The Advanced Certificate Course is aimed at graduates interested in pursuing a career in public relations or those who have been working in the business, at fairly junior levels, for at least one year. It is a qualification in its own right, but serves as a valuable preparation for the CIPR Diploma, the major vocational qualification for membership of the CIPR.
Those achieving success on the Advanced Certificate Course qualify for entry to the CIPR Diploma. The Advanced Certificate Course provides the basic knowledge and understanding of theory and practice necessary to enable students to begin to develop as effective and efficient professionals. The Diploma builds upon that knowledge and understanding. On completion of the course candidates are eligible for Associate membership (ACIPR) that allows them to have an access to the research results and resources of the association.