Certified Speaking Professional

If you’re looking for the very best in the field, the CSP Certification is your assurance of the highest standards of professionalism and excellence.

Certified Speaking Professional CSP

Conferred by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers, the CSP designation is the highest earned designation recognized worldwide by the professional speaking industry.  There are currently only 663 speakers worldwide who have had the honor of earning the Certified Speaking Professional designation.  NSA verifies FIVE years of business practices in four areas: ethics, enterprise, eloquence and expertise.

The CSP designation is earned through demonstrating competence in a combination of standards:

  • Professional platform skills
  • Professional business management
  • Professional education, and
  • Professional association

To earn the CSP designation, speakers must be members of NSA or IFPS for at least three years, and complete a rigorous application process.

Certified Speaking Professionals Make Your Job Easier!

Professional speakers who have earned the CSP designation bring a proven track record to your meeting. As speakers go through the five-year process of becoming certified, they are required to:

  • Receive excellent ratings from past clients on performance evaluations
  • Demonstrate that they serve a wide variety of clients
  • Take part in ongoing professional education
  • Perform and document hundreds of presentations
  • Submit testimonial letters from their clients, and
  • Provide samples of their promotional materials

What Do People Who Hire Speakers Say About the CSP?

“When I see the CSP designation, I recognize it as the hallmark of a speaking professional who has met the impressive and high expectations required to earn the certification. Our audiences have never been disappointed in the powerful, relevant messages delivered in educational sessions conducted by CSPs.”Nancy A. Woolever, PHR, Society of Human Resource Management

“CSP is an insurance policy toward the meeting planner’s success. The CSP designation is a qualifier in the mind of the astute planner.” –Brad Plumb, North American Speakers Bureau, Inc.

“I am a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional). I believe strongly in designations. It says you are committed to the profession. When I have equal speakers, I will take the CSP first over the non-CSP. Yes, CSP does make a difference in selecting speakers.” — Betty E. Garrett, CMP, Garrett Speakers International

“You know CSPs have achieved a certain discipline that puts them in a category all their own; they have passed the test of longevity; they have proven themselves. It makes a difference today and will continue to make a difference in the meetings industry.” — Marilyn Wright, Program Resources

“When I have a choice of a speaker who is a CSP or not, I will select the speaker who is a CSP.” — Michelle Lemmons,International Speakers Bureau, Inc.

“I always consider the CSP designation the hallmark of professional excellence. The CSPs that we have selected have never disappointed our audiences.” –Barbara S. Sadek, The Society for Human Resources Management

“It’s truly an indication that a speaker has achieved a higher level of professionalism. It’s something we look for first. I reduce my risk by hiring someone with a CSP.” — William Bess, Mfgrs. Representatives of America