Certified Speaking Professional Accreditation

The Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) accreditation is an international designation that recognises the experience and professional capability of Australia’s leading speakers.

CSP Accredited members have a proven track record of capturing the audience and consistently delivering value from the platform. They have achieved a high level of experience and success in their business and are positioned as leaders in the industry.

The accreditation program is an essential element in continuing to improve and advance the speaking profession and industry nationally.

The CSP accreditation will only remain valid while a person is a financial member of Professional Speakers Australia or one of the GSF associations.

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Requirements for the CSP Accreditation

  • A CSP applicant must have been a financial member of PSA for a minimum of six months prior to applying.
  • The threshold income required for application is $80,000 in each of five of the past eight years, being a total of $400,000+. (The qualification period of eight years acknowledges the impact of COVID and applies to applications received between Jan 2021 – Dec 2028. From 2029 the period will revert to seven years)
  • Presentations which are used for the purposes of seeking the CSP designation must attract a minimum fee of $1000 or equivalent in presentation generated income (PGI).
  • You have attended at least 3 PSA events (total) during the years for which you claim the income.
  • The minimum number of presentations required to achieve the threshold is 5 in each year.
  • Applications must include a full length DVD/video/ digital recording of the applicant presenting to a live, paying audience. 
  • If a speaker achieves the total threshold in income ($400,000) in less than five years (but at least over 2 years), then provided they meet all other requirements, may apply when these thresholds are reached

For more detailed requirements please download the documents.

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How to apply for accreditation

Please ensure the forms and templates you are using are current. 

Ensure you meet the criteria, gather the relevant information, make the payment of the accreditation application fee (admin will provide an invoice on request) and send all documents to the National PSA Office.

Applications normally take 1 – 2 months to process.

Successful applicants will receive a certificate, medal and the rights to use the logos in their marketing materials. 

If you have any questions please email admin@professionalspeakers.org.au, who will forward them on to the person who can answer.

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CSP Renewal – upholding the value of the CSP designation

CSP status is conferred for a period of 5 years after which CSP Renewal is required.  The first date for Renewal is July 2026.

The following criteria have been agreed for CSP Renewal in 2026:

  1. Continued financial membership of PSA for the past 5 years (leading up to July 2026)
  2. Continued professional presence in the marketplace e.g. website, bureau listings, current showreel, one sheet etc. to be defined with the Accreditation Chair 2025-2026
  3. Speaking revenue (fees or SRI) of a total of $A250,000 over the last 5 years prior to renewal application
  4. Contribution to the PSA member community via 2 service modes each year for the last 5 years before renewal, including but not limited to
    • Speaking at PSA or GSF events, national or chapter
    • Service on the PSA Board, CLT or other service roles for PSA or GSF member
    • Awards convenor or judge
    • Contribution of educational or mentoring services to PSA or GSF members e.g. KN Scholars, CSP Pathway

We recommend CSPs start record keeping to streamline renewal submission.

To assist with this process download the CSP renewal templates for your record keeping.

Download CSP Renewal Templates

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