If you are interested in becoming a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, read the following Q & A:
1. How can I become a member of the Institute?
Answer: Obtain the Chapter’s application form along with that of National. National form is N10,000.00 while that of Chapters do vary. Completed forms are to be returned with photocopies of credentials and colour passport and other relevant materials. Would be members must join a Chapter first before they are accepted and accredited by the National body.
2. Membership Criteria?
Answer: All entrants must hold any of the following qualifications:
i) The Institute’s Professional Certificate and Diploma in Public Relations. * The exams are in three stages (Two of Certificate and one Diploma) and each contains five papers;
ii) CAM Foundation Certificate and Diploma in Communications Studies and Public Relations;
iii) British Institute of Public Relations Membership Diploma;
iv) Business Education Examinations Council (BEEC) Professional Certificate and Diploma in Public Relations; and
v) B. A., B.Sc., H.N.D., MA, Msc, or PhD in Public Relations; B.Sc., B.A. (Mass Communications), M.B.A. with major/specialization in Public Relations; or any recognized equivalent qualification.
3. What grade am I likely to start with?
Answer: The grade depends on the combination of your academic qualifications, experience in and exposure to PR functions. However, you are likely to be enrolled as a Student, Graduate, Affiliate or Associate member.
4. Where/how can I contact the Abuja Chapter?
Answer: Suite 9, 1st Floor, Fatima Plaza, (Opposite Holy Rosary Catholic Church), Mambolo Street, Zone 2, Wuse, Abuja. Call the Administrative Secretary on 08029653868, 08042685640, 09-4818022 or e-mail to email@example.com. The Chapter has a website: www.niprabuja.com where more information could be gathered.
JOE ITAH, (Chapter Chairman) NIPR-ABUJA
Dear NIPR Abuja Chapter Chair,
Thank you most sincerely for offering some of us membership of your chapter. I have read the terms and I hope to contact you soon to facilitate my registration as I deeply associate myself with the matured and honest views of most analysts and NIPR members.
I wish to commend the initiators of the interactive forum and the contributions made so far by our colleagues on burning PR issues. It is my sincere hope that our colleagues and those aspiring to become members will learn a few things from the debates. On the issue of membership raised by my friend Orji O. Orji, I think the Q&A put together by our Chapter Chairman, Mr Joe Itah is adequate enough for those who aspire to be members. However, the implementation of the guidelines for practitioners gives cause for worry. There exist today, organisations which flout the guidelines and would rather prefer to hire non professionals to man their PR departments. What has been the reaction of the Institute to this anomaly? The NIPR executives at the National and State levels need to rise up to the challenge.
a PhD student in Communication Art