IABC welcomed the final class of Accredited Business Communicators (ABCs) who completed program requirements by 30 September. During 2013, 90 new ABCs were accredited for a total of 1,003 worldwide. Join us in congratulating the new class of ABCs!
A special celebration of the ABC program -- which turns 40 years old in 2014 -- is planned for the World Conference in Toronto. Stay tuned for more details.
Applications to IABC's accreditation program are suspended while a new certification program is being developed. Our accreditation program has been through a number of changes in its 40 years to keep pace with the evolution of our industry. Our goal is to improve the program to better serve the changing needs of 21st century communication professionals.
The target date for the opening of a pilot program is June 2014. Active 2013 candidates who didn't pass the ABC exam will be eligible to take the new certification exam at no additional charge, as long as he/she meets the new application requirements, which are currently being developed.
If you have any questions about your status, please contact IABC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the Certification Question & Answer for the latest update on the certification program revision.
Currently, eight volunteers are being sought to form a new global Certification Council. Applications are open until 10 January 2014. Applicants need to submit an application via AwardSentry. To learn more, read the Certification Council Question & Answer for the latest update on the Certification Council's role in developing a new certification program.
Our thanks to the IABC Accreditation Committee for all their hard work in shepherding this program and for giving of themselves to help elevate the communications profession worldwide.
Accreditation Committee Members
- Gloria Walker, ABC, Chair
- Stephanie Griffiths, ABC, Vice Chair
- Jennifer Wah, ABC, Past Chair
- Dan Maceluch, ABC, Director of Portfolios
- Dr. Rajeev Kumar, ABC, Director Outside North America
- Ginger Homan, ABC, North America Director
- Gail Pickard, ABC, Director of Evaluators
- Mary Ann McAuley, ABC, Director of Examinations
- Shawna Cass, ABC, Director of Examinations
For questions or comments, please email