Take Your Career to the Next Level by
Earning your Accreditation in Public Relations


What is the APR (Accreditation in Public Relations)?
Earning your Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation proves that you have successfully demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice public relations effectively in today’s business arena. The process consists of a panel presentation and a computer-based written exam. Learn more about earning an APR here:

Who May Pursue the APR?
Any PRSA member in good standing may take on the challenge of earning accreditation. However, it is recommended that candidates have at least five years of experience in the full-time practice or teaching of public relations and who have earned either a bachelor’s degree in a communication-specific field (e.g., public relations, journalism, mass communication) or have equivalent work experience using public relations principles; writing, editing and reporting; or involving public relations campaigns, research, ethics and law, and internships (practical experience under supervision).

Meg Treat

“OCPRSA’s APR Study Session course not only helped me to successfully earn my accreditation, it also unlocked a greater sense of confidence in my practice of PR and empowered me to share the true purpose of our profession with the world. The course comes with an incredible community full of the support and guidance that you’ll need as you navigate the process. Don’t go it alone — take the APR journey with your peers right here in Orange County!”
Meg Treat, APR
Owner and Principal
Treat Public Relations

Get Started Today!

Step One: Complete the APR Application and submit it to the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) with the exam/application fee. UAB will inform our local APR Chair that you are eligible for your panel presentation. The exam fee is $385 for PRSA members, and $110 will be refunded to PRSA members upon completion of the exam. Allow at least one month for processing. Your PRSA membership must be active to qualify for the application.

Step Two: Inquire about our annual OCPRSA APR Study Session Course, a 10-week series of instructional classes held every spring that prepares mid- to senior-level practitioners to sit for the panel presentation and computer-based exam. An accredited PR professional instructs each class and candidates are provided with a structured process for learning the material and studying with each other. The course includes instructional classes, mock panel presentation, portfolio preparation, and formally evaluated panel presentation. The course costs $250, with a $100 rebate upon completion/passing of the panel presentation (oral exam).

Alternatively, you can register for the APR Online Study Session, offered year-round. The cost is $195 for PRSA members for a one-year subscription to the course. Visit to see the schedule and check out an open house.

Step Three: Learn more about the APR process by visiting:


Angela Burrell, APR
aburrellstar (at) gmail (dot) com

Kathy Mulvihill
National PRSA Accreditation Manager
kathy (dot) mulvihill (at) prsa (dot) org