Apply For A Full Membership
Further details on becoming a member of CPRS are included in the Membership Application form and are available from a Member/Chapter Society Office or the National Office. Applications should be submitted, with the exception of Individual Members, through a Member/Chapter Society Office. Individual members should apply through the National office.
- Full Membership: For new members, the cost is $360 ($280 national fee + HST and $80 Hamilton chapter fee) plus a one-time $50 + HST initiation fee for those who have graduated and are actively involved in practicing public relations. The total including HST is $441.60. For renewing members, the cost is $360 ($280 national fee + HST and $80 Hamilton chapter fee). The total including HST is $396.10.
- Affiliate Membership: The cost is $185 ($145 national fee + HST and $40 CPRS Hamilton fee) plus a one-time $25 + HST initiation fee. This membership is for those with less than two years of full-time employment in public relations or communications management. After two years of membership at the Affiliate level, the member would be required to renew as a full member.
- Student Membership: $40 for individuals enrolled in full time, post-secondary public relations studies. Student membership renewal and1st-year graduate is $40 for individuals who have graduated from a full time, post-secondary public relations studies. To apply as a student member, please register here.
As of 2017, CPRS National student memberships are now available at a rate of $79. In addition to local society benefits from CPRS Hamilton, students will receive full National Member benefits.
Dues for the fiscal year commencing April 1 are payable upon receipt of a statement. All members are sent a statement covering National dues, plus dues established by their Member Society National dues are established by the Board of Directors and ratified by Members at the Annual General Meeting. Member Society dues are established by the Member Society concerned.
- Membership in The Society shall be in accordance with the bylaws of The National Society.
- Membership Categories There are two classes of National Society members called voting and non-voting members.
- Individual members
- Accredited members
- Life membersMembers are those who are principally employed in the practice of public relations and have at least one year’s experience or; those who have at least four years full-time experience in the practice of public relations, yet are not employed in the practice of public relations or, those who either teach or administer a public relations course recognized by The Society and who have at least one year’s experience in same or in the practice of public relations, or those who possess a degree, diploma or post-graduate certificate in public relations from a program and institution both of which meet the standards set and recognized by The National Society.Individual members are those who live and work outside the geographical area of any member society and who may request membership as an individual member.Accredited members are those Members who have passed the examination requirements as determined by the accreditation board of The National Society. Such members shall be designated by the term “Accredited Public Relations” (APR).Fellows are those whose terms of entry are established by The National Society board of directors.Life members are those members who have, in the opinion of The Society’s directors, provided exemplary service to The Society. Such membership shall be approved by a majority of voting members at The Society’s annual general meeting. A life member shall be exempt from paying any local dues required by The Society.
- Retired members
- Associate members
- Student members
- Affiliate members
Retired members are those who may apply to transfer to the retired members category, provided:
The applicant has been a member for a total period of at least 10 full years, of which at least five years have been at Voting member status, and;
he or she has retired from full time employment in public relations.
Associate members are those who have responsibility for the public relations function within their organization and have yet to be employed full time in the practice of public relations, or have completed a member society recognized course in public relations. Associate members who become employed full time in the practice of public relations shall become voting members on completion of one year as an associate.
Student members are those who do not qualify for voting member status and who are enrolled full-time in a course of studies that would lead them to a career in public relations. Upon graduation from their course of study, student members may maintain their student membership status for a period of 12 months and are eligible to pay the student membership dues for that period of time. Student members are admitted by The Society and are not part of The National Society.
Affiliate members are those who have an interest in public relations and do not qualify for membership in the categories of member, individual member, accredited member, fellow or life member. Affiliate members are admitted by The Society alone and are not part of The National Society. Affiliate members are non-voting members. Individuals may remain as affiliate members for unlimited periods, subject to annual approval by the board of directors of The Society.