Toastmasters Educational Program

Award Commitment

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” ~ Anonymous

District 3 leadership invites and encourages you to not only write down your educational goals for the year, but to also make a commitment to rigorously pursue the achievement of these goals by June 30th, since that is the end of the Toastmaster Year (July to June).

Currently there is one method of achieving educational goals, which has two tracks; Communication and Leadership. However, Pathways is Coming! This means that you have a choice between Pathways and the Traditional method. The Traditional method is outlined below.

The requirements to achieve DTM has changed with Pathways. All new Toastmasters will be enrolled in this program, and existing members were given credit to enroll in one (and if a member of more than one club, two) paths. The Traditional method will be available to legacy enrollees until June 30, 2020. This will allow members to complete any projects that they are working on and work toward their next award, go all the way to Distinguished Toastmaster in the Traditional method, or switch to Pathways completely any time that they choose, before the final date.

Traditional method

Communication TrackLeadership Track

Competent Communicator (CC)

Competent Leader (CL)

Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)

Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)

  • Achieve Competent Leader (CL)
  • Achieve Competent Communicator (CC)
  • Serve as a club officer for at least six months and participate in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in this office
  • While serving in the above office, participated in a district-sponsored club officer training program (TLI)
  • Conducted any two presentations from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series

Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS)

Advanced Communicator (ACG)

Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

  • Achieve Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG)
  • Achieve Advanced Leader Silver(ALS)

Communication track tips:

  • Always have a hip-pocket speech ready to go so that you can jump in when last-minute speaking slots become available.
  • Always have your communication manual with you when you speak! This will prevent you from having to “figure out” what speech you gave and on which dates when the time comes to apply for an award.
  • Look for opportunities outside of your club, such as speech-a-thons sponsored by neighboring clubs, events at your place of worship, or opportunities to speak for other organizations. To get credit for other opportunities, all you need is to recruit a fellow Toastmaster to be your evaluator. Note there is a limit of two outside speeches for credit in the Competent Communication manual.
  • Join a struggling club. This will be mutually beneficial – you’ll have ample opportunities to speak, and you will be helping the club.
  • Limit the number of advanced manuals you work through. If you are working through four different advanced manuals, it will take you twice as long to get your next award. Concentrate on two at a time.
  • Compete in speech contests.
  • Crave, seek, and learn from feedback.

Leadership Track Tips:

  • Always have your Competent Leadership manual with you for every meeting, whether you are attending your home club or visiting another club.
  • Get credit for everything you do for your club!
  • Join a struggling club. This will be mutually beneficial – you’ll have ample opportunities for leadership, and you will be helping the club.
  • Get involved in district activities (such as contests, committees, or other special events).
  • The higher leadership role you have, the more mentors you should have.
  • Crave, seek, and learn from feedback.