When you become an Accredited Public Relations (APR) practitioner it says a lot about you. It says that you have both the skills and commitment to be recognized as a top-notch public relations professional. It says that you are eager to succeed and have the personal discipline to achieve your goals. It says that you have mastered a comprehensive body of knowledge and agree to abide by a Code of Professional Standards for the practice of public relations.

APR Classes

Accreditation candidates may want to join a study group as they prepare for the APR exam. Participants in the classes will be loaned a study binder (fully refundable deposit of $50 is required for the binder).

How Much Does it Cost?

There is a $25 application fee and a $385 examination fee for processing the accreditation candidate application. PRSA members are eligible for a $110 rebate upon completion of the computer-based examination. Other expenses you may incur include the purchase of the one-year subscription to the APR online study course ($195 for members) and the recommended textbooks. Check with the accreditation chairperson before purchasing textbooks. Our chapter has a small supply of textbooks for loan or can help you find a used textbook. To learn more about preparation resources for the APR exam, visit the PRSA website candidate resource section.

Who is Eligible?

If you are a PRSA member and have some experience in the paid professional practice of public relations, or in the teaching or administration of public relations courses, then you are eligible to sit for the exam. It is recommended that accreditation candidates have at least five years of experience. To begin the process, you need to fill out an application via the PRSA website.