Accredited Speaker

What is an Accredited Speaker?

An Accredited Speaker is a professional speaking designation awarded by Toastmasters International. Only 90 Toastmasters have earned this prestigious designation since 1981 in a current membership of 280,000+ members in 144 countries.

Accredited Speaker Program Summary

The Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker Program is designed for professional speakers who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with mastery of the spoken word.  Accredited Speakers are sought-after experts in their respective fields with a competitive edge based upon their speaking designation.

The Accredited Speaking Program features two levels: 

Level 1 requires your application form, recommendations, video presentation, and application fee to be submitted to World Headquarters between January 1 and February 1 of the program year to [email protected].

Level 2, if you advance, requires you to give a live presentation in front of an audience and panel of judges during the Toastmasters International Annual Convention.

If you meet all the requirements outlined in the program rules, application, and Judges Guide and Ballot, you will be awarded the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation.

Who can Apply?

To apply, you:

  • Must be a Toastmaster member of a club in good standing
  • Have earned one of the qualifying education awards:
    • Completed all levels in a single Toastmasters Pathways path
    • Advanced Toastmaster Bronze
    • Advanced Communicator Bronze
  • Must present a minimum of 25 non-Toastmasters speaking engagements within the past 3 years from the date of application
  • Must have received payment for at least 15 of the 25 professional-level speaking engagements submitted as part of your application
  • Must have a professional-level video of a 20 to 60-minute presentation, spoken in English, and recorded before a live, real-time, non-Toastmasters audience
  • Must have 5 different clients from paid speaking engagements complete the Accredited Speaker Program Recommendation form and then submit it to World headquarters on your behalf 

Please review the program rules as outlined in the Accredited Speaker Program Handbook to ensure you meet the criteria.

What are the Steps to Apply?

  1. Review the Accredited Speaker Program application
  2. Complete 25 speaking engagements, of which 15 must be paid, for non-Toastmasters audiences of 20+ people
  3. Record yourself giving a 20 to 60-minute presentation in front of a live audience
  4. Ask 5 clients from paid speaking engagements to fill out the Accredited Speaker Program Recommendation form and send it to World headquarters on your behalf
  5. Complete and submit your application and fee between January 1 and February 1

Additional Accredited Speaker Resources



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