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About PRSA Membership


Q.Who is the typical PRSA member?    
A. PRSA members include professionals from public relations agencies, corporations, government, health care institutions, military, professional services firms, associations, and nonprofit organizations; and academics.

Our Members specialize in a myriad of disciplines, including media relations (71 percent), writer/editor (57 percent), marketing communications (53 percent), corporate communications (53 percent), community relations (49 percent), employee communications (43 percent) and public relations counseling (43 percent).

Nine in 10 PRSA members are employed full time, and three quarters hold positions with significant levels of managerial responsibility.    

Q.Who is eligible to join PRSA?    
A. Answers to this and similar questions about becoming a PRSA member, including eligibility requirements, membership classes, dues costs, payment options and plans, benefits and Chapter and Section membership, can be found on our Membership Frequently Asked Questions page.

PRSA membership requires that individual members adhere to the principles of the Society’s Member Code of Ethics. The level of public trust PRSA members seek, as they serve the public good, means that they have a special obligation to operate ethically.    

Q.Are PRSA resources available to non-members?    
A. PRSA makes a variety of resources available to non-members, including select articles from Public Relations Tacticsand Public Relations Strategist,  public relations research from our peer-reviewed electronic journal Public Relations Journal, recent Silver Anvilcase histories, blogs, podcastsand diversityand advocacyinformation. Material on our website that is intended exclusively for PRSA members is indicated with a lock icon.

Q. Where can I find information on the PRSA Chapters in my area?
A. Individuals can use the “Find a Chapter” feature on PRSA’s website to locate information on their local PRSA Chapter(s).
Q. How can I volunteer?
A. PRSA volunteer opportunities exist at the National and Chapter levels. Please visit the Volunteer Connection page of our website to learn more about National volunteer opportunities and to complete our volunteer interests form. To discuss local volunteer opportunities, please contact your Chapter president.
Q. Does PRSA offer a public relations accreditation program?
A. The Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) program is a voluntary certification program for public relations professionals, who have demonstrated their expertise and commitment to the profession and its ethical practice. The Accreditation process includes preparing and submitting an application, advancing through a “Readiness Review” and passing a computer-based Examination.

The APR program is overseen by the Universal Accreditation Board, a consortium of public relations organizations that includes the PRSA and the Agricultural Relations Council, Florida Public Relations Association, Maine Public Relations Council, National School Public Relations Association, Religion Communicators Council, Southern Public Relations Federation, Texas Public Relations Association and Asociación de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Public Relations Association).

The UAB is responsible for developing and implementing policy for the program, developing and maintaining the accreditation exam, reviewing appeal cases and granting Accreditation. The day-to-day operations of the UAB are administered at PRSA headquarters.

Please visit the APR page of the PRSA website for more information.
Q. Do I have to be a PRSA member to become accredited?
A. In order to earn and maintain the APR credential, an individual must be a member in good standing of an organization participating in the UAB, and earn maintenance points every three years. Individuals who are Accredited, but whose membership in these organizations lapse for any reason, cannot use the Accreditation mark until being reinstated.

Please visit the APR page of the PRSA website for more information.

Q. Can individuals or groups visit PRSA headquarters?
A. PRSA members, industry professionals, students and others are welcome to visit PRSA’s headquarters at 33 Maiden Lane in New York. Please call prior to your arrival, so that we can plan for your visit and obtain the appropriate security clearances from our building manager.
Q. Where do I go to specify the types of email communications I wish to receive from PRSA, or to opt-out altogether?
A. You can access Email Preferences from your MyPRSA Profile (login required), or you can go directly to to change your settings without logging in to MyPRSA.
Q. What should I do if I have a technical problem or question using the PRSA website?
A. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties with either MyPRSA or the PRSA website, contact our Technical Help Desk at or (212) 460-1484. Technicians are available between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Q. What should I do if I can't find the resources I am looking for on the PRSA website?
A. If you cannot find the resource you are looking for, contact us at

Available articles from Public Relations Tactics, Public Relations Strategist and Public Relations Journal can be found using in the Find box on the top of each page or selecting categories from the Intelligence search page. Case profiles from PRSA's Silver Anvil programs can be found using the Silver Anvil Search. Members have free access to these electronic resources and will need to sign into MyPRSA to download the PDFs.

Q: Can I survey a sample of the PRSA membership for an academic study?
A. PRSA has a detailed policy and procedure for granting academic research requests. Members of the PRSA Research Committee evaluate submissions and approve or deny requests on a quarterly basis. At least one member of the research team must be a member in good standing of PRSA for an application to be approved.

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