Comprehensive renewal information and instructions can be found in the IRC Renewal Program Handbook.

The purpose of the IRC renewal program is to promote continued competence of Investor Relations Charter holders. This competence is defined as demonstrating specified levels of IR knowledge and skills at the time of initial certification, and throughout an individual’s professional career. 

The initial certification, earned through the application and exam process is valid for three years and is due for renewal by December 31st of the third year. The three-year cycle, which follows general guidelines, promotes current knowledge and skills in the evolving investor relations field of practice.

To satisfy the renewal program requirements, credential holders may claim the professional development activities they complete after the effective date of their certification. Such activities should be focused on investor relations areas of practice identified in the IR Competency Framework

Once completed, IRC certificants are encouraged to add their professional development units to the interactive Renewal Application. 

Download the Interactive renewal application and submit it electronically here


The renewal program is flexible to accommodate the diverse learning styles and approaches to professional development.

A minimum of 30 approved Professional Development Units (PDUs) is required for successful certification renewal. The PDUs can be earned in a variety of manners from an abundance of qualifying actions. Such manners include but are not limited to membership in a recognized IR association, attendance at industry conferences, seminars, webinars, chapter events , and other educational activities that will enhance the knowledge and skills of our credential holders.



Certified In Renewal Application + Fee Are Due In
2016 2019, 2022, 2025, 2028
2017 2020, 2023, 2026, 2029
2018 2021, 2024, 2027, 2030
2019                                   2022, 2025, 2028, 2031


Member Fee $ 300      
Non-Member Fee $ 450
Retired Status Fee $ 125
Reactivation Fee $ 250