The aim of the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communications) is to enable the candidates to develop specialist knowledge and expertise in the contexts, concepts and practical tools of internal communication.

The syllabus is taught and assessed at the same level as a postgraduate degree.

What do I learn and how is it assessed?

The Specialist Diploma (Internal Communications) covers topics including:

  • the organisational context in which internal communication functions
  • how internal communication can add value
  • evaluating and implementing internal communication plans
  • ethical issues in complex situations. analysing organisational culture

This qualification involves producing an executive report and analysis of research findings on a topic of your choice that relates to internal communications.

Who's it for and what are the enrolment criteria?

This course is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to develop their strategic internal communication and management skills with the aim of taking on more senior roles.  Please check with your chosen teaching centre for more details about enrolment criteria.

How long does it take?

Timetables vary depending on which teaching centre you study with but all centres provide 20 hours of tuition.

There are 4 assessment sessions per year. Depending on when you enrol on to the qualification you could qualify in as little as 6 to 8 months.

Students should expect to set aside a certain amount of time for self-study and this will vary depending on time taken to complete the qualification.  Individual teaching centres will be able to give further advice if required.


CIPR qualifications are accredited by the Global Alliance