Certificate in Public Relations and Communication Management (Level 5)

Qualification code OP527202

The Certificate in Public Relations & Communication Management provides an introduction to the core concepts and principles of public relations. Students interested in an advanced programme can go on to complete the Diploma in Public Relations & Communication Management.

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  • Level 5  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester
  • Cost $1,560 NZ Domestic

    This cost is an approximate total cost for the full qualification and is a guide based on 2015 fee information. The cost does not include annual administration fees, course fee increases, set textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    This qualification is eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

What you need to know about this qualification

Existing students

This qualification has been revised. If you began studying this qualification before 11 September 2012, please click here for enrolment information.

PRINZ Members

Holders of the Public Relations Institute’s APR (Accredited in Public Relations) will be cross-credited for 72180 Introduction to Public RelationsContact us to find out more or visit the PRINZ website.

Graduate profile

As a graduate of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Certificate in Public Relations & Communication Management, you will be able to:

  • identify and explain core concepts and practices relevant to public relations, communication management and the communication process
  • apply stakeholder analysis and relationship management principles to public relations and communication management contexts
  • analyse communication practices in business and evaluate their effectiveness
  • work collegially with others and communicate with clarity in oral and written forms.


Key dates

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

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Courses you could do in this qualification

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You must read the information provided within the Qualification Structure table, which details the order in which courses must be studied to complete a valid qualification.

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