Editor’s note: This is the part of an ongoing series of articles from communicators who have earned their Accreditation in Public Relations, describing what led them to become accredited and what the accreditation experience was like for them.
Since entering the professional world and at the beginning of each new year, I endeavor to set at least one personal and professional goal for myself. As I was considering my goals for 2014, one theme kept emerging — continuous learning. I decided my path to continuous learning was through obtaining my Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). For many years, I had been considering Accreditation, and knew, in order to grow my career, it was time to commit myself to the process of developing a deeper understanding of the strategic and business sides of public relations.
By Jan. 31, 2014, I had completed and submitted the APR application and received notification I was accepted. I immediately purchased a few of the recommended texts and signed up for the APR Online Study Course. I was given until Jan. 31, 2015, to be Advance through the Readiness Review and pass the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations.