The hard work is over — my professional portfolio is now gathering dust on a shelf alongside various study texts. The Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations is a memory that my conscious mind is working hard to repress. The certificate, suitable for framing, just arrived in the mail, and I still smile every time I sign something with the initials APR after my name.

As part of my 18-month APR journey (yes, I took the scenic route), I read every APR posting on this blog for advice and inspiration. Now it’s my turn. The following reflections break down the process and provide insights intended to help today’s candidates on the path:

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