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Professional development

Professional development programme

IR Society professional development programme

We provide a comprehensive programme of training courses and qualifications for IR practitioners at every stage of their careers.

Our courses are delivered by expert trainers and what really sets them apart are the following:

First-hand experience: Current IR practitioners and advisers provide invaluable first-hand insight
Unparalleled content: Our extensive membership allows us to draw on a wide range of expertise on any IR-related topic
Up to date: Input from practising members ensure content is timely and relevant.

Our full professional development programme includes:

Professional Development Courses
Certificate in IR and International Certificate in IR
Diploma in IR
DELIVER Programme
Bespoke Courses

Professional Development Courses

IR Fundamentals
These courses provide an excellent introduction to IR by explaining the workings of the financial markets, identifying key relationships and developing awareness of
crucial IR techniques.

Introduction to IR and the financial markets
Best practice in IR
Understanding investors, analysts and the media
Introduction to writing for IR
IR for personal and executive assistants

Core IR Skills
These courses allow IR practitioners to develop their knowledge in the essential areas of understanding financial accounting, IR regulation and compliance, investor targeting, media
relations (including a brand new PR course) and also best practice annual reporting.

IR regulation and compliance essentials
IR regulation update
Demystifying company accounts and valuations
Annual reporting – best practice in practice
IR script writing for management presentations
Introduction to PR for IROs - NEW FOR 2017
Energise your investor targeting

Advanced IR
An increased range of Advanced IR courses are being offered in 2017, including courses on specialist financial modelling, ESG/sustainability and on Debt IR, together with a suite of Club IR lunchtime workshops on topical issues.

Financial modelling: From internal forecasting to valuation
Advanced writing skills for IR - NEW FOR 2017
Building your Debt IR capability
ESG/SRI: Sustainability issues for IROs
Strategic approach to corporate messaging: Convergence of IR and Financial PR - NEW FOR 2017
Club IR workshops

The Certificate in IR and International Certificate in IR

The CIR has become a benchmark in the industry, widely recognised in the UK and in other international markets. The CIR is a comprehensive, stretching test of your competency in IR, providing the tools to help you develop your career in the profession. Find out more

The Diploma in IR

The DIR is a new, senior level, professional qualification, designed to examine expertise in IR and to complement the existing competency-level Certificate in IR (CIR) and DELIVER leadership programme. Find out more

DELIVER Programme

The DELIVER programme (Developing future leaders through investor relations) is aimed at high potential IROs who are seeking the next step up in their career, and continues to offer unique exposure to captains of industry and other thought leaders.Find out more

Bespoke Courses

The IR Society can tailor a number of the existing courses, be it IR Fundamentals or Core IR Skills, to meet your particular needs and deliver them in-house. For more information contact


2017 Courses at a glance calendar

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View the interactive brochure

Click here to view the interactive 2017 Professional Development brochure

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