By Connie Odom, Public Affairs Manager for Williamson County Texas and NACIO Region 3 Director
You have your degree. You know your local media and have given dozens of interviews. You tweet and post daily about your organization. So, why is the TCU Certified Public Communicator TM (CPC) program right for you?
First, obtaining a certification specially in public communication shows your organization that you have a commitment to the profession. It also shows them that within the industry, you have a high level of competency. Certification programs can be found in most professional industries because it advances the profession, but public communication had no certification until eight years ago when the CPC program was created to fill this gap. It is the only certification program in the country designed specifically for communications professionals working for public sector agencies.
The CPC program is a post-baccalaureate, graduate-level residential program at the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas, created to help public communicators working for city, county, school districts and public-sector agencies create three-year comprehensive communication plans for their organizations during the program.
The cost for the 95-hour program includes tuition, hotel lodging, some meals, and course materials for two summers in 2020 and 2021, plus a two-day winter session. Courses are taught by strategic communication professors from TCU’s Department of Strategic Communication. Summer 2020 dates are July 17 to 24. January 2021 and summer 2021 dates are to be determined.
As a partner in the CPC program, NACIO offers one scholarship each summer to a NACIO member. The scholarship covers half the fee of the program. The cost for the 95-hour program is $4,250. This includes tuition, hotel, lodging, some meals, and course materials for two summers. The recipient’s agency pays for the first half of the program, and NACIO will pay the second payment of $2,125 directly to the program.
- Must be a NACIO member.
- Upon completion of the program, the member’s Communications Plan will be made available to the NACIO Membership as a resource.
- Send a resume and letter of interest stating why you want to be CPC-certified to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application deadline is March 31 of each year.
It is important to note that application for the scholarship DOES NOT constitute application for the program. Members must apply for the program independently at certifiedpubliccommunicator.org.