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Investor Relations

Certificate Program Online!

Developed in collaboration with the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)

The Investor Relations Certificate Program will be discontinued effective 2013. All courses will be offered one last time in 2013. See Schedule of Courses under Related Documents for list of offerings. Please only apply for candidacy if you have finished or plan to finish the certificate requirements in 2013.


CertificateInvestor relations professionals are the pivotal link between their organization and the outside world. They are a key corporate resource, disseminating information to shareholders, financial professionals, and potential investors about their company's competencies, competitive advantages, strengths, weaknesses, strategies, vision and mission – the objective being to ensure that the company will be accurately valued in the marketplace.

This certificate program was developed in collaboration with the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the recognized authority in investor relations. Courses in this program are based on the Standards of Practice for Investor Relations, which contains information that the Institute has determined investor relations professionals need to know and understand.

Who Should Attend

Entry-level and experienced communications professionals, corporate, financial and investment personnel, private company owners who are considering going public, and individuals from other fields will benefit from this program.

Certificate Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of six required courses each with a grade of "C" or above for a total of 165 hours of instruction. Please apply for certificate candidacy by the end of your third course.

After you have completed all requirements, you may request to receive your official certificate by completing the Request for Certificate Form and returning it to our offices as noted on the form. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UC Irvine Extension (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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Program Benefits

  • Learn how to structure and implement a strategic IR program.
  • Develop the skills to draft and disseminate appropriate information to the investing community — from effective annual reports to crisis communications management.
  • Gain financial acumen to effectively support complete valuation of the company by the market.
  • Understand the investor relation professional’s role in corporate governance and learn how to provide support to new board members.

Advisory Committee

  • David Erickson, vice president, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Jeanie Herbert, director investor relations, ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Tania Jernigan, vice president Investor Relations, CORE Realty Holdings Management, Inc.
  • Ann Jones, principal, Jones, Dolan & Company
  • Cynthia Skoglund, investor relations, Beckman Coulter, Inc.