Application Information

This program in intended for:

  • Experienced investor relations professionals;
  • Individuals working closely with investor relations professionals; and
  • Individuals who have experience in a related area and are interested in gaining a solid understanding of the investor relations role.

The Certification Governance Committee establishes the Program eligibility criteria, procedures and policies for the Program and exam while the Certification Admissions Committee reviews each of the applicants.

Program Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the Program, you must have the following:

  • At least three years investor relations experience*, OR
  • Four years of related experience** and have participated in CIRI’s Essentials of Investor Relations program within the past five years, OR
  • Four years of combined experience in investor relations and a related field** and have participated in CIRI’s Essentials of Investor Relations program within the past five years; AND
  • One professional reference letter, preferably from your current employer.

*Where 50% or more of your time was spent on investor relations.

**Related experience can be from any of the disciplines that make up the role of IR including capital markets, securities law, regulatory disclosure, accounting, finance, communications, ESG and strategy

Do you need to complete the Essentials of Investor Relations program in order to qualify for the Program? If so, registration is now open.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form through Note: you are required to have a account/login. If you aren’t sure if you have one, please contact [email protected] for your username and password.
  2. You will be required to submit your CV and one letter of reference, preferably from your current employer, with your application form.
  3. You will receive an email confirmation from CIRI within 24 hours of submitting your application.
  4. Once the application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email confirmation of your enrollment and an invoice to be paid seven months before the Program starts.
  5. If the application has been reviewed and is not approved, you will receive an email indicating the reason.

Program Fees

CIRI Program from October 2024 to June 2025: CIRI members pay $10,500 while non-members pay $12,500 (plus applicable taxes) for the Program. This fee includes the in-person and online classes, all course materials as well as meals (breakfast, lunch and breaks) for the in-person classes.

Terms & Conditions

Once you receive the invoice, it must be paid seven months before the Program starts.

CIRI must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to the Program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Cancellation of a minimum of seven months before Program start: You receive a full refund of the Program fee. 

Cancellation of six to four months before Program start: You incur a 50% cancellation fee. 

Cancellation of four to two months before Program start: You incur a 70% cancellation fee. 

Cancellation of two to one month before Program start: You incur a 90% cancellation fee. 

Cancellation of less than one month before Program start: You incur a 100% cancellation fee. 

Transfers are accepted and will incur a transfer fee that aligns with the cancellation policy. (i.e. Should you wish to transfer to the next year’s Program within six to four months before Program start: You incur a 50% transfer fee.)

Note: Once you have paid the Program fee, if you intend to transfer but do not attend the next Program, you forfeit the program fee.

Government Job Grants

Government Job Grants are “available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees”. The Job Grant is available for Rotman’s open enrollment and custom (Executive Education) programs, including the Investor Relations Certification Program, and can offset up to 2/3 of the fee.

For more information or to find out if your organization qualifies for the Canada Job Grant, visit your provincial government page:


British Columbia:


New Brunswick:

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Nova Scotia:


Prince Edward Island:


Key Dates

Program Start Date:

October 2024
October 8-10, 2024 (at Roman in Toronto)
November, 2024 - May, 2025 (eight sessions held online)
June 18 & 19, 2025 (at Rotman in Toronto)

Application Deadline:

June 30, 2024

Information Session:

Available On-Demand

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