Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Take-aways from #accredchat - August 18, 2009

Earlier today another installment of the periodic #accredchat, a Twitter chat on accreditation in public relations. I am a part of a small APR study group within the Greater Ft. Worth Chapter of PRSA who are at the beginning stages of attaining accreditation in PR.
(Image credit: Universal Accreditation Board) 

Today's conversation mainly hit on some differences and similarities between the exams in the U.S. and Canada as well as as some interesting discussion on authority and the perceptions of accreditation.

APR Readiness Review Panels
The best take-aways available today came after a question on the Readiness Review Panel process.
For those that have sat on Readiness Review Panels: What are you looking for out of an APR candidate? Expectations, etc.?

Here are some of the responses:
rayatkinson A strong understanding and demonstration of strategy and planning. Important that they can ID potential weaknesses.
kamichat For readiness review we are looking to see if you are really ready to take the exam, we are also looking at your portfolio
kristen_okla RR [Readiness Review] panelists want to see how well you think on your feet, what experiences you have to prepare you for the exam
kristen_okla RR shouldn't be confrontational but should allow you to receive honest feedback on areas where U need to focus more attn.
kamichat Also we are looking to mentor you. Do you really understand the 4-part planning process
bprickett As panelist, I want to see that you planned, set measurable goals and that your evaluation/results were measured.
If you have ever sat on an APR Readiness Review Panel, what would you add to this list?