Diploma in IR
The Diploma in Investor Relations (DipIR) is the new senior level qualification from the IR Society. Developed by expert IR practitioners and educational organisations, the Diploma will equip delegates with the skills, tools and expertise they need to become leaders in our profession.
Who should consider the Diploma?
Each candidate will be considered on their own merits. In general, however, it is expected that Diploma candidates will be members of the IR Society, will have successfully completed the IR Society’s Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR) qualification and will have a minimum of five years’ experience in IR or a related profession.
What is the process?
Candidates will complete an application form and if successful they will be registered for the
next available intake. We aim to run two Diploma programmes each year with exams in
April/May and November/December. From the date of registration candidates will have 12
months to complete the programme.
How is it examined?
Diploma candidates will take three modules and attend two half-day courses:
• Principles of IR Module – Written exam • Ethics Course
• IR in Practice Module – Written exam • Revision Course
• Presentation Module – Oral presentation
Candidates will sit two three-hour exams which will assess their skills, knowledge and
experience across all the compulsory topics and at least three of the optional topics shown
in the syllabus. The exams will also assess familiarity with the UK’s legislative and regulatory
environment and corporate governance standards, and detailed knowledge of best practice
IR and how it adds value. Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate their ability to
communicate clearly in writing, identifying and justifying their key messages, their
management and leadership potential and their understanding of their company and
The Presentation Module, where candidates will make a formal 15 minute presentation with
Q&A, is designed to test the candidates’ competency in some of the softer attributes
required as they progress in their career, including gravitas, authority/presence, credibility,
clear communication and presentation skills.
On successful completion of the qualification, candidates will receive a certificate and are
entitled to put DipIR after their name.
What does it cost?
The cost for the Diploma is £995 + VAT for IR Society members and this covers: Examination fees, two half-day training courses and support from an IR Society mentor.
Find out more
For more information or to request an application form please contact:
Head of Professional Development
Download Diploma in IR Application Form
Click here to download the application form