Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2019

Continuing Education

Public Relations certificate

This program introduces students to public relations theory, social media and digital citizenship, image management, public speaking, media relations, writing, and more. The courses have a hands-on approach to learning and are taught by industry professionals and academic experts.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program focuses on meeting the following employment-related learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of the PR certificate, students will be able to:

  • Write persuasive messages for traditional public relations and digital media platforms
  • Design and deliver creative, confident oral presentations
  • Develop and manage public relations and image management plans
  • Use visual communication techniques to augment the effectiveness of oral and written communications
  • Work within ethical guidelines to participate as a digital and global citizen

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.
  2. Applicants must meet the Entry-level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. Full tuition is due at the time of registration.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

Please see the Continuing Education webpage for current fee information.

Financial aid

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources. For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards office at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus. A variety of bursary applications are also available from the Financial Aid and Awards offices.

Program outline

The program length is 230 hours (150 contact hours and 80 practicum hours) and may be completed in a full-time or part-time schedule. Courses do not grant academic credit.

Course Title Hours
PR 01 Fundamentals of Public Relations 15
PR 02 Social Media and Digital Citizenship 15
PR 03 Storytelling that Matters: Public Speaking 15
PR 04 Ask and Answer: Skills for Interviews 15
PR 05 Writing for the Internet 15
PR 06 Impression Management: Influencing your Public Image 15
PR 07 Persuasive Messaging 15
PR 08 Visual Communication 15
PR 09 Copyright and Legal Issues 15
PR 10 Building a Media Kit 5
PR 11 Employment Messaging 5
PR 12 Marketing 21 Century Style 5
PR 13 Practicum 80

Academic performance requirements

Students must attend 80% or greater in each course and obtain a grade of 70% or greater to be eligible for a practicum placement and successful completion of the Public Relations certificate.

Future study

Students who complete the Public Relations certificate with a grade of 80% or greater in all courses will be considered for a course exemption for CMNS 212/MACS 212.

Maximum length of time to complete program

All courses must be completed within three years to be eligible for the Public Relations certificate.

For more information

Contact Continuing Education at 604-851-6324, or 604-504-7441 local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441 local 6324, or

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