Accreditation in Public Relations (APR)
APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. Individuals are selected based on broad knowledge, strategic perspective, and sound professional judgment.

What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary certification program for public relations professionals, administered by the Public Relations Society of America.

What is the purpose of Accreditation?
The purpose is to unify and advance the profession by identifying those who have demonstrated broad knowledge, experience and professional judgment in the field. The program seeks to improve public relations practice. The designation Accredited in Public Relations (APR) signifies a high professional level of experience and competence.

Why become Accredited?
APR is a symbol of professionalism. It demonstrates that individuals have the knowledge, ethics and experience that set them apart. Increasingly, job listings are specifying APR preferred. Many senior public relations professionals have been outspoken in support of Accreditation.

Who is Eligible?
Members of partner organizations who have at least five years of paid, full- time experience in the professional practice of public relations, or in the teaching or administration of public relations courses in an accredited college or university. Also, non-members who belong to member organizations of the North American Public Relations Council (NAPRC) and who meet the same requirements as Members are eligible. Please contact PRSA Headquarters for details.

What are the costs?
The fee for PRSA members is $275. The fee for members of other Partner Organizations is $385. The fee for non-members equals the fully allocated cost of administering the Examination. Additionally, non-members must pay an annual maintenance fee equal to PRSA member dues ($225).

The Examination Process
The process involves six steps:
1. Apply for Eligibility
2. Complete Readiness Review Questionnaire
3. Participate in Readiness Review
4. Request Coaching, Mentoring, Support Services
5. Schedule Your Examination
6. Take the Examination

The Readiness Review
The Readiness Review is a one to two-hour session with three review panelists, which includes submission of answers to a series of advance questions about a candidate's professional experience, a portfolio review and a discussion between the panelists and the candidate. The panelists will assess the candidate's readiness to take the examination. The candidate must successfully advance from the Readiness Review in order to take the examination.

The candidate must submit four copies of Readiness Review questionnaire to local APR chair at least 15 business days in advance of the scheduled review.

For More Information
See PRSA National Accreditation and the Universal Accreditation Board.

The Las Vegas Valley Chapter has a strong APR program with training and workshops geared toward helping members earn their accreditation. Please contact us or send an email to accreditation -at-

Accredited Las Vegas Valley Chapter Members:

Vince M. Alberta, APR

Carrie O. Amox, APR

Amy Bouchard, APR

Justin R. Broglio, APR

Roger Buehrer, APR

Kristen S. Cannon, APR

Collen Curran, APR

Clark Dumont, MA, APR

Tiffany Suzanne East, APR

Rina E. Foster, APR

Diane Lancaster Gibes, APR

Cheryl Persinger Gowan, APR

Dan C. McFadden, APR

Dawn L. Merritt, APR

Lori B. Nelson-Kraft, APR

Holly G. O’Brien, APR

Gretchen Papez, APR

MacKenzie E. Ruta, APR

Jennifer R. Schuricht, APR

Kevin Stoker, Ph.D., APR

Lisa M. Story, APR

James R. Stover, APR

Sarah A. Thornton, APR

Nancy C. Weaver, APR

Karen L. White, APR

Nicole R. Wolf, APR


Gretchen Papez, APR Testimonial 

Carrie Amox, APR Testimonial

Accreditation Maintenance
To maintain your Accreditation, you should accumulate points in continuing education, professionalism or public service over a three-year period. See Maintenance of Accreditation.

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