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Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 6 semesters | Barrydowne and Online/Virtual

World-renowned business mogul Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” In this program, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively, build relationships, and manage internal and external forces in order to maintain and enhance reputations for all types and sizes of organizations.

You will learn the ropes of the public relations industry through classes, labs, and hands-on assignments and gain the range of skills you need to be a great communicator, including:

  • Media relations
  • Event planning and execution
  • Speechwriting and presenting
  • Writing for web, social media, print, and broadcast
  • Photography and podcast production
  • Strategic communications planning

This program is delivered as a combination of online or virtual courses, classroom experiences, and practical experiences, giving you the flexibility to learn from the convenience of your home community.

Cambrian College is a member of both the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators. Students are encouraged to consider purchasing a student membership in these professional associations.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 6 semesters
  • Delivered as a combination of online courses, classroom experiences, and practical experiences
  • Real-world experience from planning and executing community events that raise thousands of dollars, to developing strategic plans for community clients
  • Courses cover all aspects of public relations, including event planning, media relations, speechwriting, social media communications, and more

Full-time Pathway

Students may choose to complete this program in two semesters by studying full-time.  For more information on the full-time pathway click here.  

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How to Apply

Business and Information Technology

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree from an Ontario College or equivalent.


  • A communications background

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Spring 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Fall 2021
  5. SEMESTER 5 Winter 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Spring 2022

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Fall 2022

Spring Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2022

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ISP 1216 Communication Design 4
PRO 1105 Intro To Public Relations Theory 3
Semester 2
ADV 1231 Photography 3
MKT 1104 Marketing Essentials 4
Semester 3
PRO 2305 Event Management Theory 3
PRO 3541 Corporate Communications 4
Semester 4
PRO 1215 Media Relations 3
PRO 2400 Writing for Media Relations 4
Semester 5
PRO 2417 Speechwriting and Presenting 4
PRO 3560 Social and Digital Media 3
Semester 6
PRO 3000 Applied Public Relations 4
PRO 3520 Strategic Communications Planning 3
 Total Credits42


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500. This includes approximately $800 for a new camera and $700 for new, hardcopy books. Costs can be significantly reduced by purchasing used books and/or electronic books.  This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for positions in PR and communications, but it is a skill set that is relevant to, and has applications in, many other fields. Graduates may find employment in a public relations capacity as:

  • Communication/information officers and specialists
  • Marketing specialists
  • Social media specialists
  • Content strategy specialists
  • Special events coordinators
  • Publicists
  • Media relations officers
  • Speechwriters

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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