What Does That Mean? Toastmasters Acronyms

“I am working on my HPL for my ALS.”
“Only two speeches away from my ALS.”

CC, ACB, DCP . . . Toastmasters toss around an alphabet soup of Acronyms but what do they all mean?

The letters after a Toastmaster’s name on the agenda or their name tent is recognition of the levels they have completed in the Communication and Leadership tracks.

Toastmasters Leadership and Communication Track

The two tracks are not mutually exclusive and many progress through the two tracks at the same time.  Members progress through each track by completing a series of manuals that contain projects and evaluation guides. There are many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way.

Which brings us back to the letters.  Here is a cheatsheet for your quick reference:

Communication Track:

Competent Communication
The 10 speech projects in the Competent Communication manual help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time. When you finish all of the projects, you are eligible for the Competent Communicator award.

Advanced Communication Track
After receiving the Competent Communicator award, you can begin to develop more advanced speaking and communication skills through the Advanced Communication Series manuals. There are 15 in all, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn.

Competent Communicator award; given to someone who has completed the 10 speeches in the Competent Communicator manual; the first award earned in the communication track.

Advanced Communicator Bronze; given to a member who has achieved their CC and completed two manuals from the Advanced Communication series.

Advanced Communicator Silver; given to a member who achieved ACB, completed two manuals from the Advanced Communication Series and conducted TWO speeches from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series.

Advanced Communicator Gold; given to a member who achieved ACS, completed two additional manuals from the Advanced Communication series and conducted a presentation from the Successful/Leadership series, Success/Communication series or Youth Leadership.

Leadership Track:

Competent Leadership

This is the core of the Leadership track. The Competent Leadership manual features 10 projects that you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you complete the manual, you are eligible for the Competent Leader award.

Advanced Leader Program

After earning the Competent Leadership award, you can further refine and develop more complex leadership skills by completing projects in manuals that are part of the Advanced Leader Program.

Competent Leadership award; given to a Toastmaster who completed the Competent Leader’s manual; the first award earned in the Leadership Track.

Advanced Leadership Bronze; given to a Toastmaster who received the CL & CC awards, served at least six months as a club officer*, participated in a district-sponsored club officer training and conducted two presentations from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series.

* Club officer roles include: President, Vice President of Education, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms.

Advanced Leadership Silver; given to a Toastmaster who has achieved ALB, served a complete term as a district officer**, completed the High Performance Leadership program and served successfully as a club sponsor, mentor or coach

** District officer roles include: District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Public Relations Manager, Administration Manager, Finance Manager, Division Director & Area Director


The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest recognition a member may receive. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. To be eligible for the award, you must have earned the following:

Advanced Communicator Gold or Advanced Toastmaster Gold award
Advanced Leader Silver or Advanced Leader award

Other Acronyms

HPL High Performance Leadership award
PRES President
VPE Vice President Education
VPM Vice President Membership
VPPR Vice President Public Relations
SEC Secretary
TREAS Treasurer
SAA Sergeant At Arms



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