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



Boot Camp Rallies Toastmasters & Two Members Honoured

Toastmasters Bootcamp - march 4Contributed by Neil Booth:

One of the key learning tools in Toastmasters is challenging ourselves. This means stepping outside of our comfort zone in our speeches — but stepping up to participate in weekend workshops.

This past Saturday, members from all three Sunshine Coast Toastmasters showed up and participated in a four-hour workshop at Garden Hotel in Gibsons. Hosted by Area Director Sheila Cameron, District 96 District Program Quality Director Lydia Burchell and District 96 Kerry Deschamps, the workshop offered intensive training on how to judge a contest, evaluations and changes coming to District 96 and the Toastmasters organization.

The hidden benefit in the workshop was spending an afternoon with fellow Toastmasters where we aren’t rushing about, focused on our roles or upcoming speeches. We were just faces in an audience who mixed and mingled during the interactive workshop during breaks and lunch.

One of the highlights for me was when two of our own were recognized for there outstanding achievements and service to Toastmasters.

Kerry Deschamps District 96 Director was on hand to officially present our own Katherine Scott with the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Kerry explained that this is the highest award given by Toastmasters and made sure that we understood the level of achievement, and commitment to Toastmasters that it takes to achieve this distinction, serving in leadership roles, mentoring and other roles. Kerry then turned over the job of pinning on the medal to fellow DTM, District Program Quality Director Lydia Burchell — a very dear friend of Katherine’s.

Congratulations, Katherine Scott . . . Distinguished Toastmaster!

Area Director Sheila Cameron presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Weegee Sachtjen, in recognition of outstanding support of Toastmaster’s International’s communication and leadership programs. We all know that Weegee does a lot but here is a list of some of the things Sheila mentioned:

– VPPR: two clubs
– visits and helps third club with promotion
– participates in all club meetings
– greets guests, welcomes them with a name tag and assures them their part will be easy and comfortable.
– continually furthering personal growth on both communication and leadership tracks
– bakes and shares cookies
– amazing social media and poster promotion for Fall in Love With Toastmasters Open House month
– continued newsletter, website, social media promotion for two clubs
– knows and respects her own limits
– sets a beautiful example for others to follow (modelling leadership)
– hosts executive meetings at her home
– offers monthly tech support for learning new TV visual aid

Sheila’s message was clearly heartfelt and she wrapped up by saying “You have truly gone above and beyond in your participation for the benefit of our Area Toastmasters this year.”

Congratulations and a great big thank you Weegee!