New Certification program launched

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After many months of work and consultation with communicators worldwide, the Global Communications Certification Council has launched the first level of a new certification program based on the Global Standard for communication developed by IABC.

The “Communication Management Professional” – the first of four anticipated levels – is aimed at the Generalist/Specialist with between 6 and 10 years of experience. The first examination will take place at IABC’s 2015 World Conference in San Francisco.

Certification is open to any communicator – whether an IABC member or not. In fact, it has been designed to encompass the essential skills and knowledge of communicators around the world and volunteers from many different professional organizations were involved in the development of the Global Standard and the examination.

The certification examination will assess communicators in the areas of:

  • ethics
  • research and analysis
  • strategy and engagement
  • consistency and strategic implementation
  • communication measurement

How does it work?
Interested candidates must first complete an application then write an examination to achieve certification. Applications are open now for the first examination in June. Subsequent examinations and test centres will be announced following the first round.

Certification maintenance
To maintain certification, a candidate will need to maintain 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 and a candidate handbook are available now on the IABC website at

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss certification further, please contact Kris Dundas, Certification Liaison, at

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