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As the recognized professional association for public relations practitioners in Canada, CPRS Hamilton and CPRS National provides professional development and accreditation opportunities for members at all levels of their careers.

Mentorship Program

The CPRS Hamilton Mentorship Program pairs PR students or new practitioners with mid- or senior-level mentors for one-on-one guidance and support. Mentees will also take part in professional development and networking events to help jumpstart their careers in PR.

Learn More about the Mentorship Program here.

CPRS National also offers a separate mentorship program for national members via MentorCity.


Accreditation is widely recognized as a measure of professional achievement and competence in public relations. Increasingly, the terms of reference for public relations positions in the private and public sectors specify accreditation as a preferred qualification. Accreditation is available for all levels of practice:

  • Public Relations Knowledge (PRK) Exam
    Novice Practitioners (1-5 years)
  • Accreditation in Public Relations (APR)
    Mid-Level Practitioner (5-20 years)
  • College of Fellows (FCPRS)
    Senior Practitioner (20+ years)

Local society members pursuing the APR will receive support in preparing their work sample and examination from CPRS Hamilton’s Chair of Accreditation..

Learn more about Accreditation on the CPRS National site.

Networking and Professional Development

In-person and virtual networking and professional development opportunities will be offered throughout the years. Regular events include:

  • Holiday Humbug
  • Annual General Meeting
  • CPRS National Conference
  • Members-only webinars
  • and more

Visit our Professional Development page for more information. Additional opportunities for members are available on the CPRS National Events page.