Why should I join FPRA?

Membership in FPRA offers numerous benefits including access to professional development opportunities like discounted webinars and workshops, reduced rates for the Annual Conference and award entry fees, access to FPRA’s statewide network of PR professionals, leadership development opportunities and access to FPRA’s job bank and opportunities to earn APR and CPRC credentials.

What is an Individual Professional Membership?

Individual Professional Members own their own memberships, as opposed to their employers owning their memberships. These members must be professionally qualified by education or experience and devote at least 50 percent of their working time to public relations to qualify for FPRA membership.

What is an Institutional Professional Membership?

Membership qualification are the same, but this membership is owned by the organization that pays for the membership, rather than by the named member. It can be transferred to another qualified professional at the paying institution.

What is a Multi-Institutional Professional Membership?

This is like an Institutional Professional Membership, but it allows institutions with larger communications staffs to purchase FPRA memberships for each staff member. The first membership is full-priced, but the institution receives a discount on all subsequent memberships purchased in the same year. Institutions who hold multi-professional institutional memberships also receive a discount on FPRA’s Annual Conference when they send more than one member. Like an Institutional Professional Membership, this membership belongs to the institution, not the individual named as the member.

Do I qualify for the student membership rate?

To qualify for the student membership rate, students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, pursuing studies in public relations, communications, journalism or a related field, and/or demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public relations. Student must also be carrying a schedule of 12 or more credits per semester. The student membership rate is reserved for full-time, undergraduate students.

I used to be a member, but my membership lapsed. Should I renew or purchase a new membership?

If your membership lapsed less than one year ago, you may purchase a renewal. If you’re a new member, or if your membership lapsed more than one year ago, you must purchase a new membership and pay the new member processing fee.

What does the new member processing fee pay for?

All new and Individual Professional, Institutional Professional and Multi-Institutional Professional members are required to pay a one-time processing fee of $35. This fee covers the administrative costs of entering new members into our database, creating their Member Profile and sending them a new member welcome packet. If a member has let their membership lapse for a full year, the $35 processing fee will be charged again. Associate, Student and Retired Professional members are not required to pay the processing fee.

How long is my membership?

Membership terms are annual and run from November 1 to October 31.

Are membership fees prorated if you join after November 1?

Yes, but this only applies to new members. Prorated memberships are not available to renewing members.

How do I join?

Purchase a membership online. Membership applications are processed within 10 business days, and new members can expect a welcome packet within one week of processing. NOTE: A receipt of payment does not mean approval of membership. In the event that your application is denied, your payment will be refunded.

What am I agreeing to by becoming an FPRA member?

By applying for FPRA membership, you’re certifying that you devote at least 50 percent of your working time to public relations. You’re also promising to uphold our Code of Ethics, which is included on our New Member Application.

 

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