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Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying

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This certificateis designed for federal, state or regulatory lobbyists or government relations professionals seeking to deepen their expertise in the best practices and strategies needed to influence policy and be leaders in the field.

More Information

  • Participants must have a minimum of two years of experience in a position related to government relations, advocacy, public affairs, or one full year serving as a legislative or agency staffer at the federal or state level.
  • Participants should complete the program requirements within three years of application.
  • Programs attended up to one month prior to the application date will be counted toward the certificate.
  • Participants must attend either The Advocacy Conference or the Government Relations & Policy Conference.

NOTE: Credit cannot be earned through attendance at non-Public Affairs Council programs.


The Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying allows three years to meet all requirements, though many graduate sooner.

Certificate completion requires 25 credits split among several credit areas as detailed below:

  • Lobbying or Government Relations Specialization: 16 Credits
    Participate in webinars and workshops on government relations and attend The Advocacy Conference or the Government Relations & Policy Conference
  • Compliance Management: 4 Credits
    Attend compliance programs to build expertise in legal rules and ethics
  • Community Engagement: 5 Credits
    Engage with peers by posting on Council Connect, providing or creating resources, or speaking at or helping plan events

Additional Credit Information

  • Only registered participation in live webinars is eligible for certificate credit. Purchase of webinar recordings is not applicable.
  • Earning credit as a virtual participant requires logging onto Zoom, or the virtual workshop platform, with your name, job title and organization for the duration of the event. Registration without attendance or early departure from an event will not count toward certificate completion. Participants are encouraged to provide feedback and commentary during discussion periods.

Community Credits

Community credits may be earned for the following activities (achievement of these credits are subject to the discretion of Council staff)

  • Posting on Council Connect (platform is only available to Public Affairs Council members) – 1 credit for each five posts of substance
    • Ex: starting a thread, commenting on an existing thread in a way that forwards the conversation or shares insight, or sharing professional expertise that assists your colleagues
  • Submitting government relations- and/or lobbying-related resources to be shared in the Council’s resource library — 1 credit per five resources submitted, up to a maximum of 2 credits
  • Serving as a speaker at a Council program (at the discretion of Council staff) — 2 credits
  • Serving as an active member of a Conference Advisory Committee, at the discretion of Council staff. Active members participate in advisory committee meetings and calls or connect with staff to submit suggestions, market and promote the conference, and support conference success through active participation. Credit for this will be awarded after the relevant conference occurs — 1 credit
  • Writing an article or tip sheet for use on the Council’s website or in a newsletter (in collaboration with Council staff) — 2 credits

How much does it cost to apply? 

$199 administrative fee will be applied to all applications accepted on or after October 1, 2023. Programs attended up to one month prior to the application date count toward your credits.

How much does the certificate cost?

Cost can vary depending on enrollees’ program choices and membership status, but typically ranges from $3,800 – $5,000. For Council members, the Membership Plus+ program can substantively reduce program costs. Please send questions about cost to [email protected].

A comparison of the cost for nonmembers, members and those who have Membership Plus+ can be found here.

For any questions or an update on your progress
Please contact Price Fisher ([email protected]).


Price Fisher
Programs Associate
202.787.5974 | [email protected]

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