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2019 APR Mini-Jump Start

October 18, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Online Registration has closed, but you are welcome to walk-in and register.

The Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) is a professional development and certification program that strengthens skills in the strategic practice of Public Relations.  

The PRSA-National Capital Chapter (NCC) understands the key to success for enabling candidates to achieve their APR goal on-time and within budget.

We begin the APR process with a preview course called Jump Start, which offers an introduction to APR and APR+M (for military Public Affairs practitioners) required knowledge, skills and abilities. This half-day course is taught by seasoned APRs and focuses on the two components of the examination process including the panel presentation and computer- based examination.

Additional professional development for APR services include two-hour deep-dive seminars on how-to structure and present your case study to a panel as well as core knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) topics held on selected topics.

NCC also offers free coaching, study-buddy coordination, mock panel presentation practice and a practice session on taking the computer based examination.


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Light breakfast and coffee, Introduction to APR Process

  • 9:00-9:15 a.m. | Welcome; Review of NCC Resources

  • 9:10-9:45 a.m. | Leading the PR Function

  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. | RPIE in a Nutshell: Research, Planning, Implementation & Evaluation

  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. | Understanding Communication Models & Theories, History of the Profession

  • 11:45-12:00 p.m. | Break
12:00-12:45 p.m. | Applying Ethics, Law & Regulatory Affairs

  • 12:45-1:15 p.m. | Managing Relationships and Managing Issues and Crisis Communications
1:15-1:30 p.m. | Next Steps for Candidates

Cost (
Includes a printed study guide, study group support and study tools)
Early Bird: (deadline is Oct 5) 
$85 PRSA Member
$99 Non-member 

After Oct 5
$105 PRSA Member
$129 Non-member

Re-take*: $39   (for those who paid for previous Jump Start and materials)

Refund/cancellaton policy

Barbaricum, LLC

1714 N Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Public Transit
: Metro Red line to Dupont Circle, take the south exit then it’s a 5 minute walk
Driving: There is metered street parking or several nearby parking garages - the closest one is at 1717 Rhode Island Ave. NW (St Matthew's Center Garage)


Contacts for more information
Susan Whyte Simon, APR, Fellow PRSA at swsimon@umd.edu, 240/994-6541.
Karin Drinkhall, APR at Karin.drinkhall@barbicum.com, 202/594-6424
Scott Elmore, APR, at SElmore@airportscouncil.org, 301/676-3304