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 available in 2017, such as CC, CL, etc., are not 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 retains the DTM designation, but otherwise new types of designations are awarded. They are abbreviated by taking the initials of the path and then the level: for example, a member who has completed level one of the Dynamic Leadership path receives the designation "DL-1" (sometimes "DL1").