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5 Steps to Accreditation

Thought about earning your APR but you’re not sure just what’s involved? Explore the process with “5 Steps to Accreditation,” a webinar recording that you can access here:

In this one-hour recording, Minnesota’s own Barb Nicol, APR, will give you an inside scoop on what’s covered in the new APR exam and how to best prepare for your Readiness Review!

Fall 2016 APR Study Workshop

Join us for six one-hour webinars on consecutive Tuesdays beginning October 11, 2016. Each webinar will cover one of the six areas tested on the computer-based examination for Accreditation in Public Relations. Learn and prepare for the exam with anonymity—conveniently offered at your computer or mobile device over the lunch hour. FREE for Minnesota PRSA members or those willing to become members while earning APR


Register here.


APR Application Steps before Readiness Reviews


The first APR Readiness Reviews are scheduled for June. If your goal is to sit for a Readiness Review panel in June or anytime in 2016, make sure you plan in these steps and timeline:

1.      If you aren’t already, become a member of PRSA.

2.      Apply for the APR process at and pay your fee. Your application must be approved by national PRSA 45 days prior to your Readiness Review panel.

3.      Request a Readiness Review be set up for you by contacting Karen Lyons, APR at

4.      Submit your Readiness Review Questionnaire to Karen no later than 15 days in advance of your scheduled Readiness Review. 

5.      Bring your portfolio to your scheduled Readiness Review.


APR Information


At any time, you may visit the UAB website ( for online study courses and in-person courses available for a fee.


For any questions about APR, please contact Minnesota PRSA Accreditation committee chair Janet Swiecichowski, APR at







Minnesota PRSA
5353 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 350
Minneapolis MN 55416
Phone: 952-564-3046
Fax: 952-252.8096

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