Communications Certification

Elevate Your Career — Get Certified

Get professional certification to help keep your skills fresh and demonstrate your experience in the communications field.

IABC provides its members with the great opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise thanks to The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC). Not familiar with GCCC? This video shares five reasons to get certified.

Get certified as a communications professional

IABC Ottawa is hosting planning it’s next exam (in person) on Saturday May 28, 2022.   Successful applicants can write one of two exams on the examination date:

  • The 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.

Start your application

IABC members wishing to take the exam must first apply and be approved. For the application to be successful, GCCC requires applicants to describe their education, training, and experience in the communications field.

Importantly, all communications professionals can take the certification exam, however, IABC members receive a significant discount and access to IABC resources to help study for the exam.


Learn more about the application process or find out about other dates to write the exam in other cities in Canada and around the globe.


Have questions? Come to the FREE Information Lunch and Lean on Thursday February 24, 2022 (12pm to 12:45pm). Register here!

April 28th

Application deadline to write in Ottawa

May 9th

Deadline to register for Ottawa exam

May 28th

Exam in Ottawa

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“Obtaining professional certification in communications was a personal goal I had set for myself some time ago. Although I felt that I knew my craft well and kept up to speed on the latest trends, I wanted to prove to myself that I met a certain global standard within the profession. My advice is this: if you think you might be ready, take the leap! It’s worth it!”

– Samantha Rae Ayoub, CMP

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We are an organization of professional communicators who work toward advancing careers of individual members as well as advancing the communications field as a whole.

Membership with IABC/Ottawa includes access to a network of local members, professional development workshops, meet-ups, webinars and more.