PR Certificate

CIPR Professional PR Certificate online

About this course

Studying for the CIPR Professional PR Certificate is a great way to develop your skills or gain a solid introduction to public relations. Learn how to think in a more planned and focused way. Discover how communication works and learn about content curation.

Enrol as soon as you are ready to start. Study at your own pace.

Our course includes live online sessions, tutorials and individual feedback on assignment topics.

Course detail

Start any time


Assignments: 3

Study at your own pace

Approximately 10 months

Payment options: instalments available

Study Support Package

Live interactive online workshops

One to one tutorials

Online library with all the books you need

Individual feedback on your assignment ideas

Study Hub: our bespoke online learning centre

Networking via our LinkedIn group

Easy tutor contact

Pay monthly

Initial fee: £645 (incl. VAT)

10 monthly instalments: £150 (incl. VAT)

A one-off initial fee is taken when you enrol. Instalments are collected monthly from the date you enrolled.

How we calculate your fee

PR Academy tuition: £995 (+ VAT)

CIPR fees: £951 (no VAT)

Total: £1,946 (+VAT)

VAT is calculated upon enrolment and is dependent on your location and situation.
VAT inclusive fee is £2,145

Payment methods include Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and more

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+ VAT & CIPR assessment

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£995+VAT & CIPR assessment fee

Who is this course for?

Early career. This online CIPR Professional Public Relations Certificate course is right for you if you have a degree and want to get into PR, or you may be early in your PR career and keen to get a qualification.

Career boost. Become a more confident communicator with the skills to take your practice to the next level. Demonstrate your ability to plan and measure what you do.

Flexible learning. You want to be able to study at a time and place that works for you.

Learning outcomes

Come away from the course a more critical thinker, equipped to ask the killer questions that will gain you the respect of clients/colleagues and deliver winning campaigns.

Learn the theory that underpins effective PR practice. Research and develop PR plans, create content that helps an organisation to tell a story, change attitudes and influence behaviours. Measure the impact of communication activities.

Apply what you learn. Be assessed on real-life or work-related projects which is great for employers, showing the practical relevance of the course.

Reviews from our graduates

Discover how our courses work

Ann Pilkington, co-founder of PR Academy explains how our courses work, demonstrates our Study Hub and explains the resources and support you will receive. Also hear from members of the PR Academy alumni.

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Meet your course leader Maud Davis

“I feel very lucky because I live in London and love what I do. I meet lots of bright people through PR Academy – many of them rising stars and I am always learning.”

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Find out what it’s like to study with PR Academy.

Learning about theory and strategy completely changed the way I understood PR and helped me to begin to measure the work that my team and I were doing. Tailoring the work throughout the course to our own companies meant that the qualification was not just valuable in principle but in practice too.

Caitlin Burridge

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Your questions answered

It definitely can. Many of our students are studying in order to increase their confidence and boost their CV and report a new role or promotion as a result of their qualification. In PR Academy’s 2023 research into PR education, respondents were asked - if they hold a professional qualification - has it led to career progression/promotion. This is a question that PR Academy has tracked since 2013. There is a consistent report of between 74 and 85 percent that a professional qualification has led to a career progression combined with confidence that it will.
Some organisations ask for qualifications when advertising PR jobs.  While a PR qualification isn't essential it improves your CV and also shows your personal commitment to the profession and continuous learning.
If you are looking for a qualification in PR, then a professional qualification is a good option because you can study while you work. The syllabi for CIPR qualifications is very practical while still underpinned by theory so you can apply what you learn straight away.
Yes they are. We have practitioners from all over the world studying with us. The CIPR is the only chartered body for public relations which adds to the recognition of the qualification around the world.
There are CIPR qualifications at all levels. If you are just starting out the Foundation in PR is for you. If you are a few years into your career the Professional PR Certificate or internal communication certificate are designed for you. For more experienced practitioners there are diploma qualifications at approximately Master's level. If you aren't sure just get in touch for a chat.
Our CIPR and PRCA qualifications are designed for practitioners who want to advance their career with a stronger understanding of theory leading to more strategic campaigns. Many of our students say it boosts their confidence and they go on to better jobs or promotion.
Yes, we regularly speak to practitioners who are using a qualification as a way to refresh their knowledge, get up to date with latest practice and boost their CV. A qualification can be a great reminder of how much you already know boosting your confidence to get back into the PR job market. In our 2023 research into PR education, 84% of respondents said they were doing it to increase their skills.

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