A Designation is an award by Toastmasters International of a title when a member has completed the requirements for the designation. While the designation may be referred to by its complete name, such as Competent Communicator or Competent Leader, normally the designations appear as abbreviations after a person's name, such as John Smith, CC, CL.
The Accredited Speaker designation is intended for professional speakers.
The designations which are currently available in 2017, such as CC, CL, etc., will not be awarded under the new Pathways program, although for a while members who are working on the current educational program will still be able to earn them. Pathways will retain the DTM designation, but otherwise new types of designations will be awarded.