The Public Relations Certificate program offered by Penn Foster allows students to earn a certificate without the need for a classroom. Students are expected to take the two specialized courses in Public Relations, including Writing and Strategies and Tactics.
In the first Public Relations course, students are introduced to the role of public relations writers and the ethical and legal responsibility they face. Other topics covered include research skills, persuasion, writing clearly, proper grammar and punctuation, and the public relations planning process. This course covers different writing styles and which is appropriate for each type of assignment. Those in public relations are often responsible for sending out memos, emails, proposals, news releases and annual reports. Also examined is how to communicate information when a crisis has occurred.
The second course students complete provides an overview of public relations. Students discuss topics of professionalism, research techniques, ethics, and the communication process. Students learn how to prepare and distribute news release, media advisories, and pitch letters. The final topics students discuss are conflict management, corporate public relations, public relations for nonprofit organizations, public relations and the government, and new technologies in public relations.
Throughout Penn Foster’s Public Relations certificate program, students have the opportunity to develop better research skills and improve writing skills. Interested students may apply by submitting the online application found on the Penn Foster website.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster Career School is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score