Certification program kicks off, adds new exam dates, including Toronto

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new Communications Managegement professionalsThe communications profession welcomed its first five Communication Management Professionals (CMPs) following the exam at the IABC World Conference in June. Among them were 3 Canadians Priya Bates, ABC, MC, CMP (IABC Toronto), Fraser Tingle, CMP (IABC Calgary) and Rachel Wong, CMP (IABC/BC).

Could you be next?
The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) has announced 11 new exam locations around the world, including October 17, 2015 in Toronto and April 2016 in Toronto (exact date to be announced).

The Communications Management Professional is the first of four new professional designations to be rolled out through the Global Communication Certification Council. This council is comprised of professionals from around the world, representing many different professional communications organizations, including IABC.

The CMP is aimed at the Generalist/Specialist with 6-10 years experience, however it is open to everyone and there is a price incentive for those who have previously achieved the Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) designation. Both IABC members and non-members may apply.

How does it work?

Interested candidates must first complete an application and submit it online at

Candidates must describe their education, training and experience, and provide supporting documentation. Once accepted, candidates have up to 2 years to write an examination.

The certification examination assesses communicators in the areas of:

  1. ethics
  2. research and analysis
  3. strategy and engagement
  4. consistency and strategic implementation
  5. communication measurement

Certification maintenance
To maintain certification, candidates will need to engage in a basic level of relevant professional development activities on an annual basis. These can include a combination of IABC activities or professional development opportunities with other recognized associations, formal training or courses of study at educational institutions, professional reading, formalized teaching, coaching or mentoring, or participation in a leadership role for a professional communication organization such as IABC.

Details on the application, including fees, exam dates and locations, and a candidate handbook are available at
Should you have any questions or wish to discuss certification further, please contact Kris Dundas, Certification Liaison, at

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