Professional Certification

The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC®) was created by IABC to offer certification at various levels and to promote a common, global understanding of what constitutes professionalism and competence in communications.

The GCCC is independent of IABC. Its members represent the communication industry worldwide and come from a broad spectrum of organizations. The independent status reflects the GCCC’s understanding of the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, managing conflict of interest, and ensuring the objectivity of its certification activities. Read more about the GCCC.

The GCCC currently offers two levels of certification. Both are ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Programs – Accreditation #1259, proving the prestige and value of these certification on an international scale:

  • Communication Management Professional (CMP®) – For generalist, specialist and other business communicators established in their careers as 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 Get Certified

As a business communicator, 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 it could help you land your next big opportunity or perform at a higher level in your current role. Plus, professionals who hold certification get the visibility of being included on a registry on the GCCC website.

How to Get Certified

Each level of certification requires that candidates demonstrate that they meet criteria in the following areas:

  • Relevant professional training and education.
  • Appropriate professional experience.
  • Knowledge of the field.

The candidate will complete an application and any required supporting documentation online. Once the application is reviewed and verified by the GCCC, the candidate has two years from the date of the accepted application to take and pass the exam. Note: There are application and exam fees.

The exam may be taken in person or via remote proctoring. Read more about the certification process, exam eligibility and fees.

Resources to Help You Get Certified


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