IABC's professional development program receives ISO equivalent accreditation

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) announced that its professional development initiative, the Global Communication Certification Council, has received international accreditation for its Communication Management Professional® (CMP) certification program.

The accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – a century-old organization whose members include government agencies, companies, academic and international organizations – employs a rigorous, often years-long process, including written and on-site evaluations of compliance. 

IABC is now the only communications organization to receive accreditation under the specific ANSI/ISO17024 standard for practitioners. 

“In a competitive professional landscape, CMP®’ is now the only communication program with this internationally recognized designation,” said Brad Whitworth, ABC, SCMP®, IABC Fellow and chair of the GCCC®. “Our certification provides practitioners with a significant distinction, both with their employer and the wider marketplace.” 

Since 2015, 242 people have received GCCC certifications. The programs are available to both IABC members and non-members.

“This internationally-accredited certification program is part of IABC’s Global Standard for students and professionals,” said Bonnie Caver, chair of IABC’s governing board. “Through the IABC career road map, communication professionals have the opportunity to grow throughout their careers, driving value and business results for their organizations with the highest of standards, focused around six core principles of ethics, consistency, context, analysis, strategy, and engagement.”