Public Affairs Management

PRCA Diploma in Public Affairs Management
Online Course

About this course

The qualification provides a broad overview of public affairs work and covers parliamentary processes such as legislative procedures and government policy-making. It includes a thorough exploration of public affairs planning, stakeholder identification, issues mapping, message development, parliamentary engagement and relationship management all set within a broader context of lobbying codes, ethical practice and personal responsibilities.

This course includes a one-day optional face to face workshop in central London on commercial skills such as writing proposals, agreeing budgets, time management and prioritisation and communicating with confidence.

Course detail

Online course


Assignments: 1

Study: 3 hours per week

Duration: 6 months

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Course Features

Self-paced learning

Unlimited tutor support

Specially selected online library

Lively online discussions

Access to course for a year

PRCA accredited

What are the course fees?

Enrolment and payment is via the PRCA. Please contact the PRCA team. 


18 September 2020

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01 March 2021

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Who’s it suitable for?

The PRCA Diploma in Public Affairs Management is for people working in public affairs in a junior role and people in other PR related disciplines who are looking to know more about public affairs or move career into public affairs.

In-house or agency. It is suitable for people working in both settings.

Experienced or entry level. The course is suitable if you are new to the field or a more experienced practitioner looking to underpin what you do with some theory, concepts and models.

Learning outcomes

Delegates will understand key concepts in public affairs management:

Lobbying, government relations, issues management, reputation management

Differences/similarities between public affairs work at an agency and in-house

Political PR

Lobbying codes, ethical practice and personal responsibilities

Parliamentary processes

Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Metro Mayors and Local Government processes.

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  • Full syllabus
  • Assignment details
  • Key dates
  • Reasons to study
  • About the PRCA

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Why get a qualification?

Learning over a period of time results in a deep level of understanding and demonstrates your personal commitment to learning.

Your questions answered

No. There are lots of advantages to being a member of a professional body though so if you aren't already, think about joining.
Online learning enables you to study for your qualification from anywhere in the world. Our courses use a mix of live webinars, online discussion and guided reading which we provide. Our blended learning courses mix online with optional face to face sessions. Your tutor is there to support you and help you to stay on track.
It isn’t essential, for example you can study while on a career break. For some of the higher level courses you will need some experience. Some of the assignments are designed to be based on your work but if you aren’t currently employed a tutor can help you with other options.
All our courses provide unlimited tutor support. We want to support you every step of the way.

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