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Accreditation in Public Relations (APR)

Internationally recognized, the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) integrates timeless communications principles with contemporary strategies and tactics. The process of earning your APR takes your skills to the next level by exposing you to today’s cutting‐edge strategies and practices, assessing your skills to identify strengths and opportunities for growth, and demonstrating your personal and professional commitment to excellence. Pursuing the APR gives you direct access to top  public relations leaders—APR holders who will guide you through the process of achieving the Accreditation—and provides the tools you need to distinguish yourself as a luminary in the public relations field.

APR Examination
Our chapter is committed to promoting APR and advancing the profession. The Accreditation Committee offers an online preparation course to prepare candidates for the readiness review panel and APR examination. Prospective candidate are also advised to visit the PRSA Accreditation website for details on applying for accreditation.

Accreditation Committee
Any members who are interested in being accredited should contact Accreditation Committee Chair Chuck  Lionberger, APR at

PRSA Blue Ridge Accredited Members

Thomas Becher, APR

Michelle A. Brauns, APR

Anne Keever Cannon, APR

Douglas Cannon, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA

Lynn Davis, APR

Jeffrey S.  Douglas, APR, Fellow PRSA

Teresa Gereaux, APR

Anne Marie Green, APR

Vincent Hazleton, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

Heidi E. Ketler, APR

Chuck  Lionberger, APR

Laura L.  Neff-Henderson, APR 

Linda L. Staley, APR

Shelly S. Whitaker, APR

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