Professional Speakers Australia is the speaking industry’s peak body for experts who inform, inspire and influence. It is a unique community of speaking professionals who are recognised as experts in the Speaking Profession. As an Association, members place great importance on meeting together regularly to share, grow and excel in the craft and business of professional speaking.
In order to qualify for membership at Professional Member level, you must have a verified income of $50,000 pa in speaking-related revenue and have a demonstrated commitment to PSA’s Code of Professional Conduct. Professional Membership entitles you to a range of exclusive professional development opportunities and discounts on product and services, voting rights plus much more.
We also encourage you to understand the PSA 8 Core Competencies
If you are new to the Association and would like to join as a Professional Member please select the Professional Member option on the Membership Application page and complete the application process.
If you are an existing PSA Affiliate or Provisional Member who would like to become a Professional Member you also need to complete and provide the following documentation prior to December 31, 2018 to enable us to process your application before the December 31, 2018 ceasing of the Affiliate and Provisional Categories.:
A signed copy agreeing to abide by the PSA Code of Professional Conduct
A Statutory Declaration verifying income of $50,000 from speaking related activity; and
A signed authority to verify income by your accountant
These documents as well as a Membership Checklist and Definition for Speaking Related Income can be downloaded here.
Please complete the required forms and post the originals to the PSA Secretariat: PO Box 448, Warrandyte, VIC 3113.
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
The Certified Speaking Professional designation, is the speaking industry’s international measure of professional platform skill. The CSP designation is conferred by Professional Speakers Australia only on those speakers who have earned it by meeting strict qualifying criteria. The letters CSP following a speaker’s name identify that speaker as a speaking professional with a proven track record for understanding and delivering value from the platform. Speakers must be a member of PSA for 6 months before applying for accreditation to CSP. More information and the Accreditation requirements for CSP can be found on the Accreditation Page.
For more information on the features and benefits of PSA go to the Member Benefits page.
Long-standing CSPs are welcome to apply for CSP Emeritus where they wish to remain a valued community member of PSA and yet they have ceased to proactively seek speaking engagements and ceased to actively generate income from Professional Speaking for each of the last two years prior to lodging a CSP Emeritus application. PSA requires the criteria as defined in the Application and Statutory Declaration to be met, importantly recognising CSP Emeritus provides an opportunity for our association to value and retain the input, expertise and wisdom of individual CSPs.
- Download Here the PSA 2018 CSP Emeritus Application – 4 documents v02_20181122
- Key reference PSA Constitution. Section 8.3 (viii)
- Other Documents Viewable at: https://www.professionalspeakers.org.au/governance/
Phasing Out of Affiliate & Provisional Member | August 2016 – December 31, 2018
Consolidating a 2 1/2 year change process, Professional Speakers Australia shifts from a 4 tiered down to a 2 tiered membership level organisation effective December 31, 2018. We thank all our voting members who have confirmed this transition to an organisation of stature. As the industry peak body for those who are in the Speaking business, our Professional Member and CSP Designations will reflect the high standing and proven confidence PSA members are held in within our industry.
Aspiring speakers, previous affiliates and provisional members all revert to the title of “GUEST” or “VISITOR”. Guests will always be welcome to our public events including annual convention and chapter events, paying a non-member fee to register their attendance.
January 1st 2019 the Affiliate level will cease. Take advantage of the support and resources necessary to qualify for PSA membership including PSA Chapter events.