How to Maintain and Renew your Communications Certification

Congratulations on achieving your CMP or SCMP certification! You are among the first communicators in our global profession to pioneer this initiative and open the trail for others to follow.

As part of your certification, you need to earn 40 points based on the chart below to meet an annual maintenance requirement and that you complete your annual maintenance by your certificate expiration date. However, you may submit a report of your maintenance activities at anytime within the 12-month period.

The annual maintenance fee of US$100 is due when you submit your report. For more information on how to report your activities, please contact the GCCC Certification Program Manager at

Continuing Professional Development Rubric

Ways to earn professional development points to renew your certification
Professional Development Category Points Awarded
Appropriate professional reading (books or journals) Five (5) points each for articles or journal chapters, ten (10) points each for books
Attendance at recognized training or a course of study related to communication Ten (10) points per 8 hours attendance; limit of twenty 20 points per event or course
Attendance or presentation at organized professional events run by a recognized association Five (5) points per attendance at event; ten (10) points per presentation at event. Limit of twenty (20) points per event.
Developing the skills of another communicator through a formalized teaching, coaching or mentoring program (excluding line management responsibilities) Ten (10) points
Participation in a leadership role for a professional communication association (e.g. serving as a board or committee member for an association) Ten (10) points per association (multiple points will not be awarded for sitting on multiple committees and boards within the same association)
Conduct or publish original research Twenty (20) points
Contribution to the work of the council, such as through invigilation of exams, undertaking promotional speaking opportunities, or helping draft or grade exams Ten (10) points available per annum
Information! The GCCC is independent of IABC. Its members represent the communication industry worldwide and come from a broad spectrum of organizations. The independent status reflects the GCCC’s understanding of the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, managing conflict of interest, and ensuring the objectivity of its certification activities. Membership in IABC is not a condition of Council membership or certification.