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Accreditations

The following are some accreditation given to speakers worldwide:

CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)

Conferred by the National Speakers Association, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform competence. When you earn your CSP designation, meeting professionals looking to hire the best of the best will see your commitment to the profession, know you have top-notch speaking ability and a track record of professionalism and success, and ultimately give you more, better bookings.

Only the top 10 percent of speakers earn this credential, which means you’ll be recognized as one of the best in your field and set yourself up for an even more successful speaking career.

The CSP designation is earned through demonstrating competence in professional standards:

  • Platform skills
  • Business management
  • Education
  • Association
CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence)

Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of income or volunteer involvement in NSA. To date, 151 men and women have been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Up to five new inductees are named each year at a gala celebration held in conjunction with the NSA National Convention. There are currently 123 living members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Additionally, NSA conferred an honorary CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame award on Ronald Reagan in 1981 and on General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) in 1999.

DTM (Distinguished Toast Master)

Accredited Speakers possess professional calibre speaking skills and are able to attract and hold the attention of any audience. The expertise needed to speak professionally makes becoming an Accredited Speaker an elite accomplishment. Fewer than 15 percent of all applicants have earned the designation of Accredited Speaker since the program began in 1981.