Learn & certify with IABC

IABC is the world’s premier resource for communication training. From in-depth conferences and seminars to convenient virtual learning sessions delivered
directly to wherever you are, IABC gives you access to
some of the greatest minds in the profession.

Learning & Education

Whether you want to learn from local, regional or international professionals, learning and education at IABC is rooted in learning from each other and notable, key leaders in the industry. In many cases, education opportunities are minimal to no cost, depending on the host chapter or event. Take advantage of learning through IABC to grow your knowledge, skills and career!

IABC/San Diego Chapter Learning

IABC/San Diego offers monthly opportunities to connect with local communicators and learn from industry leaders. We offer at least six educational events per year which feature engaging speakers focused on sharing best practices across all communication disciplines. These sessions provide insights you can use in your organizations immediately. We also offer at least six social networking opportunities per year which offer opportunities to make new local connections. Attend our next event! 

IABC Academy

The IABC Academy provides online professional development for business communicators to help advance their careers and generate real business results for their organizations. Our online workshops offer in-depth learning to build critical skills and knowledge. Through live, on-demand and self-paced workshops by leading experts in their fields, IABC Academy participants get exceptional instruction that supports long-term problem-solving and enhances career growth, now and into the future. Visit the IABC Academy.

IABC Shared Interest Groups

Join a Shared Interest Group (SIG) to connect with experts. IABC International has six Shared Interest Groups that offer global communities to unite members to develop their interests free of charge. You’re welcome to engage by joining the following LinkedIn groups and/or attending virtual events:

If there’s a topic you’re interested in or you’d like to join the conversation, please email us at sandiego-info@iabc.com.

IABC Advance

IABC provides our members with the best possible resources for your professional development. IABC Advance offers members and non-members a place to learn, connect, and advance their professional knowledge and acumen. You can also earn credits toward your SCMP® or CMP® certifications. Access IABC's professional development portal of syndicated content from chapters across the globe. Access IABC Advance.

The Hub

The greatest benefit of IABC membership is its access to communicators across the globe. IAB's The Hub, is an open discussion board to connect and share knowledge with other industry experts to help guide your career, answer your questions, and provide guidance to other communicators like you. Access The Hub.

IABC Catalyst

IABC Catalyst is the office podcast and article resource of IABC. Access is open to both members and non-members, the online publication includes articles and podcasts to help you navigate your career, understand business acumen, and explore innovations happening in our industry. Access IABC Catalyst.

IABC World Conference

World Conference is your opportunity to connect with communication professionals from around the globe, hear from industry experts during exceptional sessions, and leave this powerful event with knowledge that is career-elevating for you and for your organization. Members receive discounted registration rates for this annual event every summer. Join hundreds of communicators from around the world. Learn more about IABC World Conference.


Professional certifications through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC®) give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, and provide evidence of your abilities. Becoming certified engages you in a process of life-long learning that elevates your career and provides a structure for keeping your skills fresh and applicable.

Why get certified

As a business communicator, 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.

CMP® & SCMP® Certifications

The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC®) offers two levels of certification:

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. For detailed information on the CMP® or SCMP® certification program, check out the handbook. Learn more about IABC certifications.