The educational programme is divided into two tracks: one Communication and the other Leadership. You are recommended to participate in both tracks simultaneously.
Competent Communicator award (CC)
● completed the Competent Communication manual
There are 10 CC projects starting with the Icebreaker.
When applying for your first Competent Communicator award, you choose two Advanced Communication manuals (see below for a list) which will be sent to you free of charge.
To apply for the Competent Communicator award supply the information required in the application form to a Club Officer (usually the VPE) who will submit it to World Headquarters (WHQ).
Advanced Communicator Bronze award (ACB)
● achieved Competent Communicator award
● completed two different Advanced Communication manuals (see below for a list)
Advanced Communicator Silver award (ACS)
● achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze award
● completed two different Advanced Communication manuals - neither may be a manual used for ACB
● conducted any two programmes from the Better Speaker series and/or the Successful Club series
Advanced Communicator Gold award (ACG)
● achieved Advanced Communicator Silver award
● completed two different Advanced Communication manuals - neither may be a manual used for ACB or ACS
● conducted a Success/Leadership, Success/Communication or Youth Leadership programme
● coached a new member with the first three speech projects
Advanced Communication manuals
1. The Entertaining Speaker (226A)
2. Speaking to Inform (226B)
3. Public Relations (226C)
4. Facilitating Discussion [previously entitled 'The Discussion Leader'] (226D)
5. Specialty Speeches (226E)
6. Speeches by Management (226F)
7. The Professional Speaker (226G)
8. Technical Presentations (226H)
9. Persuasive Speaking (226I)
10. Communicating on Television (226J)
11. Storytelling (226K)
12. Interpretive Reading (226L)
13. Interpersonal Communication (226M)
14. Special Occasion Speeches (226N)
15. Humorously Speaking (226O)
(See the projects in each manual here)
To apply for any of the Advanced Communicator awards supply the information requested in the appropriate section of the application form to a Club Officer (usually the VPE) who will submit it to WHQ.
Competent Leader award (CL)
● completed the Competent Leadership manual
A summary of the roles and choices available in the 10 projects:
Grid of the CL requirements
Information and clarification about the CL is here.
To apply for the Competent Leader award supply the information required in the old application form or new application form to a Club Officer (usually the VPE) who will submit it to WHQ.
Advanced Leader Bronze award (ALB)
● achieved Competent Leader award
● achieved Competent Communicator award
● served at least 6 months in one of the 7 Club Officer roles, which included participating in a Club Success Plan
● while serving in the above office, participated in a District-sponsored Club Officer Training programme
● conducted any two programmes from the Successful Club series and/or the Leadership Excellence series
Note: Success/Communication, Success/Leadership, Youth Leadership and The Better Speaker series do not qualify.
Advanced Leader Silver award (ALS)
● achieved Advanced Leader Bronze award
● served a complete term in one of the 8 District Officer roles ('complete term' is at least Sep-1 through Jun-30)
● completed the High Performance Leadership Programme (see below)
● served successfully as a Club sponsor, mentor or coach
Note: Club coach credit is given at the beginning of the Toastmasters year after the Club achieves distinguished status, not within the year of achievement.
High Performance Leadership
This is a leadership project of your choice that will include developing a vision, goal-setting, planning and team-building. A panel provides feedback on your leadership skills. The project may be completed within your Club, Area, Division or District - or within your company or community.
To apply for any of the Advanced Leader awards supply the information required in the appropriate section of the application form to a Club Officer (usually the VPE) who will submit it to WHQ.
Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM)
● achieved Advanced Communicator Gold award
● achieved Advanced Leader Silver award
To apply for the Distinguished Toastmaster award supply the information required in the appropriate section of the application form to a Club Officer (usually the VPE) who will submit it to WHQ.
Starting on one award before completing another
You may start working on an award at any time, even if a pre-requisite award has not been completed.
For example: although you must complete your CC before applying for your ACB, you may start working on your ACB at any time.
Old Competent Leader award
This was no longer awarded after 30th June 2008.
For clubs to receive award credits in a particular Toastmasters year the applications must be received at World Headquarters by 30th June. From 2009, World Headquarters no longer gave credits for postal applications received in July that were postmarked 30th June or earlier.
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