International Protocol Training

International Protocol Specialist Training

Join us for our 5-Day Certification “Train to be an International Protocol Specialist” in San Diego, California – March 13-17, 2023

Our updated modules are the culmination of the knowledge earned in completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Diplomacy (and currently pursuing a Master’s Degree) from the Diplo Foundation and the University of Malta in 2021. 

Diplomatic protocol is an ever-evolving set of rules that provide freedom for fruitful diplomatic discourse, cultural / business exchanges and strategic negotiations.  In effect, protocol and diplomacy are inextricably entwined.  Even with all the rules in place, things can go wrong: “Gaffes are probably even more memorable than the occasions which run smoothly.” (Rivett, 2018).

Protocol Specialists are the ultimate diplomats; the choreographers, who direct this dance of diplomacy.  

The impact of strong international relations is immeasurable and is dependent upon protocol, diplomacy and cross-cultural fundamentals.  The International Protocol Institute of California is dedicated to fostering that endeavor through its intensive international protocol training programs.  


  • On successful completion, you will be certified as an “International Protocol Specialist” and licensed to use the materials developed exclusively by the International Protocol Institute of California.
  • You will receive expert instruction that empowers you to deliver contemporary international protocol seminars and training programs for your company, your country or as a private protocol consultant.
  • You will attain the protocol procedural expertise to manage complex diplomatic events for visiting clients, dignitaries and delegations.


If your organization’s goal is to be world-class in conducting international business and establishing strong relationships, then it is critical to have representatives who understand cross-cultural and protocol norms to further your company’s international business objectives. This course provides the expertise to succeed in the global economy.


Attendance at the course gives you the skills to develop and master professional presence, cross-cultural fundamentals, diplomatic leadership skills and the ability to build strategic international relations that inspire trust and cooperation.


This course is designed for business executives, diplomats, government officials, protocol professionals, military personnel, non-governmental organizations, entrepreneurs, marketing / sales professionals (international focus) and those whom you are grooming to represent your company / organization at the international level.


  • Together with your fellow participants you bring a wide variety of experience and resources to the program. Our combined wealth of experience has allowed us to create an intensive five-day Certification Program where participants are challenged, through exploration of traditional and modern methodologies, to gain insights into the intricacies of delivering the highest level of protocol expertise.
  • The International Protocol Institute will request profiles of each participant to assess their level of interest, current protocol knowledge and their goals for attending the course, prior to the course commencement.


  • The essentials of global executive presence and competency.
  • The ability to lead like a diplomat.
  • Top-notch presentation skills and powerful media image.
  • In-depth knowledge of cross-cultural fundamentals that influence business decisions and negotiations.
  • The ability to expeditiously develop and present country-specific briefings.
  • The tools to become a respected protocol consultant or the in-house protocol and cross-cultural expert within your company.
  • The credentials to be considered for fast-track promotion in your industry.


  • International Certification
  • Expert guidance through a 5-day intensive, class-room training program.
  • Complete access to the training materials developed by IPIC, California.
  • Complete access to PowerPoint slides which can be used exclusively for your future training purposes.
  • Illustrated Manual consisting of 10 complete modules.
  • Access to the exclusive I.P.I.C Forum of past delegates to build new relationships and share expertise.
  • Continuing updates on materials and relevant articles related to modern diplomacy and corporate etiquette.
  • Ongoing Post-Training support



Modern Diplomacy/Professional Presence & Competency/Leadership and the Protocol Manager/Effects of Culture on Protocol & Negotiations/Diplomatic Procedure/Event Logistics/Arrivals/Departures/Ceremonies/ Order of Introductions/International Greetings/Introducing dignitaries at Representational Functions/Forms of Address/Titles/Team Briefing/Formal Invitations/ Hotels/Choosing the Site/Risk Management/Security Essentials/ Your Media Image/Polished Presentation Skills Event Management/Entertainment/Menus/Place Cards/Seating/Receiving Lines/Order of Precedence/Formal Dining & Social Situations Etiquette/Flag Etiquette/Marketing & Social Media strategies to promote your business/Design of marketing materials.

NOTE:  All materials are owned and copyrighted by the International Protocol Institute of California.