Fast track membership for graduates

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is set to make changes to membership grades affecting students in 2012.

Subject to CIPR Council approval, graduates of CIPR-recognised courses with one-year work placements will qualify for Member status  (MCIPR). Graduates of three-year courses will qualify for Member status (MCIPR) after graduation and one year as a PR professional.

Changes to wider membership regulations, announced today were passed by the CIPR Council in October, along with proposals to enhance the Institute’s commitment to professional development.

CIPR intends to further recognise the commitment that PR students make to the profession. Proposals to enhance the route for graduates from CIPR-recognised university courses into membership are now being developed and will be discussed by the CIPR Council early in 2012.

Members are entitled to a vote and to stand for office in CIPR elections and are eligible to work towards becoming Accredited Practitioners and Chartered Practitioners.

CIPR members will have access to FREE online training worth £700 in 2012 and a new pricing structure, including significantly subsidised and reduced prices on training workshops.

Jane Wilson, CIPR Chief Executive, said:

“We value the commitment students of public relations make to our profession and we want to demonstrate this by enabling graduates of recognised courses to play as full a part as possible in the life of their Institute. Existing student members will also have access to free online training, which we hope will be a significant help in their studies next year.”

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