As capital markets continue to evolve, disclosure requirements and expectations of listed entities also grow, and investor relations has shifted from that of a compliance and communications role to a more highly accountable strategic advisor and conduit between the company and the market. The increasing importance now being placed on this role and industry professionals necessitates the need for enhanced ethical and professional standards.
AIRA’s CIRO program seeks to support and recognise higher-level performance and the greater demands being placed on industry professionals through a specific program and a commitment to audited Continuing Professional Development.
The intent of the certification is to enhance the standing of senior practitioners and build confidence amongst C-Suite, Board and capital markets stakeholders in the role and individuals holding the CIRO designation.
Certification should provide:
On completion of the CIRO program, certification holders will be able to:
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AIRA will apply and be guided by the following policy principles in
the ongoing operation of the Certification Program to ensure that it is:
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* Application fee is applicable to those applying under the grandfathering provisions and self-nomination.
** 3 x Online Learning Modules are a study-based requirement to complete
this program. There is no requirement for individuals who have
completed the modules ahead of enrolling into the program to undertake
them a second time.
There are two options to apply for AIRA’s Certified Investor Relations Officer (CIRO) program.
AIRA will accept applications from suitably qualified senior
investor relations professionals to be grandfathered into the Certified
Investor Relations Officer program. Applications under this provision
will be accepted for the period from 1 March 2021 to 31 July 2021. The grandfathering provision permits the most senior industry
professionals to be considered to attain the CIRO professional
designation without having to complete the formal educational
requirements. Eligibility under the grandfathering provision will be based on:
b. work experience - as set out in the eligibility criteria above
c. education - educational requirements under the grandfathering provision are not required. An independent Assessment Committee will have total discretion over a applicants suitability.
d. professional contribution that includes at least three of the following:
An individual's acceptance into the program under the grandfathering provision will be determined by an Assessment Committee.
On attaining the professional designation, recipients
will be required to complete the ongoing CPD requirements of 20 hours
Online applications can be lodged by those not eligible to join
under the grandfathering provision for senior investor relations
professionals, on the basis that you meet the eligibility criteria.