Want to take your career to the next level?

Each year, PRSA Greater Cleveland offers accreditation courses for professionals seeking the APR credential. Not to boast, but our chapter’s candidates have a 95 percent pass rate! The best part – our chapter offers this course for free.

The Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Administered by PRSA, The Universal Accreditation Program was formed January 1, 1998 to provide public relations professionals with a certification program capable of providing distinction and professional advancement.

Requirements for obtaining accreditation in public relations (APR):

  • Must be an active PRSA member, in good standing.
  • Have at least five years of full-time, paid professional public relations experience (recommended, not mandatory)
  • Participation in a Readiness Review panel presentation where a committee reviews your work and your experience
  • If advanced by the committee, passage of a computerized examination at a local testing site

To be considered, please check the national PRSA Accreditation website for an application. On this site, you’ll also find helpful information about the process, a study guide and recommended books to prepare for the exam. Once your application is accepted, PRSA national will contact the Greater Cleveland chapter APR Chair to arrange a Readiness Review.

If you’re interested in learning more about the accreditation process and the chapter’s course offered, please contact the Cleveland Accreditation Chair, Jenn Elting, APR at

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Public Relations Society of America, Greater Cleveland Chapter