Certificate in Principles of Public Relations

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As you approach graduation, adding the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations to your resume could be the leg up you need to secure the position you want. The process, which can be summarized in the four steps below, complements coursework and can be used to finish your college career on top.

The Certificate program is offered at many colleges and universities, and is expanding. So far, the following colleges and universities have participated:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Ashland University
  • Baylor University
  • Belhaven University
  • Belmont University
  • Biola University
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Brigham Young University
  • California Baptist University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Calvin College
  • Central Washington University
  • Drake University
  • East Carolina University
  • East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Ferris State University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Kean University
  • Keystone College
  • Lake Erie College
  • Lee University
  • Louisiana State University, Alexandria
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Morgan State University
  • Monmouth University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Oakwood University
  • Ohio State University
  • Otterbein University
  • Reinhardt University
  • Roger Williams University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Spring Hill College
  • Stockton University
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Texas State University, San Marcos
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas, San Antonio
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Webster University

Universities need to have a faculty coordinator to participate in the program. Email accred@prsa.org for more information on joining our list of participating colleges and universities.

Best Practices for Students interested in earning the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations
Hear from students who passed the examination as they share their study tips for success.

Earn the Certificate in Four Steps

It is important to review resources available for all four steps, starting with the Certificate FAQs, before beginning the process.

  1. Work with your university's faculty coordinator to certify eligibility.
  2. Review and complete The Certificate in Principles of Public Relations Application online.
  3. Attend a certificate preparatory course or complete the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations Online Study Course.
  4. Study for and complete the computer-based Examination for Certificate in Principles of Public Relations.



After graduating, I was interviewed by hiring managers from the United States, Singapore, and Malaysia. Eight out of ten interviewers said that the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations stood out to them, as they screened my résumé.

Kimberley MartinKimberley Martin
Customer Service Communications Officer
Hospital Lam Wah Ee
Penang, Malaysia


I am really glad I earned the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations. The preparation course connected familiar public relations topics to brand new material I hadn't encountered yet. Passing the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations Examination gave me the confidence I needed and became a huge talking point during job interviews.

Maurielle CountsMaurielle Counts
Account Coordinator
Coyne Public Relations
Parsippany, New Jersey


Participating in the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations program was one of the most beneficial decisions I made as a college senior. The course material allowed me to better understand the variety of functions within the public relations profession and to connect PR topics to real-life scenarios. By passing the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations examination, I proved to myself that I was prepared to enter the public relations profession upon graduation.

Morgan Gay
Mississippi State University


Have your own story to tell about the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations?  Email accred@prsa.org