Professional Development

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 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 2020 awards are now open and submissions are due on 9 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.

Communicating Canberra Showcase

We’ve partnered with the University of Canberra to deliver a showcase of communication case studies from organisations across Canberra in 2018. The first project of its kind, the showcase will be 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. The case studies produced will also be made available as a resource for IABC members in Canberra and we expect many of the case studies produced will also continue on to be submissions for the Gold Quill Awards. Visit the Communicating Canberra website to view 13 case studies from 2018.


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). Find out more about certification >

IABC Academy

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. Build your communication skills and knowledge >

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