Professional Development

Develop your career

Tap into professional development, recognition and learning opportunities that will elevate your career, expand your knowledge and give you the critical edge you need to succeed.

Built on a peer-created Global Standard and a Career Road Map for communication professionals, IABC’s professional development programs offer a variety of outstanding opportunities for life-long career growth.

Gold Quill Awards

Enter the prestigious Gold Quill Awards to have your work featured among the very best in the world.

Sounds daunting? It’s not. We offer support and guidance to help you hone your awards submission. It’s a fantastic opportunity to understand what it takes to deliver an outstanding communications campaign. 

This year we want more Canberra communications teams to step forward and showcase their skills. Applications for the 2023 awards are now open and submissions are due on 15 January 2020.

Find out more on the global Gold Quill Awards website. Check our Events page for announcements for local workshops to support Canberra submissions.


Stand out from the crowd with globally-recognised communication certification.

Certification is a powerful tool to validate your expertise to potential clients and employers – and a great way to measure the progress you’ve made in your career. 

The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) has developed a certification program that aligns to IABC’s Global Standard and is recognised as an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). 

We now have more than 10 certified professional communicators in Canberra! Check out our Honour Roll of CMPs and SCMPs.

Check out our Certification page to find our more about how to pursue and maintain certification.

IABC Academy

Our members have access to online professional development through IABC Academy to help advance their careers and generate real business results for their organisations.

Build your communication, public relations, and marketing skills through access to online workshops and webinars delivered by globally-recognised communications, marketing and public relations specialists. They will provide you with strategies for addressing current and emerging issues facing communication professionals today.

Visit the IABC Academy page on the IABC website to build your communication skills and knowledge.

Communicating Canberra

In 2018, we partnered with the University of Canberra to deliver a showcase of communication case studies from organisations across Canberra.

The first project of its kind, the showcase was a fantastic professional development opportunity for final year students studying communications, media and related subjects at the University of Canberra, to hone their skills and build industry relationships. 

IABC Canberra members provided case studies from their organisations and our board members mentored students as they conducted interviews and wrote case study examples.

Visit the Communicating Canberra website to view 13 case studies.


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