Track Your Progress

You can use this handy document from Toastmasters International to track your progress through the Toastmasters program.

The Leadership Track allows you to acquire and practice the skills necessary to be an effective leader. To get started, you will complete the Competent Leadership manual.

You can serve as a Club leader, developing skills in planning, training, motivating, and managing. You even can become a District leader, where these skills are further enhanced, as well as participating in the “High Performance Leadership” program, which requires you to conduct a project of your choice in which you serve as a leader. The program provides study material and activities to complete.

When you combine skills learned in the Leadership Track with those acquired from the Communication Track, you may become a “Distinguished Toastmaster.”

The Communication Track is dedicated to improving speaking and listening skills. Toastmasters complete various speech projects at each education level, and obtain feedback from fellow club members. More information on the Communication Manuals can be found by clicking on the link above.

The Toastmasters International Educational Program



Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

  • Achieve Advanced Communicator Gold Award (or ATM-Gold)
  • Achieve Advanced Leader Silver Award (or AL)

Advanced Communicator Gold

  • Achieve Advanced Communicator Silver Award (or ATM-S)
  • Complete 2 additional advanced manuals
  • Conduct a Success/Leadership program, Success/Communication program, or a Youth Leadership program
  • Coach a new member with the first three speeches

Advanced Leader Silver

  • Achieve Advanced Leader Bronze (or “old” CL award)
  • Serve a complete term as a district officer
  • Complete the High Performance Leadership Program
  • Serve successfully as a club sponsor, mentor, or coach

Advanced Communicator Silver

  • Achieve Advanced Communicator Bronze (or ATM-B)
  • Complete two additional advanced manuals
  • Conduct two Better Speaker Series and/or Successful Club Series programs

Advanced Leader Bronze

  • Achieve Competent Leader Award
  • Achieve Competent Communicator Award (or CTM)
  • Serve at least six months as a club officer and participate in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while in this office
  • Conduct two programs from the Successful Club Series and/or the Leadership Excellence Series

Advanced Communicator Bronze

  • Achieve Competent Communicator Award (or CTM)
  • Complete two Advanced Communication Program manuals

Competent Communicator

  • Complete the Competent Communication manual

Competent Leader

  • Complete the Competent Leadership Manual

The Competent Leadership Manual

This manual is organized into ten separate projects, each with its own individual focus or objective. An extremely effective tool in developing your leadership skills, the Competent Leadership manual gives you the opportunity at the beginning of each project to do a self-inventory of the skills you already have, as well as those you feel may need improvement. Each project also lists numerous tips, how-to’s, and suggestions for practicing your new skills.

As with the Communication Track, another Toastmaster will evaluate each project, providing positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, as necessary.

After completing the Competent Leadership manual, you earn Competent Leader (CL) recognition and are able to focus your efforts on the projects in the advanced speech and leadership manuals of the Toastmasters program.

Your club’s Vice President Education (or other Club officer if a VPE is the one earning the award) can submit an application for your awards online at the Toastmasters International website.

The chart below lists the ten projects in the Competent Leadership manual.

Practice in Your Club
Listening & Leadership
Ah-Counter, Evaluator, Grammarian, Table Topics Speaker
Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking as the Evaluator, Grammarian, General Evaluator
Giving Feedback
Giving Feedback as the Evaluator, Grammarian, General Evaluator
Time Management
Managing time as the Toastmaster, Speaker, Table Topics Master, Grammarian, Timer
Planning & Implementation
Practice Planning Skills as a Speaker, General Evaluator, Toastmaster, Table Topics Master
Organizing & Delegating
Organizing & Helping with Club Speech Contests, Special Events, Membership & PR Campaigns, Club Newsletter & Website
Developing Your Facilitation Skills
Learn to Facilitate as the Toastmaster, General Evaluator, Table Topics Master, and by Befriending a Guest
Motivating People
Motivate others through being a Membership Campaign Chair or Contest Chair, a PR Campaign Chair, Toastmaster, Evaluator, General Evaluator
Mentor a New Member, Existing Member, and a Member working on the High Performance Leadership Project
Team Building
Practice Teambuilding as the Toastmaster, General Evaluator, Membership Campaign or Contest Chairperson, PR Campaign Chair, Club Speech Contest Chair, Club Special Event Chair, Club Newsletter Editor, Club Webmaster