Be Recognized at the Highest Level.
Elevate Your Impact, Influence, & Income
By earning your CSP® (Certified Speaking Professional™) designation, you can prove to meeting professionals that you are among the top echelon of professional speakers who have earned this international designation that only about 17 percent of NSA members worldwide have earned.
With this designation, meeting professionals looking to work with the best speakers will see your commitment to the profession and know you have the top-notch speaking ability with a track record of professionalism and success.
Before You Apply
How to Earn Your CSP Guide
CSP Application Most Common Mistakes
CSP Applicant Checklist
How to Apply
Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by Jan. 10, 2024, by Midnight PST.
Fill out and submit the CSP Application Interest Form
Please complete the Interest Form if this is your first time applying, you are re-applying or believe you are eligible for re-application.
After completing the Interest Form, a staff member will reach out to you in Step 2.
Review of the Application Process & Payment Processed in Full
An NSA staff member will contact you either via email or by phone to review the application process and requirements with you.
The current non-refundable application fees are as follows:
Application Confirmation & Welcome to Phase One
This is the Enterprise/Administrative phase and includes a review of the following areas: completion of the requisite number of presentations during five (5) of the last 10 years, the necessary income levels derived from these presentations and verification of your presentations. Refer to our Class of 2024 CSP Application Process video for detailed instruction.
As part of the CSP Application process, applicants must complete the CSP Applicant Coursework. This Coursework requires approximately four (4) hours to complete and includes a variety of tasks (e.g., How to Earn Your CSP video, Business Ethics video, and the Professional Competencies video and eLearning module).
This Coursework is a requirement and must be completed by the January 10 deadline as part of the Phase One Application process. Failure to complete this Coursework by the January 10 deadline will render an applicant ineligible to advance to the next Phase.
You will be required to submit all supporting documents; including but not limited to the following:
Upon completion and approval of your Phase One application, you will be notified of your advancement to Phase Two.
Applicant Resource Center
Partnering for CSP Success
Sharon Weinstein, CSP, and Wayne Messmer, CSP, discuss the importance of having an accountability partner when pursuing a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) certification. They encourage others to find a partner, engage, and start holding each other accountable for each step of the certification journey.
Earning the CSP designation is a demanding process.
CSP Emeritus status (formerly known as "Lifetime CSP") is available for speakers age 65 and older who have 1) renewed their CSP designation at least once; 2) have completed the CSP Applicant Oath and 3) paid the designated fee (as of 2024, is $100).