The Road to Distinguished Toastmaster

Congratulations to our Triple Crown Winners
Noralee Cole, DTM

Noralee Cole, DTM
DTM Encourager

Honorable, Eminent, Notable—These are some ways that organizations describe those members who have reached the pinnacle of success. In Toastmasters, we call those people Distinguished Toastmasters (DTMs)—the highest award a Toastmaster can achieve. Webster’s dictionary defines distinguished as: successful, authoritative, and commanding great respect.

Distinguished Toastmasters are a rare breed. Less than one percent of all Toastmasters ever achieve that designation. In District 39 we have about 140 DTMs currently. These members have persisted in achieving all of their educational awards, every leadership goal, and have served the clubs and district by being officers, conducting speech crafts, and starting or helping to start new clubs.

Why become a Distinguished Toastmaster? What makes these people strive for that mountain of achievement? There may be as many reasons as there are Distinguished Toastmasters. Some are life-long learners and want to continue learning. Others are focused on job promotions. Many continue to achieve goals to help their clubs to success. Still others want to have the prestige of the initials, DTM, behind their names.

Whatever the reason, achieving a DTM award is not the end of a Toastmaster’s career but the beginning of an advanced opportunity to apply what they have learned to attain even higher levels of leadership and communication competency. A graduate degree, so to speak.

Are you ready to be a Distinguished Toastmaster? Check out the requirements below. You may already be closer than you think.

Need help? Contact your District leaders and/or look for special training at the Toastmasters Leadership Institutes in June, July, August, December, January and February.

For more information contact:

Noralee Cole, DTM – DTM Encourager



Requirements to be a Distinguished Toastmaster


Competent Communicator (CC)

  • Complete 10 projects in the Competent Communicator Manual

Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)

  • Achieve Competent Communicator award
  • Complete two Advanced Communication Series manuals

Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS)

  • Achieve Advanced Communicator Bronze award (or achieved Able Toastmaster or Advanced Toastmaster Bronze award)
  • Complete two additional advanced manuals
  • Conduct any two presentations from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series

Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG)

  • Achieve Advanced Communicator Silver award (or achieved Able Toastmaster Bronze or Advanced Toastmaster Silver award)
  • Complete two additional advanced manuals
  • Conduct a presentation from the Success/Leadership Series, Success/Communication Series or a Youth Leadership
  • Coach a new member with the first three speech projects.

Competent Leader (CL)

  • Complete the 10 projects in the Competent Leadership manual.

Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)

  • Achieve Competent Leader award
  • Achieve Competent Communicator award (or Competent Toastmaster award)
  • Serve at least six months as a club officer and participate in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in this office
  • While a club officer, participate in a district-sponsored club officer training program Conduct any two programs from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series

Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)

  • Achieve Advanced Leader Bronze award (or “old” Competent Leader award)
  • Served a complete term as a district officer (district governor, lieutenant governor, public relations officer, secretary, treasurer, division governor, area governor)
  • Complete the High Performance Leadership program
  • Serve successfully as a club sponsor, mentor or club coach

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

  • Achieve Advanced Communicator Gold award (or Advanced Toastmaster Gold award) Achieve Advanced Leader Silver award (or “old” Advanced Leader award)

For more details see the Communication and Leadership Tracks at Toastmasters International.

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