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Change the conversation with a Public Relations certificate

Social media. Influencer management. Content creation. The Chang School has crafted a cutting-edge curriculum for our Certificate in Public Relations that will provide you with all the tools you need to thrive in the ever-changing PR industry.

Our PR program features instructors with tons of exciting real – world experience in PR director and executive roles. You’ll learn everything from key PR principles and stakeholder-handling skills to analytics and SEO best practices while building a roster of industry mentors and contacts.

It’s an online public relations certificate, so you can complete your public relations courses online at your own pace while working full-time or part-time. (Plus you can finish it in as little as a year.) Enjoy connecting with other students and establishing your network of fellow public relations specialists. Want to collaborate in person? We also offer office hours where you can meet and work together with other learners and your instructor.

Finish off your Public Relations certificate with a capstone project that features a real – world project-the perfect portfolio piece to show off your new PR strategy skills and wow future employers.

Looking for public relations certification? If you need to write the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) or International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) accreditation examinations, the Public Relations certificate can help you prepare.

Come join us – and get ready to change the conversation.


Meet Our Learners

Who should take this Public Relations certificate?

  • You’re a recent graduate of a diploma or degree program who wants to kickstart your public relations career in Canada
  • You’re working in PR or communications and want to boost your skills or get a promotion and need the flexibility do your public relations certificate online
  • You’re mid-career but looking to change your career and pivot into a PR or communications role

What will you learn while taking the Public Relations certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create PR management strategies for different types of organizations
  • Establish and build relationships with senior management and external stakeholders, including media
  • Critically analyze PR issues
  • Research, design, implement, and manage internal and external PR programs
  • Write for a wide range of internal and external audiences
  • Craft effective public and business presentations
  • Act as a public spokesperson for a brand

Note: There has been a Public Relations certificate curriculum update. Learners who registered for the certificate prior to July 2, 2022 should refer to the archived calendar for the curriculum details for your registration year. Visit the archived calendar.

You can find the course codes that have replaced the codes from the previous curriculum in the conversion table.


Certificate Requirements

  • 7 required courses
  • 2 19.5-hour electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • An undergraduate degree


  • A 3-year community college diploma


  • Mature-student status with a high school diploma and 4 years of progressive work experience in public relations practice, or in a business, professional, or technical field


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