According to the National Speakers Association, the CSP™ designation is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence. When speakers earn the CSP™ designation, meeting professionals looking to hire the best of the best will see their commitment to the profession, know they have top-notch speaking abilities, and have a proven track record of professionalism and success.

How Does a Speaker Earn the CSP™ Designation?

The CSP™ designation is earned by mastering four professional competencies:

  • Eloquence – The art of speaking and the use of powerful and persuasive presentations.
  • Expertise – The knowledge, skills, and experience in a specific area.
  • Enterprise – The purposeful undertaking of a successful speaking business venture.
  • Ethics – The principles or standards governing the conduct of those in the speaking profession.

Every CSP™ must…

  • Maintain membership in one of the 14 member associations of the GSF  and subscribe to their Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Serve a specific number of clients within a five year period.
  • Show a certain level of earnings each year for a minimum of five years.
  • Present hundreds of professional speaking engagements.
  • Continue education in the professional speaking field.
  • Receive excellent ratings on performance evaluations from past clients.
  • Receive excellent ratings on performance evaluations from fellow Certified Speaking Professionals.
  • Maintain and renew their designation every 5 years.

How Many Speakers Hold the CSP Designation?

Fewer than 12 percent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), currently hold the Certified Speaking Professional designation. When you hire a CSP™ , you’re hiring a speaker who is acknowledged to be one of the best in the profession.