Congratulations on making the decision to pursue GCCC certification!  Here are some suggested study materials:

Communication Management Professional (CMP®) Certification Exam:

  • Candidate handbook – download here
  • IABC Code of Ethics – link here
  • Practice test – download here
  • Current CMPs® recommend:
    • IABC Handbook – link here
    • Job Task Analysis (JTA) for CMP® – download here
    • Areas to review within communication practice, e.g. media relations, internal communications, corporate social responsibility, conducting research, social and digital media, etc.
    • Read white papers on tasks and knowledge covered by JTA
    • Participate in webinars – IABC Academy, organization in-services, open courses, etc.
    • Catalyst magazine and online content center

Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP®) Certification Exam:

  • Candidate Handbook – download here
  • IABC Code of Ethics – link here
  • Current SCMPs® recommend:
    • IABC Handbook – link here
    • Job Task Analysis (JTA) for SCMP® – download here
    • Areas to review within communication practice, e.g. media relations, internal communications, corporate social responsibility, conducting research, social and digital media, etc.
    • Read white papers on tasks and knowledge covered by JTA
    • Participate in webinars – IABC Academy, organization in-services, open courses, etc.
    • Catalyst magazine and online content center

*Utilizing these study aids does not guarantee a candidate will pass either certification exam.


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.