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 online exam applications. Simply log on to your NIRI account, and follow the link to My Certification under My Account Links. It is an easy, fast, confidential, and secure process.


Registration open for the November 16 - 23, 2019 testing window. The application deadline is October 19, 2019.

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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 practitioners 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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