APR: Accredited in Public Relations
Not just anyone can do what you do.
As a skilled public relations professional, you know that your success is dependent on staying relevant, resourceful, and inspired. The Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential certifies your drive, professionalism, and principles, setting you apart from your peers and positioning you as a leader and mentor in the competitive public relations field. Building on the foundation of your educational degree, the APR keeps you current on today’s best practices and applications in the ever-evolving communications world.
- Asserts professional competence
- Communicates professional expertise, plus personal and professional dedication and values
- Reflects progressive public relations industry practices and high standards
Preparing for the APR is an exercise in success, as the process provides an assessment of your proficiency and accurately calibrates your craft, contacts, and career goals. Where extra support is needed, you’ll be introduced to a tremendously skilled and experienced network of mentors, providing you with a lifetime of guidance and expertise.
Earning the APR demonstrates your mastery of today’s strategic communications practice and your commitment to lifelong learning and ethical standards. Attaining this valuable distinction is a personal and professional achievement that can lead you to the next level in your career.
It takes a professional — someone with exceptional experience, broad expertise and strong dedication and values — to thrive at what you do. Profess what you know with the APR. Begin your journey to Accreditation in four steps.
Accreditation in Four Steps
The Accreditation process can be summarized in four steps. It is important to review resources available for all four steps, starting with the process chart, before pursuing APR.
- Review and complete the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations Application.
- Study and sit for a Panel Presentation.
- Continue to study and complete the computer-based examination.
- Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through maintenance.
Yankee Chapter’s Accreditation Co-Chairs Mary Ellen Hettinger, APR, and Jane Law, APR, can show you how. Not sure if the time is right for you? See this free webinar from PRSA, available on demand starting April 11: http://apps.prsa.org/learning/Calendar/list/date
Additional PRSA Resources
- FAQs – Accreditation in Public Relations Program
- FAQs – The Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations
- FAQ for the 2016 Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations
- 2016 Competencies/KSAs Tested in Examination (valid starting January 1, 2016)
- Candidate Process Chart for the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations
- The Accreditation Advantage (PPT)
- APR Study Guide (PDF)
- Recommended Texts for Study
- APR Online Study Course
- Panel Presentation Instructions for Candidates
- Panel Presentation Candidate Questionnaire
- Demo of Computer-Based Examination
- Some sample questions
- Maintenance Requirements: Application and Addendum
- Start with your Accreditation. Leave with your master’s degree.