The CDIO™ INITIATIVE is a growing educational framework currently implemented in 126 schools around the world. In January 2004, the CDIO Initiative adopted 12 standards to describe CDIO programs. These guiding principles were developed in response to program leaders, alumni, and industry partners who wanted to know how they would recognize CDIO programs and their graduates. The 12 CDIO Standards serve as tool for program adoption, evaluation, and continuous improvement. There is no formal certification as a CDIO Program; each institution/institutional department self-certifies using the CDIO Standards and demonstrates certification to its normal accrediting agency or organization. The CDIO Standards allow other academics and industry to identify clearly CDIO Programs and their graduates.