The IRC is the best-in-class certification, geared towards investor relations professionals ready to assume leadership in their profession by perfecting their skills and expanding their knowledge and skills.

What is the IRC®

Developed and managed by the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the Investor Relations Charter (IRC) not only establishes a framework for what defines the profession of investor relations, it likewise provides IR professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their core IR knowledge and skills, their expertise, and their commitment to answering to the highest standards within the profession.

Why Get Certified?

Certification is a recognition offered by an independent organization to validate the knowledge of a professional through standardized assessment. Participants who demonstrate that they meet the standards by meeting the stringent requirements and successfully completing a rigorous assessment are granted a time-limited certification. To retain certification, certificants must commit to life-long professional development and maintain continued competence.

Why Choose NIRI's IRC® Program?

NIRI is the largest professional investor relations association in the world, representing over 1,500 publicly held companies with more than $12 trillion in stock market capitalization. NIRI is at the forefront of advancing the IR profession through its various programs and resources. Of the several available credentials, IRC is the only certification program and benchmark for the investor relations profession. The program’s objective is to become a globally recognized professional standard that will advance the practice of investor relations and the professional competency and stature of IR professionals.

Benefits for the Professional

  • Enhances professional credibility
  • Increases professional recognition by peers
  • Indicates greater confidence in professional competence
  • Increases autonomy in the workplace
  • Validates specialized knowledge
  • Refines core knowledge and skills
  • Influences career mobility and better compensation
  • Demonstrates professional commitment
  • Indicates attainment of a practice standard
  • Requires commitment to life-long professional development

Benefits for the Employer

  • Worldwide-accepted benchmark for the investor relations profession
  • Developed with stringent best practices and rigorous international standard
  • Awarded by the certifying body of the largest association for investor relations
  • Qualified individuals for employment or advancement
  • Justification for potential compensation differential
  • Defines the profession and raises awareness through vigorous certification
  • Accountability through ethical conduct standards
  • Recertification requirements for continued and/or enhanced competence



Certification Process