London,
26
April
2017

GCS paves way for staff to #GetChartered

Government Communications Service (GCS) employees who’ve completed three years of GCS Learning and Development are now eligible to apply for Chartered PR Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

The agreement reached by the Cabinet Office and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) removes the need for GCS staff to complete three years of CIPR CPD, in addition to maintaining their GCS Personal Development Plan.

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
The GCS Personal Development Scheme has been widely acclaimed as fit for purpose and easy to use. Those completing its requirements are well-prepared to take the Chartership Assessment and we believe many GCS staff will be very strong candidates. We are keen to have discussions with other employers operating similarly robust and established personal development schemes to explore further exemptions where possible.
Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive

Chartered status represents the highest standard of professional excellence and integrity in public relations. Chartership Assessment Days in Manchester and London will take place in June. Find out more.

Notes to editors

About Chartered Practitioner Status
The CIPR's Royal Charter includes the power to grant the status of Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (Chart.PR) to individuals who meet the required standard of professional distinction. More.

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

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