Opening a world of possibilities: Getting value from your IABC membership

By Amanda Woroniuk

Are you looking to get the most out of your IABC membership? Perhaps you are considering becoming an IABC member or activating a lapsed membership.

Here are a few ways that IABC membership can support your career, broaden your communications expertise and connect you with like-minded communicators.

Grow your communications skills and knowledge
IABC has professional development resources to build your skills and enhance your career growth. Learn from some of the best in the industry through webinars, workshops and conferences. Events are held at the local, region and international level.

IABC Saskatoon’s Annual General Meeting will also be held this spring. Watch your email for more details about the event and opportunities to plug into the chapter through a volunteer role.

The IABC World Conference offers a global perspective on business communication. Scheduled from June 26-29 in New York City, you can connect with peers from around the globe, hear from industry experts during exceptional sessions, and leave this powerful event with knowledge that elevates your career and your organization.

The IABC website has extensive resources including free member-only webinars and the IABC Academy, which offers in-depth training by communications experts through individual courses and learning paths.

Tap into a world-wide communications network
Perhaps there’s a career or communication challenge you’re trying to solve? The IABC Hub is an online community you can join to learn more from fellow communicators. Join a special interest group, search one of the many topic discussion or start a conversation to share advice and communication best practices. Learn from others across the globe on how they are tackling communications in their area.

Pursue IABC certification
Are you wanting to take your communications career to the next level? Professional certification gives highly skilled business communicators the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities.

The GCCC certification program is based on the Global Standard for communication professionals set out by IABC. There are two levels of certification:

  • The Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification is aimed at the generalist/specialist level, a mid-level stage in the communication professional’s development, for those with 6–8 years of experience in the communication field.
  • The Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) certification is aimed at the senior level, a higher-level stage in a communication professional’s career, for those with 8–11 years of experience.

Certification engages you in a process of life-long learning that elevates your career and provides a structure for keeping your skills fresh and applicable.

IABC Saskatoon has many current members who have completed this certification. Find out what they have said about GCCC certification and see if this path is right for you.

Ready to apply for the certification? IABC Saskatoon is hosting the CMP/SCMP Certification exam sitting on May 14 from 9 am-12 pm at Queen’s House of Retreats in Saskatoon. Contact if you are interested in joining a study group with others who are preparing for the exam.

Get recognized for your communications work

Show the world the communications work that you do. Enter IABC’s Gold Quill Awards and see how your work stacks up against communications from around the world.

For more than 40 years, the Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. Gold Quill is the only awards program that honours the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale.

Submit an entry for the 2022 Gold Quill Awards or view previous winners on the IABC website. This year’s winners will be honoured at the 2022 World Conference.

Learn more about the IABC membership types and cost.

  • April 29, 2022 By iabcsaskatoon