The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) announced that it has received a second international accreditation, this time for its Strategic Communication Management Professional® (SCMP) certification program. This recognition follows last year’s similar accreditation for the Communication Management Professional® (CMP) designation. The GCCC is a professional development initiative of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
“More than ever, communication professionals around the world need to be recognized for their strategic value,” said Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP®, and chair of the GCCC. “Our certification program provides communication professionals with the credibility, credentials and confidence to maintain their relevance in a global marketplace and signals to employers that they uphold the highest professional and ethical standards.”
The GCCC’s two programs are the only communication certification programs in the world developed to conform to ISO standard 17024, which is the benchmark for organizations providing certification of individuals. Both certification programs have now achieved accreditation in ISO standard 17024 following a rigorous, years-long process, including written and on-site evaluations of compliance conducted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The GCCC certifications signify that a holder has met the criteria of education, professional training, experience and knowledge of the field as determined through a standardized examination. The CMP® is designed for communication professionals established in their careers and looking to demonstrate their competence, while the SCMP® is for highly-skilled professionals practiced in providing strategic communication counsel to an organization’s leadership. Since 2015, more than 290 people have received one of the GCCC certifications.
Research demonstrates the benefits of certification:
- Certified professionals are three times more likely to get shortlisted by a recruiter;
- More than 50% of certified professionals are promoted within six months of getting a certification: and
- Six of 10 certified professionals received a pay rise within six months of getting certified.
GCCC’s certification programs are available to both IABC members and non-members. More information and upcoming exam dates can be found at https://gcccouncil.org/.
The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) is comprised of offices representing the communication industry worldwide and serves as an autonomous governing body of the Global Communications Certification Program. The independent status reflects the GCCC’s understanding of the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, managing conflict of interest, and ensuring the objectivity of its certification activities. Membership in IABC is not a condition of Council membership or certification.