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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 PRK exam learning objectives that are being tested:

  • 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 16, 2015 in most major urban centres across Canada. The following date is September 11, 2015.

Registration closes:
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, midnight PST (subject to availability of exam centre) 


Consider doing the PRK exam if you have graduated from a PR program in 2014 or will be graduating in 2015, 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 and recommended reading list
  • Membership in the online PRK Discussion Forum
  • Live webinar to prepare for the exam and ask questions


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

Kate Abel | CV
Vivian Binnema
Leanne Laverick | CV
Kealy Litun
Taylor Blades
Joshua Brighton | CV
Jacquie Lycka | CV
Shelby MacLeod
Emily Brennan
Kimberly Castlemain
Shantae Manders
Octavio Ulises Martinez
Audrey Champagne
Warren Mitchell
Jennifer Collins | Bio Mallory McCredie
Michelle Crossland | Bio Heather Olynick | CV
Ashley Degrace Dahlia Orcajada
Colleen Dunbar| CV Samantha Peck
Jaclyn Edwards
Nicole Fitch
Calyn Pettit
Hannah Rose Pratt
Jordan Fitzgerald| Bio
Stephanie Jeans
Stephanie Rochefort
Kelsey Rosenkranz
Phil Gaudreau | CV
Kim Rudolph
Anne Stevenson
Jerrica Goodwin
Joe Groat
Jodie Scoular | CV
Zuzanna Somora | CV
Kelly Hall
Roselyn Templeton
Katie Hayes
Robert Hickey
Shelley Ingram | Bio
Rachel Velsher
Leslee Vivian
Amy Watkins
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
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