Be an Industry Leader: Earn Your APR
Earning your APR takes your skills to the next level by exposing you to today’s cutting‐edge strategies and practices, assessing your skills to identify strengths and opportunities for growth, and demonstrating your personal and professional commitment to excellence. Learn more today.

What is Accreditation?
Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit PRAccreditation.org.

Six Steps to Your APR

  1. Apply Nationally to Begin the APR Process
  2. Participate in Coaching and Mentoring Sessions
  3. Complete Panel Presentation Questionnaire
  4. Participate in Panel Presentation
  5. Schedule Your Computer-Based Examination
  6. Take the computer-based examination

Background Information

What is Accreditation?
Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice, and who are selected based on broad knowledge, strategic perspective, and sound professional judgment.

What is the purpose of Accreditation?
The purpose is to unify and advance the profession by identifying those who have demonstrated broad knowledge, experience and professional judgment in the field. The program seeks to improve public relations practice. The designation APR signifies a high professional level of experience and competence.

Why become Accredited?
Increasingly, job listings are specifying APR preferred. Senior public relations professionals have been outspoken in support of Accreditation. "APR is a symbol of professionalism. It demonstrates that individuals have the knowledge, ethics and experience that set them apart. It also demonstrates that they care about their own profession and that they are dedicated to enhancing their own personal abilities." Joe S. Epley, APR, Fellow PRSA, Chairman and CEO, Epley Associates, Charlotte, NC.

The Value of an APR
“Having my APR is instant recognition that I have experience and proven expertise in public relations. It has opened doors and opportunities that I don't think would have been possible without those three letters."- Lori Johnson, APR

“I achieved my accreditation in public relations in 2003. The study process reinforced everything I had been taught while earning my master’s degree in public relations. I encourage public relations practitioners to earn their APR. I feel having my APR gave me the edge over another candidate when I applied for my current position—the best job ever, which I have held for the past 14 years.” - Derinda D. Blakeney, APR

“Becoming accredited in public relations has been extremely valuable to my career by helping me better and more-fully understand public relations. I started my career in journalism and earning my APR gave me new insight into public relations. I now feel armed with two minds: the journalistic mind and the mind of a public relations professional. I also met amazing and generous people throughout the process and am grateful for their expertise and collegiality. I’m fortunate that the organization I work for values continuing education, and I feel both myself and my company have reaped many benefits from this process.”- Melissa Herron, APR

APR: Strength in Numbers 
Someone once said, "There's strength in numbers." That is certainly true when it comes to our chapter's commitment to accreditation: 49 of our 170 members are Accredited in Public Relations (APR). If you've considered accreditation, there's no better time than now to move forward with your professional development. Our chapter members will share their experiences and help guide/mentor you through the accreditation process. 

  • Brian Alford, APR
  • Scott Baradell, APR
  • Brenda Barwick, APR
  • Gayle Berry, APR
  • Derinda Blakeney, APR
  • Jeremy Burton, APR
  • Bonnie Cain-Wood, APR
  • Pamela Campbell, APR
  • Meta Carstarphen Ph.D. APR
  • Julie Claggett, APR
  • Kristin Davis, APR
  • Lee Ann DeArman, APR
  • Becky Endicott, APR
  • Erin Engelke, APR
  • Kristin Ewing, APR
  • Shane Granger, APR
  • Katy Gustafson, APR
  • Jill Harrison, APR
  • Melissa Herron, APR
  • Elizabeth Hunt, APR
  • Lori Johnson, APR
  • David Klaassen, APR
  • Rachel Klein, APR
  • Karen Kurtz, APR
  • Katherine Leidy ABC APR
  • Holley Mangham, APR
  • Michael Mayberry, APR
  • Mary Myrick, APR
  • Cathy Nestlen, APR
  • Adrienne Nobles, APR
  • Erin Page, APR
  • Lee Reynolds, APR
  • Stacy Rine, APR
  • Diana Rogers Jaeger, APR
  • Tristan Shutt, APR
  • Jeanetta Sims Ph.D., APR
  • Sam Sims, APR
  • Jacqueline Sit, APR
  • Paula Ward, APR
  • Amy Welch CAE APR
  • Christine Woodworth, APR
  • Melody Wortmann, APR
  • Kristy Yager, APR
  • Sherry Kast, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Sandra Longcrier, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Chad Perry, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Robert Pritchard, APR, Fellow PRSA