The CIPR Specialist Diploma (Crisis Communications) is designed for both generalist professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge of the discipline and for those looking to follow a career in crisis communication.

The syllabus  is taught and assessed at the same level as a postgraduate degree.

What do I learn and how is it assessed?

The Crisis (Response) Communication Diploma covers topics including:

  • analysing the causes and assessing the likelihood of circumstances requiring crisis communication
  • contributing to the organisation’s risk assessment, crisis preparations
  • managing public relations during a crisis
  • ethical issues in complex situations.

The assessment will involve producing an executive report and analysis of research findings on a topic of your choice that relates to crisis communication.

Who's it for and what are the enrolment criteria?

This course is aimed at experienced public relations practitioners who want to develop their expertise in the area of response and crisis management.  Please check with your chosen teaching centre for more details about enrolment criteria.

How long does it take?

Timetables vary depending on which teaching centre you study with but all centres provide 20 hours of tuition.

There are 4 assessment sessions per year. Depending on when you enrol on to the qualification you could qualify in as little as 6 to 8 months.

Students should expect to set aside a certain amount of time for self-study and this will vary depending on time taken to complete the qualification.  Individual teaching centres will be able to give further advice if required.


CIPR qualifications are accredited by the Global Alliance