Professional Development

Take charge of your career

Tap into professional development, recognition and learning opportunities that will elevate your career, expand your knowledge and give you the critical edge you need to succeed. Built on a peer-created Global Standard and a Career Road Map for communication professionals, IABC’s professional development programs offer a variety of outstanding opportunities for life-long career growth.


The IABC World Conference is a long-standing, global professional development event designed for communication practitioners. The only major conference of its type, the event typically draws 1,000 attendees from around the world. Speakers are selected through a peer-reviewed process, with evaluations conducted by top experts in the field. Selections are based on alignment to the IABC Global Standard, and the degree to which the sessions will inform, engage and deliver on the conference theme.

The World Conference sessions will help you meet the application requirements for the Communication Management Professional (CMP) and Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) certifications. And if you already have your certification through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC), those credits may be applied toward maintaining your certification. Learn more.


IABC Advance delivers strategic communication education and training, to help communication professionals advance in their careers and generate tangible business results for their organizations and clients.


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.

The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) currently offers two certifications: the Communication Management Professional (CMP) and Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP), which follow the Global Standard of six essential guiding principles for the communication profession developed by IABC. Orient yourself within four career levels and define your career purpose. Learn more.

For questions about certification, contact info@gcccouncil.org.


Enter the prestigious Gold Quill Awards program and get the opportunity to have your work featured among the very best. Learn about other special IABC awards and what it takes to be recognized for exemplary achievement. Learn more.


IABC’s popular Job Centre offers positions at every level from all over the world. Learn more.


Regularly scheduled webinars provide you with strategies for addressing current and emerging issues facing communication professionals today (free with IABC membership).