should a commercial development platform like Chain Core, Corda, Credits, Domus Tower Blockchain, Ethereum, HydraChain, Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Iroha, Hyperledger or Symbiont Assembly be used?
  • What sort of architectural and resource capabilities and constraints should be considered in making the early decisions that will have dramatic impact on the success of the project.

This course is intended for technical leaders who must make technical decisions about architecture, environment and development platforms.

Managing Blockchain Projects

This one-day course is intended for technical leads and managers to help them understand how to estimate, plan, track and manage blockchain development projects.  These types of projects have risks that are typically not associated with more traditional projects.  These risks include:

  • Immutability of code committed to a blockchain
  • Legal and regulatory compliance issues associated with assets like tokens and crypto currencies
  • Interoperability of blockchains and extremely complex interface agreements
  • Integrating blockchain applications with traditional software applications
  • Integrating blockchain applications with connected devices
  • Securing data feeds using blockchain technology

During this course, students will learn about how to use the Agile development methodology during blockchain and smart contract development.  Students will also learn how smart contracts can be used to develop software in an agile framework.

Leading Through Disruptive Paradigm Shifts

Past Performance does not guarantee future results.

The rules that applied to the past are not adequate when the foundational paradigm has shifted.

Failure to understand these changes have resulted in dramatic miscalculations.

1. In 2005, the Co-founder of YouTube, Steve Chen said the following:

There’s just not that many videos I want to watch.

He was expressing his concerns about YouTube’s future when he started it in 2005. A year later, he sold it to Google for $1.65 billion dollars.

2. In 2006, David Pogue, from The New York Times said the following:

Everyone’s always asking me when Apple will come out with a cell phone. My answer is, ‘Probably never.’

The iPhone came out a year later in 2007.

3. In 1995, The founder of 3Com, Robert Metcalfe, said the following:

I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.

(Robert said he would eat his words if he was wrong. At a conference in 1997, he put his article in a food processor and ate it).

4. In 1981The pioneer of wireless communication Marty Cooper said the following:

Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems.

5. In 1943 the president of IBM Thomas Watson said the following:

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

6. In 1946 Daryl Zanuck from 20th Century Fox said the following:

Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.

7. In 1929, the inventor of the Cinematograph Louis-Jean Lumière said the following:

Talking films are a very interesting invention, but I do not believe they will remain long in fashion.

8. In 1903 The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advised Henry Ford’s lawyer Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Company“ because of the following:

The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.

9. The great Thomas Edison said the following in 1889:

Fooling around with alternating current (AC) is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.

10. In 1876 William Preece from the British Post Office said the following:

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.