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The Universal Accreditation Program was formed January 1, 1998 to provide public relations professionals with a certification program capable of providing distinction and professional advancement. It is administered by PRSA.

Requirements for obtaining accreditation in public relations (APR):

  • Active PRSA member with at least five years of full-time, paid professional public relations experience (recommended)
  • Submission of an application to PRSA national office
  • Participation in a Readiness Review where a committee reviews your work and your experience
  • If advanced by the committee, passage of a computerized examination at a local testing site 

To be considered, please check the national PRSA Accreditation Web site for an application. On this site, you will also find helpful information about the process, a study guide, and recommended books to prepare for the exam. Once your application is accepted, the national office will contact the Akron/Cleveland chapter APR Chair to arrange a Readiness Review.

For more information, please contact Nora Jacobs, APR or Christian Hunter, APR.

The Akron Chapter periodically offers classes to help prepare for the exam process. For more information, contact Nora Jacobs APR, at