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. The short video below provides further information.

Video produced by BRR Media

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.

How is it examined?

Diploma candidates will be examined on three modules and attend two compulsory half-day courses:


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

Half-day courses:

  • Ethics Course
  • Revision Course

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 industry.

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 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:

Tara Hogg
Professional Development Executive

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