Certificate in Public Affairs Management

27 Mar, 2014

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.

Program Details

To complete the program, participants must earn 30 credits in the following areas:

  • Core public affairs management topics – 12 credits
  • Integration and leadership electives – 8 credits
  • Compliance management – 3 credits
  • Leadership in the public affairs community – 7 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 30 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 and whether your organization is a member of the Public Affairs Council or not, costs typically range between $2,500 – $4,000 for the program. If your organization is a Council member, our new Membership Plus program is a great cost-effective option for those enrolled in a certificate program. For any questions about costs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to certifications@pac.org.

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

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 Price Fisher (pfisher@pac.org).