IABC Certification Program

IABC professional certification gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your strategic communication knowledge and expertise, and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities. Through certification, you engage in a process of lifelong learning that elevates your career and provides a structure for keeping your skills fresh and applicable.

The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC®) currently offers two levels of certification: Communication Management Professional and Strategic Communication Management Professional levels.

Communication Management Professional (CMP) —For people established in their careers as communication managers and looking to demonstrate their competence.

Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) —For highly skilled business communicators practiced in providing strategic communication advice and counseling to an organization’s leadership.

Why become certified? Professional certification gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities. It will help you stand out to employers so you can elevate your career and keep your skills fresh and applicable. Achieving certification shows that a candidate has professional competence in six core principles that are the building blocks of their work, including ethics, strategy, analysis, context, engagement and consistency.

Where do I start?
Here’s a brief summary of the process:

Apply for certification. The application asks applicants to describe their education, training and experience, along with supporting documentation. The GCCC will assess and verify applicants’ skills, knowledge and experience. Candidates will be notified within 30 days if they are approved to proceed with the exam. If the application isn’t approved, the candidate will be notified and asked to provide the required information.

Prepare for the exam. The exam is in multiple-choice format and is conducted in English only. Exam questions are based on the following key areas and the associated knowledge that’s required for effective performance as a communication professional.

Write the exam. Approved candidates have two years from the date of their application to write and pass the exam. If the candidate is not successful, he/she can retake the exam within the two years.

Maintain certification. Individuals maintain their certification through annual continuing education (e.g. professional reading, attending recognized training or courses related to communication, mentoring, etc.).

For detailed information on the CMP or SCMP certification program or to apply, visit GCCCouncil.org.