PRSA Hawaii Offers APR Incentive Program

PRSA Hawaii is happy to offer a special incentive for Hawaii chapter members who are considering pursuing the Accredited in Public Relations credential (APR). Many chapter members who have expressed a desire to pursue accreditation are challenged by the financial costs associated with the exam. To help members who are serious about achieving their APR credential, PRSA Hawaii is offering a monetary rebate for members who successfully complete the exam process.

Hawaii chapter members who successfully pass both the Readiness Review and the computer-based exam by December 31, 2012 will be eligible to receive up to a $250 rebate for their examination fees.

Eligibility Requirements:
All rebate applicants must:

  • Be a PRSA Hawaii chapter member;
  • Subscribe for the Accreditation in Public Relations Online Study Course ($195 fee for a one-year subscription);
  • Successfully pass the Readiness Review and computer-based accreditation examination by December 31, 2012;
  • Have personally paid for application, examination and online study course fees (Fees paid for by a member’s employer are not eligible for any rebate); and
  • Submit copies of all payment receipts with the rebate application.

In Hawaii, there are approximately 30 accredited public relations professionals. The “APR” designation is a prestigious mark of distinction that is awarded to those who have demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice public relations effectively in today’s business arena.

Established in 1964, the Accreditation Program is the public relations profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. It measures a public relations practitioner’s fundamental knowledge of communications theory and its application; establishes advanced capabilities in research, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation; and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct. The APR credential is valuable to those practitioners who earn it; to the agencies, clients and organizations they represent; and, perhaps most importantly, to the public relations profession itself.

For more information on the APR application and examination process or the Hawaii chapter rebate program, contact Kristen Bonilla, APR, at or 956-5039.