Certificate in Public Affairs Management
The Public Affairs Council’s Certificate in Public Affairs Management is geared toward current and rising leaders in public affairs. The program is designed to strengthen knowledge of best practices in public affairs management while also enhancing expertise in leading an integrated, collaborative and strategic public affairs function.
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To complete the program, participants must earn 40 credits in the following areas:
- Core public affairs management topics – 12 credits
- Integration and leadership electives – 16 credits
- Compliance management – 4 credits
- Leadership in the public affairs community – 8 credits
Click here to view all certificate requirements.
To view upcoming programs eligible for credit, click here
- To view a complete list of past eligible programs, click here
To apply for the Certificate in Public Affairs Management program, individuals must have a minimum of seven, but preferably 10 or more, years of experience during which they have demonstrated responsibility for function management, cross-functional leadership and/or strategy-level decision-making for public affairs.
Typical applicants will finish the program in two to three years, but participants have up to five years to complete it. Applicants must apply within 30 days of the first program that will count toward their certificate. Programs more than 30 days prior to the date of the application will not be counted toward certificate completion.
Apply today! There is no fee to apply.
Download the application form here.
Download the self-tracking form here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete the certificate?
Certificates should be completed in several − but no more than five − years.
What are the requirements for completion?
The Certificate in Public Affairs Management program requires the completion of 40 credits. Click here to find a full explanation of credit requirements.
How much does the certificate cost?
While cost can differ greatly depending on which programs each certificate participant chooses to enroll in, click here to download a cost estimate for this certificate for the current year.
Where can I find a list of past eligible programs to track my progress?
A complete list of past eligible programs can be found here. For any questions or for an update on your progress, please contact Casey Mensinger.