Get recognised with Global Certification
Professional certifications give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities. They engage you in a process of life-long learning that elevates your career and provides a structure for keeping your skills fresh and applicable.
Last year the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC), a team of communication professionals assembled by IABC’s International Executive Board (IEB), launched a new certification program.
The Communication Management Professional certification is aimed a mid-level stage in the communication professional’s development and is designed around ISO (17024), an international standard for professional certifications. Getting certified is actually very simple – there are just three steps:
- Detailing your experience, education and skills in an online questionnaire (showing that you have at least six years of experience)
- Taking the CMP exam – a multiple choice test; and
- Maintaining a record of your learning and personal development.
Melbourne is hosting the 2016 CMP Exam
This year we’re hosting the exam on October 15, 2016 (exam registration deadline is October 1, 2016). If you would like more information about certification please email GCCC@iabc.com
Top 3: with APAC’s first CMPs
We spoke with certified Communication Management Professionals from around the APAC region to get a better understanding of the process involved in becoming a certified CMP. This month, we spoke with Patricia Mallam from Fiji.
Patricia Mallam – Nadi, Fiji
What surprised you most when you were preparing to sit the exam? (e.g. gaps in your knowledge, reinforcement of what you’ve learned on the job, etc.)
From the onset, I was not expecting too many technical questions and calculations, however, thinking about it post-exam, I realised just how ingrained those technical skills and calculations have become in my daily work, that I do them relative to the project I’m working on. It was refreshing to apply those skills to other scenarios.
What do you think having the CMP designation will mean in terms of your career goals?
The certification is just the beginning of my journey as a communications management professional because of the requirements to maintain it. It is serious business!
Having this globally recognised certification adds value to my current role, meaning that Fiji is in safe hands, when you consider my current role as Head of Communications for Tourism Fiji, pretty much ensuring how Fiji is represented globally as a destination to visit. My goal is to assist other communications professionals in Fiji specifically, to consider pushing themselves to achieve accreditation as well so that we can create a strong network to share knowledge and experience in a geographically isolated region. This in turn will see a multiplier effect in the local economy in the long run, by reducing the resources spent on outsourcing communications work to international agencies and hiring specialists from other countries because the Fijian skill base would have been strengthened to meet the business needs.
Who would you recommend undertakes CMP and why?
I would recommend the CMP for the more senior communications professionals because you need a really good practical knowledge of communications in order to be successful.