I applied to be an APR candidate in June and sat for my exam in December — six months of hard work built on 10 years of industry experience contributed to my success. My approach included independent study, with an emphasis on the “short list” of recommended books provided by the Universal Accreditation Board. I also downloaded the study guide and actively participated in an online study group for the duration of my prep period. The weekly sessions were extremely helpful and kept me on track in my studies. My biggest fear was not the exam but the Readiness Review. I was daunted by the thought of the portfolio review and having to come up with a relevant case study from my work experience.

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