The Consular Corps College is a non-profit, non-political professional society founded in 1969 by and for consuls. Its objectives are to enhance professional effectiveness and improve consular officers’ ability to serve their Sending Nations and Nationals by:
- Bringing consular officers together
- Serving as a channel of information about consular affairs
- Developing and promoting adherence to a code of ethics for consular officers
- Establishing criteria of competency for consular officers
- Establishing a means of certifying the ability to meet the criteria of competency established by the CCC
- Providing cutting-edge training on all aspects of consular duties
- Publishing and/or producing various kinds of educational material
- Informing those with whom we work of our functions and presence
- Connecting our members with the key governmental agencies and NGO’s they need to know
- Supporting local consular corps around the US by providing resources and materials to them
The College was founded in 1969 by Austrian Honorary Consul General Walter R. Rigerer with the primary goal of increasing professional communication among foreign consular officers serving in the United States. It is registered as a non-profit corporation in the Commmonwealth of Virginia.
- To increase communication and fellowship among foreign consular officers currently serving in the United States.
- To exchange professional information which will help consular officers in the effective performance of the duties entrusted to them by their sending States.
- To circulate the latest information on consular practice and law to consular officers; to their sending States; to local, State and Federal government officials in the United States; and to others affected by consular services.
- To educate a wider public about the nature and importance of consular functions and thereby remove impediments to the effective performance of consular duties.
- To maintain good relations with all protocol officers in the US.