Five NJ PR Pros Among First in Nation to Earn Certificate

Five recent graduates of New Jersey public relations education programs are among the first to pass the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations test through the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), administered by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Bogdan, Colon, Duvall, Fahey, and Yee were among 12 students who participated in an intense, five-week prep course developed by Kristine Simoes, APR, specialist professor of communication and the President of PRSA NJ, and Kathleen Donohue Rennie, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Associate Professor at New Jersey City University (formerly Assistant Professor at Seton Hall). In addition to Simoes and Rennie, faculty for the certificate class included Mary Harris, a specialist professor of communication at Monmouth University, and Angela Chitkara, Seton Hall Faculty Associate and Founder of US-India Corridor.

The other seven students in the class are preparing to take their exam before the end of 2014.

“This certificate gives these emerging professionals a competitive edge in the job market,” said Simoes. “In addition to preparing new professionals for the exam, the innovative prep class offers senior students an opportunity to network with one another and begin to extend their contacts beyond the gates of their own universities – right before graduation.”

“Monmouth and Seton Hall universities have the distinction of being nationally accredited by PRSA – an honor shared by just 40 other schools in the country,” said Rennie. “Clearly, the programs are graduating accomplished professionals. Brittany, Elisandra, Ashley, Jessica, and Angela’s success is proof of this.”

Simoes and Rennie plan to teach the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations preparation class again in the spring of 2015. According to, students must take the test within six months of graduation from an accredited college or university whose area of study is in public relations or a related area, and they must be members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) or a member of another Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) participating organization.

Test topics include the history of public relations, media relations, ethics and law, business literacy, social media, related public relations theories and research methods. Each student is able to study and take the test on their own schedule at a testing center.

Stay tuned for news about additional new professionals passing the exam and for details about the spring 2015 prep class.

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