What is a Certified Speaking
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation,
conferred by the National Speakers Association and
the International Federation for Professional Speakers,
is the speaking profession's international measure of
professional platform skill.
A CSP speaker is in the top 10% of professional speakers.
The CSP designation is earned through demonstrating
competence in a combination of standards:
- Professional platform skills
- Professional business management
- Professional education
- Professional association.
Professional speakers who have earned the CSP designation
bring a proven track record of experience and expertise to
As speakers go through the five-year process of becoming
certified, they are required to:
- Receive excellent ratings from past clients on
- Demonstrate that they serve a wide variety of
- Take part in ongoing education
- Perform and document hundreds of presentations
- Submit testimonial letters from their clients
- Provide samples of their promotional materials.
"When I see the CSP designation, I recognize it as the hallmark of a speaking
professional who has met the impressive and high expectations required to earn
the certification. Our audiences have never been disappointed in the powerful,
relevant messages delivered in educational sessions conducted by CSPs."
Nancy A. Woolever, PHR
Society of Human Resource Management
"You know CSPs have achieved a certain discipline that puts them in a
category all their own; they have passed the test of longevity; they have proven
themselves. It makes a difference today and will continue to make a difference
in the meetings industry."
"It's truly an indication that a speaker has achieved a higher level of
professionalism. It's something we look for first. I reduce my risk by hiring
someone with a CSP."
Mfgrs. Representatives of America
"I always consider the CSP designation the hallmark of
professional excellence. The CSPs that we have
selected have never disappointed our audiences."
Barbara S. Sadek
Society for Human Resources Management