CIPR Specialist Diploma: Crisis Communication

6 months
Taught at Masters level

Online with one day optional workshop in London

Accredited by: CIPR
Next date: (Online course - more dates are available below)
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Learn about the different levels and impacts of crises, the building and maintaining of effective plans and the purpose and importance of training. Discover how to use influencing strategies to avoid or avert a crisis.

You will learn about:

  • Crisis prone behaviour and management styles
  • The organisation in society
  • Issues management
  • Reputation, its vulnerabilities and its opportunities
  • Trust as an asset
  • Relationships – why and how they can support or threaten
  • Carrying out effective audits and research.

This six month diploma is taught online with an optional one day face to face workshop in central London.

There is one assignment, an in-depth investigation to produce a document that would guide an organisation in effective crisis management planning.

Why study with PR Academy?

Great results, the best tutors, fantastic online and classroom spaces plus unlimited tutor support throughout.

  • Live webinars and unlimited tutor support
  • Fantastic workshop run by one of the most experienced crisis comms practitioners, Chris Tucker.

Meet your course leader, Chris Tucker.

See what it’s like to study with PR Academy.

Further information:

Our tuition costs : £1340 plus VAT*

If you are paying your own tuition fees, you have the option to pay by instalment. Instalment details are here.

If you are paying for the course yourself, payment is by credit or debit card. If your employer is paying, when you come to enrol you can request an invoice so that they can pay us by bank transfer.

*The course price is made up of the tuition fees plus the CIPR course registration fee and awarding body fee. Breakdown:

PR Academy tuition fee: £1340 plus VAT

CIPR Awarding body fee: £330 VAT exempt

CIPR Course registration fee: £75 VAT exempt

Total including VAT: £2013

An optional one day crisis communication workshop in London. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the most experienced crisis communication practitioners.

Unlimited tutor support. There are live webinars run by experienced tutor/practitioners with the opportunity for lots of interaction, which are also recorded for later playback. There are regular, lively online discussions about contemporary practice. Our online learning centre makes virtual networking with other practitioners possible too. Unlike lots of online learning your tutor is with you all the way – you aren’t left on your own to work through lots of static content. Your tutor will be keeping in touch and encouraging you all the way.

Access to PR Academy’s online learning centre with discussion forums, links to resources and an online library.

This course is designed for experienced public relations practitioners who are keen to develop their expertise in the area of response and crisis management. You will possibly already hold the CIPR diploma or an undergraduate degree in PR or Communication.

The CIPR sets out entry criteria for this course as follows:

The CIPR Specialist Diploma: Crisis Communication is right for you if…

You have completed the CIPR Professional PR Certificate

You are an experienced PR professional without an industry specific qualification

You are working in any field of public relations (e.g. media relations, internal communications or public affairs)

You want to learn about the strategic roles and functions of the public relations practitioner.

The CIPR enrolment criteria:

CIPR Professional PR Certificate


One of the following plus one year's relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors, e.g. marketing, journalism) and five GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in English language:

CIPR Specialist Certificate: Internal Communication

Postgraduate professional qualification in a related discipline (e.g. CIM diploma)

UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a PR-related discipline: business, marketing, management, communication, media or journalism


One of the following plus two years' relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors) and five GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in English language:

CAM Advanced Diploma in Marketing Communication

NCTJ Diploma

UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any other subject

LCCIEB qualification which must comprise five level-three subjects in PR, marketing, advertising, and principles & practice of management


Four years' relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors) and five GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in English language.


If English is not your first language, you must be able to demonstrate that you can write and speak English to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.


If you aren’t sure whether you meet the entry criteria, get in touch by calling +44 (0)20 3862 6910 or emailing

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