Certification of personnel with fundamental knowledge and skills in the role of investor relations professionals.


To maintain a globally recognized standard, through the development and stewardship of a certification program, to advance the practice of investor relations and the professional competency and stature of IR professionals.


The objectives of NIRI’s Investor Relations Charter program are (1) to validate the professional’s fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the core tenets of investor relations and (2) to verify the professional’s ability to apply the underlying principles and synthesize the strategic concepts related to the practice of investor relations.


NIRI and its Certification Council and Committees shall safeguard the privacy of individuals, where applicable, and shall hold in confidence and in a secure manner the information obtained in the course of certification program activities at all levels of the organization, including the activities of all personnel acting on its behalf.

Where the law required information to be disclosed to a third party, the individual shall be notified of the information to be provided 10 days prior to the release of the requested information, unless prohibited by law.


Governance actions, policies, and procedures shall be fair toward candidates for certification and recertification. The Certification Council adheres to principles of fairness and due process and endorses the principles of equal opportunity. In administering the certification program, the Council shall not discriminate or deny opportunity to anyone on the grounds of gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic or classification.

Refer to the IR Credentialing Handbook for more information.