Accountants have CPA. Doctors have MD. Lawyers have Esq. We have APR.
Want to add more credibility to your name? How about three letters? APR.
The time is now. Get Accredited.
If you have been thinking about joining the ranks of thousands of practitioners across the United States who have earned their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), the time is now.
Practitioners who have successfully completed PRSA’s voluntary accreditation program have said it’s added to their PR knowledge base, made them more credible in the field and enhanced their desire to continue practicing and studying public relations. APR is not just three letters to put behind your name. It’s proof that you have demonstrated broad knowledge, experience and professional judgment in the public relations field.
What is the process?
Learn more here.
There are four steps to earning your APR. Most candidates require one-to-three months to progress through each step:
- Study for the exam– contact our Accreditation Chair for tips
- Complete the application and pay an exam fee
- Lead the Panel Presentation discussion about a campaign or project you planned
- Take the computer-based exam
Who is eligible?
Any PRSA member in good standing can earn Accreditation. Five years of professional public relations experience is recommended, along with either a bachelor’s degree in a communication-specific field (e.g., public relations, journalism, mass communication) or equivalent work experience.
The Accreditation program is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine leading industry organizations, including PRSA.
Who should I call if I have questions?
You will find detailed information about earning the APR on PRAccreditation.org.
Locally, please contact the Minnesota PRSA Accreditation Committee chair.
At the national office of PRSA, contact Kathy Mulvihill, Senior Manager, Accreditation, at (212) 460-1436 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the national website for additional information.
Ready to start? Here’s how Contact our Chapter Accreditation Committee Minnesota PRSA has an active Accreditation Committee committed to your success. Committee members and current APRs have mentored candidates through the process, and our chapter has a higher percent of APRs than almost any other chapter in the nation. Reach out to our committee chair to discuss your interest before you get started. The Accreditation process can be summarized in five steps. With planning and focus, APR is achievable in approximately four to six months: