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PRK Profile: Joe Groat

Joe Groat is a man on the move. The native of Edson, roughly two hours west of Edmonton, recently graduated from the public relations program at Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary. Joe currently works for Shell Canada Ltd. as a communications advisor, but it's the journey he took to get there that makes his story different from others. (read more)

Is the PRK exam for you?

If you are starting your career in public relations and wondering if the PRK exam is for you, you may find it helpful to understand the learning objectives that are evaluated by the exam:

  • identify commonly understood public relations theories and practices;
  • formulate communications strategies and tactics appropriate for a number of described business situations;
  • distinguish between correct and incorrect terms and processes typically used in public relations, corporate communications and marketing communications;
  • employ appropriate editing skills to create error-free copy;
  • clearly and correctly express concepts and arguments in writing;
  • analyze a described workplace situation and apply sound judgment in creating an appropriate solution.

Next exam:

The next Public Relations Knowledge (PRK)® exam will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 and the following exam will be on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Registration closes:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, midnight PST (subject to availability of exam centre) 


Consider doing the PRK exam if you graduate from a PR program in 2016 or earlier and have some work experience, or if you are a public relations practitioner within the first five years of practice. 


The PRK Readiness Program is a good tool to prepare for the exam and includes:

  • The Study Guide, CPRS Style Guide and recommended reading list
  • Membership in the online PRK Discussion Forum
  • Webinar to prepare for the exam


Congratulations to all who have successfully completed the Public Relations Knowledge (PRK)® Exam!

Kate Abel | CV
Bram Abramson
Leanne Laverick | CV
Kealy Litun
Vivian Binnema
Taylor Blades
Emily Brennan
Jacquie Lycka | CV
Shelby MacLeod
Joshua Brighton | CV
Shantae Manders
Octavio Ulises Martinez
Kimberly Castlemain
Warren Mitchell
Audrey Champagne
Jennifer Collins | Bio
Mallory McCredie
Erin Morawetz
Michelle Crossland | Bio Heather Olynick | CV
Ashley Degrace Dahlia Orcajada
Colleen Dunbar| CV Samantha Peck
Jaclyn Edwards
Calyn Pettit
Hannah Rose Pratt
Nicole Fitch
Jordan Fitzgerald| Bio
Stephanie Rochefort
Kelsey Rosenkranz
Stephanie Jeans
Phil Gaudreau | CV
Kim Rudolph
Jodie Scoular | CV
Jerrica Goodwin
Joe Groat
Devon Sivill
Zuzanna Somora | CV
Kelly Hall
Katie Hayes
Anne Stevenson
Roselyn Templeton
Steven Trottier | CV
Robert Hickey
Elana Ilott
Shelley Ingram | Bio
Kay Tse
Rachel Velsher
Leslee Vivian
Amy Watkins
Vince Kanasoot | CV
Amanda Kemsley
Maria Kotovych | CV
Lars Wessman
Brandon Westman | CV
Salem Woodrow

Is the Public Relations Knowledge (PRK)® exam for you?
You should consider writing the exam if you are a:
  • graduate (or about to graduate) from a public relations program and want to demonstrate your foundation of public relations knowledge and boost your visibility by posting your CV on the CPRS website
  • junior public relations professional motivated to distinguish yourself
  • professional who has been working in a public relations or communications position but had not graduated from a public relations study program

Detailed information on the PRK exam is available HERE
    Exam Locations
    Book early to ensure an exam location can be arranged in your city. We do our best to ensure you can write locally but cannot guarantee a location will be found if registration takes place in the last 10 days before the exam.

    CPRS National Office
    10:30 am - 1 pm
     Fanshawe College
    Grant MacEwan University
    City Centre Campus
    10:30 am - 1 pm
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
    Richmond campus
    9 - 11:30 am