PR Academy - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a CIPR member to do a CIPR qualification?

No. There are lots of advantages to being a member though, so if you aren't already think about joining.

Where are face to face classes held?

In central London, near Liverpool Street Station. At the lovely Etc Venues. See more on our contact page. Situated just a few minutes from Liverpool Street mainline station, the venue is located in the heart of the City, making it easy to reach from anywhere in the Square Mile. Located next to vibrant Spitalfields Market it’s also within walking distance of Shoreditch overland station.

The venue is great with lots of options for lunch and the best ice cream!

Sometimes we may need to use a different venue, but it will always be of the same high quality.

What does online learning involve?

We put a high level of tutor support into our online courses – we are with you every step of the way. There are live webinars, also recorded for later playback, guided reading with an online library and lively discussions in the forums.

How much time to I need to set aside each week for my course?

It varies according to the course and the stage you are at. When you are working on your assignments it can be quite a lot, but less at other times.  As a very general guide, think about allowing between two and four hours.

Will I need to do any pre-work or pre-reading?

No, we will guide you on what to do and what to read once the course starts.

Is there any funding available to help with course fees?

There may be funding available in your area, so it is always a good idea to do some research as there may be schemes that we aren’t aware of. 

What is included in the course fees?

For CIPR courses, your course fee is a combination of the PR Academy tuition fees and the CIPR awarding body and registration fee. PR Academy provides all your tuition plus an online learning centre with books and resources and marks your work. If you come to face to face classes we provide you with lots of tea and coffee and a lovely lunch.  You don’t really need to buy any books as most resources are online, but you can of course purchase books if you like and we can help you to decide what to buy. 

For APM courses, if you have elected to take the short exam, then your course fee includes this plus of course all the tuition and resources.

Does it matter if I miss some of the workshops (face to face) or webinars (online)?

We would recommend that you attend all the workshops. If something happens and you can’t attend you will find all the materials available on our online learning centre that supports your studies.  If you are studying online it is best to attend the webinars live, but if you can’t this isn’t a problem as they are always recorded for later playback.

What happens if I find that I can’t meet a deadline?

You need to talk to us in the office or your course leader.  Each course/awarding body has different rules about how much time you have to complete the course.  It is important to note that we don't move students between courses, you will remain on the course that you enrolled for but we will leave the course open on our online learning centre for some time so you have access to all the resources. 

What are the payment options?

We must have payment before the course starts, either in full or, if paying by instalment, the first instalment must be paid. The instalment option is available to you if you are paying for yourself. When you enrol you need to be ready to make the payment online with a credit or debit card unless your employer is paying and wants an invoice so that they can pay by bank transfer.

Are there entry criteria for the qualifications?

The CIPR sets out some guidance on this which you can see on the course pages. It is important that you do the course that is best for you, if you aren't sure get in touch and we can advise.

What are the awarding body fees and/or CIPR registration fee for?

The awarding bodies invest in the development of the qualifications, overseeing teaching centres and checking results.

What is the difference between being CIPR Chartered and doing a qualification?

Chartership is not a qualification.  Chartered organisations offer members the opportunity to become chartered. It is usually awarded based on qualifications held and experience. It requires membership of the CIPR and continuous professional development (CPD) to be maintained once awarded.