Thinking of pursuing your APR? There are resources for that!

The journey to becoming accredited in public relations (APR) is a rigorous one, but CPRS has a full suite of resources available to help you through each step: the workplan, the written exam and the interview.
The CPRS National Council on Accreditation, with the support of CPRS members across the country, has developed resources for every learning style: those who learn by reading or writing notes, visual learners, and those who absorb information more effectively in discussion groups.
Browse the list of resources below, many of them housed on the national CPRS website and accessible to all CPRS members.
  1. The Application: If you have been working in public relations or communications for more than five years, consider the value and importance of achieving the APR.
  2. Local Society Accreditation Chairs: These CPRS volunteers are your first point of contact if you are interested in pursuing your APR or connecting with resources mentioned here.
  3. Webinars and information sessions: Recorded sessions will help demystify the process and support your learning and preparation.
  4. The APR Handbook: This is your roadmap to navigate each step of the APR process with more than 70 pages that describe each key step in detail as well as offer tips and more.
  5. Work Sample Guidance: This detailed guide will help you prepare your work sample.
  6. Previous Exams: Every year, a new exam is developed but the overall structure of the APR is standard. Review and use these previous editions to prepare for your written exam.
  7. Study Group Support:  Do you learn best by discussing issues with others? Then a study group might be what you need to prepare for the written exam.  
  8. Mentors: Connecting with a CPRS mentor might be the one-on-one support you need to help you through your journey to the APR.
  9. Bill Reese Learning Centre: Visit this repository of articles, webinars and other content. Browse the complete catalogue below, or search for a new skill, topic, or speaker.
  10. Archive of Successful Work Samples: Some winners of the national Excellence Awards submit their winning project to the Bill Reese Learning Centre. Because the applications must follow the R.A.C.E. formula, these samples offer helpful insights.