CIPR Professional PR Certificate Online

10 months
Taught at Degree level

Online and face to face at ETC Venues, London

Accredited by: CIPR
Next date: (Online course - more dates are available below)
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Build your professional confidence. Understand how communication works, and discover how to design and plan winning campaigns. Studying for the CIPR Professional PR Certificate is a great way to develop your skills or gain a solid introduction to public relations. You will learn from experienced practitioners and study alongside others working in PR.

Learn how to think in a more planned and focused way and the latest ideas regarding social media. 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.

The course is taught over approximately ten months with three assignments.

If you are paying for the course yourself, you can now pay in ten easy instalments.

Why study with PR Academy?

Great results, the best tutors, fantastic online spaces plus unlimited tutor support throughout. The course is really flexible with content ‘on demand’ so that you can study at your own pace but with your course leader on hand at all time to keep you on track.

Download our course fact sheet from the link at the top of the page to learn more.

This course is also available face to face in London.

Meet your course leaders Maud Davis and Dr Heather Yaxley.

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

Further information:

Our tuition costs: £995 plus VAT

Pay as you study: 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 total course price is made up of the tuition fees plus the CIPR course registration fee and awarding body fee. Breakdown:

PR Academy tuition fee: £995 plus VAT

CIPR Awarding body fee: £810 VAT exempt

CIPR Course registration fee: £75 VAT exempt

Total including VAT: £2079

Our online learning centre makes virtual networking with other practitioners possible too. Unlike other online courses, your tutor is with you all the way – you aren’t left on your own to work through reams of static content. Your tutor will be keeping in touch and helping you to stay on track.

  • Unlimited tutor support during your course.
  • Live introductory webinars run by your course leader to ensure you understand thecourse and the assignments.
  • Regular online discussions about contemporary practice.
  • Marking and feedback on your assignments.

The CIPR Professional PR Certificate is right for you if..

  • You are interested in pursuing a career in PR
  • You have been working in the PR industry at a fairly junior level for at least two years
  • You are working in any field of PR (e.g. media relations, internal communications or public affairs) and would like to obtain your first professional qualification.

You qualify for the CIPR Professional PR Certificate if you have any of the following:

  • CIPR Foundation
  • any UK recognised degree, or equivalent
  • two years' relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors, e.g. marketing, journalism) and 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in the English Language.

In addition, those whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the language – spoken and written – to an International Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.

If you don't have enough experience in these areas, CIPR Foundation may be a better starting point for you.

If you aren’t sure whether you meet the entry criteria, get in touch by calling +44 (0)203 862 6910 or emailing

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