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NIRI's Certification Program - Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) - USA

Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is in collaboration with NIRI – National Investor Relations Institute to introduce Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) Certification Program to IR practitioners in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

About the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI):

Founded in 1969, NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. The largest professional investor relations association in the world, NIRI’s more than 2,800 members represent over 1,350 publicly held companies and $7 trillion in stock market capitalization.

About NIRI’s Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) Certificate Program:

Developed and managed by NIRI, the Investor Relations Charter (IRC) not only establishes a framework for what defines the profession of investor relations, it likewise provides IR professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their core IR knowledge and skills, their expertise, and their commitment to answering to the highest standards within the profession.

Objectives of the IRC®:

  • To validate the professional’s fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the core tenets of investor relations
  • To verify the professional’s ability to apply the underlying principles and synthesize the strategic concepts related to the practice of investor relations.

Examination Language: English only

Examination Format: The examination is four hours long and consists of 200 multiple choice questions. It is administered in a computer-based format online with live remote proctoring nationwide and internationally.


HKIRA / NIRI Member fee: US$1,095 HKIRA / NIRI Non-member fee: US$1,295

*All schedules and fees are subject to change by NIRI. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attainment of Certification:

Successful Candidates who pass the examination and meet all the necessary requirements by NIRI, will receive a certification welcome package from NIRI to confirm their success. They then are authorized and encouraged to use the IRC designation to denote certification on business cards, letterheads, at signature, etc.


Visit for Examination Information, Applicant Handbook, and Exam Application.

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Programme Enquiries:

HKIRA Professional Development
Tel: (852) 2117 1846

NIRI Professional Development
Tel: (703) 562-7688
Website: Visit to learn more about the IRC program and the Value of IRC Certification.