The IRC Credential is the Standard for IR Professionals

Certifying investor relations competencies across key disciplines including finance, strategy, and communications.

PSI owned and operated test centers in the US and around the globe will be temporarily closed from March 19 through April 14 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Applicants approved to test in March will have their applications transfered to the June 20-27 testing window at no additional cost. Contact Iman Hannon if you have any questions or need further assistance.

We are now accepting online exam applications. Log on to your NIRI profile, locate My Account Links, and follow the link to My Certification. It is an easy, fast, confidential, and secure process.

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Registration open for the June 20 - 27, 2020 testing window. The initial application deadline is April 25, 2020.

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Why Become Certified?

Investor relations professionals have a high degree of responsibility and can make a significant impact within their organizations. This demands competence across key disciplines including finance, strategy, and communications. Earning the IRC demonstrates necessary knowledge and skills in the IR Competency Framework, the ten subject areas essential to performing the investor relations function, namely:
  • IR Strategy Formulation
  • IR Planning, Implementation and Measurement
  • Corporate Messaging Development
  • Investor Marketing and Outreach
  • Corporate Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Business Insight
  • Strategic Counsel and Collaboration
  • Capital Markets and Capital Structure
  • Corporate Regulatory Compliance
  • Corporate Governance.

Why Choose NIRI's IRC?

With more than 3,300 members representing over 1,600 publicly held companies worldwide, the National Investor Relations Institute is the world’s oldest and largest investor relations industry professional association.

Developed through the collaboration of its professionals and constituents, NIRI’s IRC credential assures those in the corporate, agency, and investment communities that the charterholder has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and skills for competence across the IR discipline. New testimonials from several IRC credential holders can be found here.

Certification Directory

This Certification Directory recognizes the investor relations professionals who have successfully earned the Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) credential by fulfilling numerous prerequisites, including passing a rigorous exam, and currently hold an active certification status.

The search result will provide the credential holder's certification effective and expiration dates, and more.

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