Full-time, in class Public Relations Certificate

Program details

Format Full-time in Vancouver
Schedule Classes (6 weeks):
Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(This schedule is subject to change due to statutory holidays.)

Practicum (3 weeks):
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Some after-hours and weekend work may be required.)
Nine weeks
There are eight required courses as well as a practicum.
Learning materials

All PR students need a wireless-enabled laptop or notebook loaded with a licensed Microsoft Office suite. You also need a copy of the Canadian Press Stylebook. To purchase an online subscription to the book, visit the Canadian Press website.*

*You may purchase the textbook or subscription after we accept you into the program. The cost is not included in your tuition. 



After we interview and accept you into the program, we'll require an $850 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. The remaining tuition is due two weeks before classes begin. Note that if you miss the payment deadline, we cannot hold your seat in the program. Your tuition is non-refundable after classes start.

Application fee $75 (non-refundable
Application deadline Apply anytime.
We accept qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no application deadline, but this program fills quickly, so we recommend applying early.

Upcoming terms

Location Class dates Payment deadline Application status
Vancouver Sep 17 – Nov 15, 2019 Sep 4, 2019 Apply online

Learning environment

You’ll take the PR program with a cohort—a group of no more than 20 people with whom you can share your ideas and experiences. Your 30 hours per week in class will involve lectures, presentations, group work and more. Set aside an extra few hours per week for homework. 

English language requirements  

To meet the demands of the program, you should have an advanced level of spoken and written English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score of 6.5
  • All bands 6.0 or higher
  • A writing band score of 8.0

If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

Supervised practicum

During your three-week practicum, you’ll apply what you've learned at a Metro Vancouver organization. Visit our practicum section for details.

Financial assistance

Can I get a student loan to pay for the program?

This program is not eligible for B.C. or Canada Student Loans, but you are welcome to obtain funding through other sources such as your personal financial institution.

What about scholarships?

SFU Continuing Studies does not issue scholarships, but three of our practicum partners offer paid practicum opportunities. The CPRS Vancouver Society also awards a scholarship each year to a student who submits excellent project work for a real-world client. Visit our practicum/scholarship section for details. 

Graduation requirements

Complete all courses and the practicum with an overall grade of B to graduate with the Public Relations Certificate.