When your application to join PSANZ has been approved, you can rest assured that this is the start of an exciting journey. We encourage you to attend as many of our events (or see the replay via our meeting video archives).

Make sure that you take heaps of notes and – more importantly – make yourself accountable to put this learning into practice.  Find as many Speaking opportunities as you can possibly get and get the ball rolling. 

As you grow in confidence and experience, you can qualify for one of the following accreditation levels and apply for one of our annual AWARDS

Associate Member

As an Associate Member, you will have begun your journey as a paid speaking professional. We encourage you to start recording your presentations and keeping records of all your paid and unpaid Speaking events.

Apply here

Full Professional Member

The next rung in the ladder is to be recognised as a Full Professional Member with an income of $10,000 or more from speaking engagements. This level or above allows you to have a website directory listing. At this level attendance at PSANZ events has become second nature, you are applying what you are learning and it’s quite likely that you have volunteered to help at a local or national level. You have learned your stagecraft and you are starting to generate regular income from your Speaking and Training business.

Apply here

Certified Speaking Professional (CSP™)

With a thriving business, you will probably be earning more than $80,000 per annum.  If this is the case, we encourage you to act now and be recognised at the highest level, and get international accreditation as a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP™).

As a member of PSANZ, you can start preparing for the CSP designation. Conferred by either the National Speakers Association (US) or the PSA (Australia), the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform competence by which you become a Certified Speaking Professional. When you earn your CSP designation, meeting professionals looking to hire the best of the best will see your commitment to the profession, know you have top-notch speaking ability and a track record of professionalism and success.

About 12 per cent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide who belong to the 15 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation currently hold this professional designation. This means you’ll be recognised as one of the best in your field and set yourself apart for an even more successful speaking career.

The CSP designation is earned through demonstrating competence in professional standards:

Details of the criteria required and a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) relating to your application for your CSP via NSA (US) can be found here.

Details of the criteria required to apply for your CSP via PSA (Australia) (including the entire process and where to download the relevant documents) can be found here.

Global Speaking Fellow

In response to the expanding international nature of the needs of global speaking members, international clients, and global audiences, the Global Speakers Federation has established the framework for a designation that recognizes professional speakers successfully presenting at a global level. This designation is called the Global Speaking Fellow.

Applications and more information is available here.

Life Member

In exceptional circumstances, the board may award life membership in recognition of services to PSANZ or the Global speaking community.

Professional Speakers

 Association of NZ Directory