CIPR Professional PR Certificate

Course Overview

The Professional PR Certificate will give you a detailed introduction to PR and enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to progress in a career in PR.

The aim of the CIPR Professional PR Certificate is to introduce the candidate to the context, concepts and practical tools of Professional PR that will enhance their understanding of their chosen profession and enable them to develop the skills and abilities necessary to progress in their career.

CIPR Professional PR Certificate

Aims of the module

Candidates will:

  • Research and develop PR plans, create content that helps an organisation to tell a story, change attitudes and influence behaviours, and/or market products and services; and measure the impact of communications activities.

Module structure

Unit 1: PR in Context: Research and Planning
Unit 1 positions public relations in the economic, social and political contexts in which it functions and considers areas of PR practice. It examines where PR sits within organisations and how it adds value. It considers practical challenges and introduces conceptual underpinnings relating to PR planning within a framework of organisational strategy, vision and goals, developing capabilities in PR, and communications research and planning. An analytical perspective is applied to encourage candidates to reflect on their own experience alongside case studies of organisations and scenarios.

Unit 2: Content, Media and Engagement

Unit 2 considers: how to create and manage communications that work; how individuals and groups react and respond to PR activities; and how PR can affect that response. It examines concepts and theories related to PR practice. The ways in which developments in technology have affected the balance between organisations, stakeholders and publics are discussed. The key concepts and related methods underpin the study of media and social media channels, the creation of ethical and compelling content, storytelling, content curation, and interpreting, and using data. Candidates are encouraged to draw on their own experience alongside case study examples of campaigns and professional practice.

Unit 3: Measurement, evaluation and professional ethics
Unit 3 focuses on the delivery of communications and PR activities; and how they are managed, monitored and measured, including the contrasting roles of consultancy and in-house professionals. Current best practice on evaluation (AMEC guidelines) is introduced to equip the candidate with practical tools to use in the workplace. The links between objective setting (Unit 1) and content development (Unit 2) and their impact on the organisation’s strategic goals are explored. The Unit also considers the professional status of the discipline, and introduces key legal and regulatory concepts. The ethical dimension within which public relations operates, including the CIPR Code of Conduct, is examined.

Assessment Method

Unit 1 Assessment:

PR Plan and statement of reflection: A 2000-word (+/- 10%) PR plan + Supporting 500-word (+/- 10%) statement of reflection on own learning relating to planning theory, concepts and models.

Unit 2 Assessment:

Content curation report, written content and statement of reflection: Based on the plan developed in Unit 1, a 1000 word (+/-10%) content curation report, + A 1000 word (+/-10%) piece of original written content, on the chosen topic, that draws on the material within the curated content report, and develops messages into a coherent narrative around the objectives of the plan. Finally a supporting 500-word (+/-10%) statement of reflection on own learning relating to communication techniques and concepts employed in the visual and writing tasks.

Unit 3 Assessment:

An Executive report, statement of reflection and discussion of ethical issues: A 1500-word (+/-10%) executive report + Supporting 500-word (+/- 10%) statement of reflection on own learning relating to concepts and practicalities of measurement and evaluation considered in the report/ proposal. Finally a 500-word (+/- 10%) discussion of the ethical and legal decisions involved in planning.


Entry Requirements

You qualify for the CIPR Professional PR Certificate if you have any of the following:

  • CIPR Foundation
  • any UK recognised degree, or equivalent
  • 2 years’ relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors, e.g. marketing, journalism) and 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, 1 of which must be in the English Language.
  • In addition, those whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the language – spoken and written – to an International Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.

The Certificate is right for you if you’re a graduate looking for a career in PR or if you have a couple of years’ PR experience at a junior level.

Course Dates

Our next cohort is due to start w/c 8 July running for 6 weeks for Unit 1, Unit 2 will begin in September running for 6 weeks and Unit 3 starting in January 2025 running for 4 weeks – for more information please contact


Tuition Fees: £995 + VAT | CIPR Assessment Fee: £870 | CIPR Registration fee: £81 | Total Cost: £1946 ex VAT/£2145 inc VAT


Level 5 | Degree | 8/9 SQA


9 months


  • Virtual

Next Start Date

w/c 8 July
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Learning Options

Virtual Learning Offering:

The Professional Certificate is taught over 43 hours with a total of 16 x 2.5 -hour daytime or evening teaching sessions, via Teams, with 2 x 30 minute 1:1 assignment feedback tutorials per unit.

Our teaching is live and interactive reflecting our face to face teaching but online, for more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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