Diploma in IR

The Diploma in Investor Relations (DipIR®) is the IR Society’s senior level qualification. Developed by expert IR practitioners and educational organisations, the Diploma examines candidates on their understanding and practical application of the skills, tools and expertise needed to become leaders in our profession.

In particular it is looking for candidates to demonstrate the following:

  1. A good level of knowledge and experience of investor relations including a strong grasp of key practical and theoretical aspects to the profession, and a clear understanding of the ethical and best practice approaches to key issues
  2. A breadth of knowledge of current topics and issues facing the profession, and an ability to place an issue in its wider context, including the legal and regulatory framework currently in force within the UK listed company sector
  3. An ability to communicate confidently and effectively in both written and oral formats, and handle a Q&A discussion on a chosen topic

Who should consider the Diploma?

Each candidate will be considered on their own merits and prior experience. 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.

How should I prepare for the Diploma?

The Diploma is looking to examine a range of technical and practical skills, with much drawn from a candidate’s own working experience.

Most of the Diploma preparation is expected to be undertaken as self-study to ensure readiness for the examined topics. This can be supported, if required, by relevant courses already offered by the IR Society, for example focusing on development areas and the chosen specialist topics. The Regulation courses are a useful refresher for all candidates. In addition, it is worth considering additional studies through sister organisations such as the Company Secretary and Corporate Treasurers professional bodies. 

As part of the Diploma programme candidates will attend a half day Ethics course and a half day revision course to help prepare for the examination.

What is the role of the Mentor?

A unique feature of the Diploma is the provision of a mentor who will be one of the senior IROs in the industry, and often a current or former board member of the IR Society.  The role of the mentor is to be available to provide advice and support on request to a candidate and to help guide on preparation and readiness to sit the Diploma exam.

What is the application process?

Candidates will complete an application form and if successful they will be registered for the next available intake, with the intention of running one or two Diploma programmes each year.  During this process advice will be given as to what PD courses might be beneficial together with assistance on the choice of optional topics.

How is it examined?

Diploma candidates will be examined on three modules:

  • Principles of IR Module
  • IR in Practice Module
  • Presentation Skills

Candidates will sit two three-hour written essay-based exams which will assess their knowledge and experience across the compulsory topics and at least three of the optional topics shown in the syllabus.

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 authority/presence, clear communication and presentation skills.

What does the qualification mean?

On successful completion of the qualification, candidates will receive a certificate and are entitled to put DipIR® after their name. This shows  that an individual has demonstrated sufficient experience and understanding of the IR profession to undertake a senior role, whether in-house as a corporate IRO, or as a trusted adviser or service provider to the industry.

What does it cost?

The cost for the Diploma is £995 + VAT and this covers: examination fees, two half-day training courses and support from an IR Society mentor.

Find out more

For more information please see below the '2019 Diploma in IR Information Pack' or to request an application form please contact:

Tara Hogg
Professional Development Executive

Download 2019 Diploma in IR Information Pack

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