What are the benefits of FPRA membership?

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

What is a Multi-Professional Institutional 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.

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.

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 demonstrates 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 who are unable to secure a full-time, professional job in public relations.

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 should purchase a renewal. If you’re a new member, or if your membership lapsed over one year ago, you should purchase a new membership. If your membership lapsed over one year ago, you will be required to pay the new member processing fee.

What does my processing fee pay for?

All new Institutional Professional, Multi-Professional Institutional and Individual members are required to pay a one-time processing fee (currently $35). This fee allows new members to be entered into our database, and covers the cost of their 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 a processing fee.

How long is my membership good for?

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

Are memberships 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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