Certificate in IR

The Certificate in IR (CIR®) qualification has become a benchmark in the industry, widely recognised in the UK and in other international markets. It is a comprehensive, stretching test of your competency in IR, providing the tools to help you develop your career in the profession.

Important information for CIR and ICIR candidates

The CIR Revision Course and CIR exam will be held online during this unprecedented time.  Please contact Kim Anderson for more information,.  We have released our updated Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR) and International Certificate in Investor Relations (ICIR) Study Guides.  More information can be read here.

About the CIR?

The Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR®) & International Certificate in IR (ICIR) are internationally recognised qualifications for the investor relations profession. 

The qualification allows successful candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the financial and market environment, the regulatory and reporting requirements for listed companies and their sound understanding of the principles of investor relations, which will enable them to operate competently and safely.

The CIR® is a valuable benchmark for those already in the profession and an essential prerequisite for those seeking to work in investor relations. With more than 1,600 successful candidates from more than 26 countries, the CIR® is firmly established as the leading IR qualification worldwide.

Obtaining the Certificate in IR:

  • Provides international recognition as a qualified IR practitioner
  • Demonstrates competence and growing expertise
  • Enhances career development

Who should sit the CIR®?

It is suitable for anyone working in investor relations or related professions, or considering a move into investor relations, either in the UK or overseas.

The CIR® is a self-study qualification based on the IR Society’s comprehensive CIR® study guide. It is assessed by an examination comprising 60 multiple-choice questions, based on the topics set out in the syllabus.

The International Certificate in IR (ICIR)

We offer an international syllabus of the CIR which captures the essential elements common to international markets. 

The Certificate currently runs in the UK, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Latin America, Malaysia, the Middle East (CIRO), Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Spain and Sri Lanka.

Upcoming Exam and Revision Course Dates

Click here for a full list of upcoming exam and revision course dates.

2018 Study Guide Only (version XIX)

Anyone studying the Study Guide version XIX can take the examination online.  Please contact Kim Anderson at kim.anderson@irsociety.org.uk for more details


2020 Study Guide Only (version XX)


September 23 – CIR Revision Course

October 8 – CIR exam

November 18 – CIR Revision Course

December 2 – CIR exam

Want more information about the CIR®/ICIR?

If you have any questions that are not answered by our FAQ's in the CIR brochure or if you are interested in working with the IR Society to deliver the CIR/ICIR internationally to multiple candidates please contact:

Kim Anderson
Professional Development Administrator

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