The IRC Credential is the Standard for IR Professionals

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

We are now accepting exam applications for November 1-30, 2021 testing window. The initial application deadline is September 15. The final application deadline is October 15. For test center updates visit

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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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 2,800 members representing over 1,350 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.

Value of the IRC Certification

The IRC is the best-in-class certification geared towards IR professionals. Learn more about what it is, why to get certified, and see benefits for both the professional and employer.

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Online Learning Offer

Submit your IRC exam application now and get a $200 discount on the IR Competency Suite™ .

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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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