Join the growing number of certified communication professionals! Professional certification can elevate your career and help keep your skills fresh and applicable. It provides a great opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise – and a commitment to professional development. It could help you land your next big opportunity or perform at a higher level in your current role.

IABC launched a certification program that will offer four levels of certification to communication professionals, of which only two are currently available (see below). The certification program is administered by the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) – an arm’s length organization established by IABC for this purpose.

Learn more about GCCC and certification programs.

Two levels of certification are now available:

  • Communication Management Professional (CMP)— for generalist, specialist and other business communicators established in their careers and looking to demonstrate their competence.
  • Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP)— for highly skilled business communicators practiced in providing strategic communication advice and counsel to an organization’s leadership.

Steps to becoming certified

On the GCCC site:

  • Review the requirements
  • Download the latest candidate handbook
  • Submit your application and pay the fee

When your application has been approved, you’re ready to take the exam (see upcoming exam dates and locations).

Interested in writing an exam virtually?

Write the CMP or SCMP exam at the time and location that works for you with the new remote proctoring options. Learn about this new way to get certified on the GCCC website and read our blog post.

Interested in writing an exam in person?

The IABC/BC chapter is still able to host exam sittings in person (once or twice each year) if there are interested candidates. One exam session allows candidates to write at either level of certification. Contact careerdevelopment@iabc.bc.ca in confidence to let us know if you’re interested.

Maintain your certification

Once you’re certified, you must maintain your certification through continuing professional development and an annual fee.

How can IABC/BC support you?

From arranging an in-person exam to arranging a study group, we want to know what you need to complete your certification journey. Contact careerdevelopment@iabc.bc.ca.

Certified Communication Professionals in B.C.

Visit the GCCC website for the current list of CMP and SCMP graduates around the world. Congratulations to the following IABC/BC certified communicators (as of November 2023):

  • Adam Brayford, SCMP
  • Amanda Brittain, SCMP
  • Ashleigh Erwin, CMP
  • Elaine O’Connor, SCMP
  • Danelle Wettstein, CMP
  • Denise Orlandea, CMP
  • Heather Merry, SCMP
  • Jennifer Wah, ABC, MC, Fellow, SCMP
  • Jessie Scheele, CMP
  • Juli Holloway, SCMP
  • Kris Olsen, CMP
  • Kristin, Linklater, SCMP
  • Laurie Dawkins, ABC, MC, SCMP
  • Linda Ong, CMP
  • Lynne Carothers, CMP
  • Megan Clavelle, CMP
  • Quinn Newcomb, CMP
  • Shannon Henderson, SCMP
  • Stephanie Dunn, SCMP 

Want to know more?

To learn more about the certification exams and how to prepare for them, visit GCCCouncil.org to read the current Candidate Handbook, or get in touch careerdevelopment [at] iabc.bc.ca.