Philadelphia Professionals Earn Accreditation in Public Relations

PHILADELPHIA, November 20, 2012 – 

Erin Allsman, Vice President, Public Relations & Social Media Director, and Laura Van De Pette, Account Supervisor, have successfully completed their Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling each to use the APR professional designation.  The Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations, directs this competency certification program.

The Accreditation program aims to improve the practice of public relations by assessing competence in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the profession.  The Examination is designed for public relations professionals with five to seven years of job experience and/or a bachelor’s degree in a communication field.  Candidates who successfully complete the rigorous process, including presenting his/her portfolio to a Readiness Review panel of three peers and sitting for a computer-based Examination, are granted the APR.

“Earning the APR reflects a mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in our increasingly complex profession,” said Janet E. Kacskos, APR, Fellow PRSA, 2012 chair of the Universal Accreditation Board. “Practitioners who achieve the designation are demonstrating their commitment not only to our profession, but also to a strong code of ethics and to the betterment of their organizations and clients.”

Professionals earning the APR must maintain their credential through continuing professional development, providing leadership to the profession and serving their local communities.

“Professional development is a core value at our agency, and I applaud Erin and Laura for proactively augmenting their credentials and further demonstrating our commitment to best practices,” said Marc Brownstein, President & CEO of Brownstein Group.

About the Universal Accreditation Board

The UAB was established in 1998 by a coalition of public relations professional organizations that today includes the Agricultural Relations Council, Asociación de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico, Florida Public Relations Association, Maine Public Relations Council, National School Public Relations Association, Public Relations Society of America, Religion Communicators Council, Southern Public Relations Federation and Texas Public Relations Association.  Each organization contributes resources and senior-level volunteer members who represent all segments of the public relations profession.

For more information about the UAB and the APR designation, visit www.praccreditation.org.

About Brownstein Group

Brownstein Group is a brand communication firm located in Center City Philadelphia. Founded in 1964 as Brownstein Advertising, Brownstein Group has since evolved into a network of integrated communication specialties encompassing brand strategy, advertising and design, public relations and social media, and interactive. A member of the 4As, the Public Relations Society of America and Philly Ad Club, Brownstein Group provides services to local, national and international clients such as IKEA, Comcast, Microsoft, Saint-Gobain North America, AmerisourceBergen, Cozen O’Connor, Einstein Healthcare Network, the Philadelphia Auto Show, and Campus Apartments. For additional information, connect with Brownstein Group on Twitter @Brownstein_Grp or Facebook atwww.facebook.com/brownsteingroup, or visitwww.brownsteingroup.com.