The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award represents the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Requirements for earning the DTM*

  1. Complete two learning paths.
  2. Serve as a club officer for 12 months, participate in the preparation of a Club Success Plan, and participate in a district-sponsored club officer training program. (If your club has six-month terms for officers, you can fulfill this requirement by serving as a club officer twice, but you don’t have to do it in consecutive terms.)
  3. Serve a complete one-year term as a district officer.**
  4. Serve successfully as a club mentor or coach.**
  5. Serve successfully as a club sponsor or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership program.
  6. Complete the DTM project. (Members are required to create and implement a project of their own design, in which they demonstrate the skills and expertise they have gained.)

* Please refer to the Distinguished Toastmaster Award Application for a complete list of requirements.

**A club coach role successfully completed on June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020, or June 30, 2021 can be used to satisfy both the club coach requirement and the district leader requirement. Applications using this exception must be submitted to World Headquarters by emailing educationprogram@toastmasters.org and cannot be processed online through Club Central. For additional information, please review the Education Program FAQs.

Are you working towards your DTM?

Whether you are working toward your DTM in the legacy program or in Pathways, the process can be a little daunting. In Toastmasters fashion, we always offer a hand. Would you like to have a mentor help guide you through the process? Then contact our DTM Chair Carol Snyder for help.

LEGACY DTMS TAKE NOTE: Toastmasters World Headquarters is allowing members to submit their Advanced Leadership award applications early. Starting June 1, 2020, World Headquarters will begin processing leadership applications for members with leadership and Club Coach roles that are in progress until the end of the 2019-2020 program year. Submit EARLY to get credit!

Limited Extensions for DTM

Members may submit for their ALS or DTM award in the traditional program through June 30, 2021. Therefore, any work completed, such as a club sponsor/mentor role, now through the end of the next program year can be used as credit toward the requirements for either of these two awards. Please note, no other awards in the traditional education program will be accepted beyond June 30, 2020.

The ALS award will not count for credit toward the education goals in the Distinguished Club Program for the 2020–2021 program year, but the DTM award, whether achieved through Pathways or the traditional education program, will count for credit.

The club coach provision will be extended through June 30, 2021. If a club coach’s role is successfully completed on June 30, 2020, or June 30, 2021, that club coach can use that credit toward both the club support and the District leadership requirements for either an ALS or a DTM award in the traditional program or a DTM award in Pathways.

Carol Snyder
Carol SnyderDTM Chair