Public Relations Foundations Program

You will learn what public relations is and be able to define what exactly a public relations practitioner does in a modern technologically connected world.

If you are considering a career in public relations, or you want to learn more about the topic, this is a great place to start.

This is an introductory foundations course for students who want to pursue a career in public relations or a refresher for entry level PR practitioners. We provide an overview of the basics of the PR discipline and this course will serve as a tool to assess your PR knowledge.

In this course, you will learn what public relations is and be able to define what exactly a public relations practitioner does in a modern technologically connected world.

You will learn about key public relations activities and how to overcome communications roadblocks. We will discuss the key components of a successful public relations campaign, review best practice examples and show you how to develop strategies and tactics.

You will learn about the different types of public relations tools available and we will discuss how you can best use these tools to represent your client or organization.

We will learn about the importance of public relations experts, what skills you need to work in the PR field and review public relations career tracks. We will also discuss some of the latest trends in the PR industry and the future of the practice.

Course Includes:

  • 11 video and audio lessons
  • 5 course sections and 22 lessons
  • Course exercises
  • Worksheets to create an online newsroom/ about page
  • Led by the President & CEO of Women in PR North America
  • Unlimited access

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“It has always been my motto that when one of us is strong, all of us become stronger. Women need to support and advocate on behalf of our fellow sisters because not only will we, as a whole, benefit, the fields in which we are in will also become stronger.”

- Jennefer Witter, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, The Boreland Group Inc.

“It’s time to focus on the opportunities, rather than the barriers. We need to support one another, without judgment to reach our goals. Women in leadership is a strategic business advantage and especially in PR, where our work has an impact in most, if not all industries.”

- Bridgitte Anderson, General Manager, Edelman Vancouver

Your Program Facilitator

Women in PR
Women in PR

Women in Public Relations is an influential network of leading business women striving for excellence in the field of public relations.

We are partnering with businesses across the Americas to promote opportunities for women to learn and to share resources in a supportive community.

We are connecting leaders, developing new industry initiatives and inspiring new graduates through our event programs. We promote a collaborative learning environment through our portfolio building online programs led by industry experts.

We are the only organization across the Americas dedicated to advancing women in the field of public relations.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study with Women in PR North America?
We take on a broad range of projects designed to engage the public relations industry, including online courses, and utilize our team’s collective expertise in the sector. Our online training programs form part of our commitment to provide our members with information about the field of public relations to ensure they are equipped with the skills to deliver the best possible work for clients and employers.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Can I add this course to my LinkedIn profile, online portfolio and resume?
Yes, our courses are led by industry experts and they are viewed as professional development opportunities. After you complete this course, we encourage you to update your LinkedIn profile, online portfolio and resume.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I interact with other students in the course and ask questions?
Yes, we have enabled the course comments for our lectures and we would be happy to answer your questions.
Can I share my log-in details with my team?
No, courses are sold on an individual basis. If you would like your entire organization to view the course content, please purchase a course for each individual participant. We track logins and password sharing. Your account will be suspended if your login details are shared.

Enroll yourself in new opportunities.

You have the talent and the ability to achieve what you never thought possible – whatever level you’re at in your journey. Choose to invest in your education and professional development. Take our online courses taught by PR industry experts.

Our organization has been formed to enable groups of public relations women leaders across North America to come together to share ideas, contacts, experiences, and to advocate for major issues directly affecting women working in the PR industry today. Together, the organizations ( Women in PR Canada and Women in PR USA) form the networking group Women in PR North America.

What are you waiting for? Join us.


Membership is open to individuals ($25/month paid annually) and firms ($85/month paid annually) who work in the field of public relations and is also extended to both women and men working in communications, media, marketing and advertising. Memberships are reciprocal across the USA and Canada.