The PRCA Diploma in Public Affairs Management is for people working in public affairs and people in other PR related disciplines who are looking to know more about public affairs or move career into public affairs. It is suitable for people working in-house or in an agency.
The qualification provides a broad overview of public affairs work and covers parliamentary processes such as legislative procedures and government policy-making. It includes a thorough exploration of public affairs planning, stakeholder identification, issues mapping, message development, parliamentary engagement and relationship management all set within a broader context of lobbying codes, ethical practice and personal responsibilities.
This course includes a one-day optional virtual classroom session on commercial skills such as writing proposals, agreeing budgets, time management and prioritisation, and communicating with confidence.
Successful candidates will be able to:
Understand key concepts in public affairs management:
- Lobbying, government relations, issues management, reputation management;
- Differences/similarities between public affairs work at an agency and in-house;
- Political PR;
- Lobbying codes, ethical practice and personal responsibilities;
- Parliamentary processes;
- Scottish Parliament, Welsh Parliament, Metro Mayors and Local Government processes.
Apply communication and engagement models in a public affairs context:
- Set objectives, identify issues and stakeholders;
- Devise strategies, messages and tactics;
- Engage with identified stakeholders;
- Write proposals, agree budgets, manage over servicing, time management and prioritisation;
- Communicate with confidence;
- Measure outputs and outcomes.
The on-line training will be delivered by the PR Academy and the course leader will be Dr Stuart Thompson and will include personal tuition sessions.
"The diploma provided an overview of the UK’s parliamentary processes, the legislative procedure and the opportunities for ethical and responsible lobbying within this. For people who are just joining the industry it is a great introduction to the key concepts, models and frameworks of public affairs and political PR." Mary Dewar, Senior Account Executive, Field Consulting
“Completing the Diploma in Public Affairs Management has been integral to my professional development. The flexible learning structure, tutor support and online resources meant that I could fit the course around my work schedule. Being able to write the final assignment on a public affairs issue of my choice meant that I could combine my learning and development with a work related output. I definitely recommend this course to communications professionals looking to build on their public affairs skills.” Kylie Groves, Government Communications
“I would thoroughly recommend the diploma for anyone involved or looking to gain an in-depth insight into the main principles and procedures of public affairs. As well as the key knowledge gained from the experience, the support and expertise offered from the course leaders was exceptional.” Alex Exadactylos, Terrapin Group
''I decided to enrol in the PRCA Diploma in Public Affairs Management to hone my practical skills in public affairs. The course offered great tips for engaging Ministers, MPs, and civil servants. The combination of background reading and lectures provides a solid foundation for the final assignment. Both the course lecturer and the staff at PRCA were helpful and always ready to answer a query. Stuart’s relaxed and approachable style makes digesting the course content manageable. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and appreciated the efforts made by Stuart and the PRCA team to provide a good learning environment during the COVID lockdown. For those keen to get into public affairs, I recommend this course.'' Cameron Branston, Buckinghamshire Council