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Accreditation & Continuing Education


The Accreditation & Continuing Education committee guides Washington, DC, area PR professionals through the process of attaining the prestigious Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential.

The APR credential  is profession’s only post-graduate certification, which demonstrates competency and a strong commitment to the profession. Earning the credential is an intense process, and often candidates need support through the process.

What We Do

  • Plan, promote, and host three Readiness Review sessions and 1/2 day Jump Start education programs each year
  • Recruit candidates for accreditation
  • Guide and support candidates through the accreditation process
  • Celebrate newly minted APRs

Who We Are Looking For

We welcome new committee members who are expert in or want to learn more about:

  • Recruiting PR professionals to begin the accreditation process
  • Guiding and supporting others through the accreditation process
  • Planning and promoting training events
  • Budgeting

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Build skills in planning and executing meetings and events; budgeting; and marketing
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to practice public relations effectively
  • Build a large network of seasoned, senior-level PR practitioners

Committee responsibilities require two in-person meetings per year and a monthly conference call. In addition, committee members participate in or host a Jump Start or Readiness Review. In return for their hard work, APR Committee members find fulfillment in mentoring others and assisting them attain a prestigious credential.

How to Join the Committee

Contact one of our committee leaders:

Scott Elmore, APR
Susan Whyte Simon
Barbara Burfeind, APR+M