I had moved to Denver in late 2007, when I began thinking about Accreditation. Candidates have a year to complete the process, but I didn’t want to start the clock ticking right away, so I spent some time familiarizing myself with the KSAs and the Universal Accreditation Board’s bookshelf. I got involved in Denver’s PRSA Chapter and asked existing APR professionals about their Accreditation experience. Soon, the Chapter set up a social network on Ning for APR practitioners and aspiring candidates, and I began scouring member profiles in search of those pursuing Accreditation.

A year-and-a-half had passed since I arrived in Colorado, and I applied to begin the Accreditation process. I developed responses to the Readiness Review questionnaire and joined a study group. Perfect.

Except that life intervened.

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