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APR Accreditation


Have you been thinking about pursuing your APR, Accreditation in Public Relations, but not sure how to get started? Help is available from the Madison PRSA Chapter! A committee has been formed to help you through the process.

Accreditation is the voluntary certification program administered by PRSA that signifies the very highest professional level of experience and competence. Accreditation demonstrates that individuals have the knowledge, ethics and experience that set them apart from other PR professionals.

Make this the year you get your APR certification! How can you get the accreditation wheels in motion?

1. Determine your eligibility. You must have paid experience in the full-time practice or teaching of public relations, and have earned a bachelor’s degree in a communication-specific field.

2. Apply to participate in the APR process. Complete the eligibility form and submit it with the application fee. The form and details for submission can be found on the National PRSA website.  

3. Notify the APR Committee. Once you’ve been informed by the national Universal Accreditation Board that you’re eligible, let the local APR Committee know.

4. Identify your needs. The APR Committee will help make the exam process as painless as possible. We will brief you about what to expect, set up study groups, provide access to study materials and give you any emotional support or other help you need to succeed.

For more information, contact PRSA Madison President Liesel Olson.