Accreditation Committee

    • To determine accreditation policy and procedure   
    • To determine and maintain standards of accreditation
    • To create awareness and advocacy for accreditation
    • To grow accreditation
    • To maintain the global recognition of accreditation
    • To manage the accreditation process
    • To develop profiles for accreditation assessment
    • To conduct oral assessments

Apart from involvement in the above functions, the committee members will have the following specific responsibilities in each centre:

    •  Securing a venue for both the written and oral examination
    • The committee meets as often as may be necessary via teleconference but not less than four times per annum
    • Each nominee is required to sign acceptance of this nomination and agree to the terms and undertaking as set out
    • The chairman of the Accreditation Committee serves on the PRISA Board

Regional Committees

    • To provide PRISA leadership and services at a regional level
    • To position PRISA at regional level
    • To liaise with academic institutions (private and public) at regional level
    • To create opportunities to represent PRISA on all stakeholder structures, including the Services Seta and academic advisory committees
    • To grow PRISA membership including accreditation
    • To provide CPD activities for regional members
    • To provide an annual plan and budget for all regional activities to generate regional funds
    • To publicise and promote all regional activities

Regional Committees will be measured on the following criteria for the Region of the Year Award

    • Number of functions/workshops held during the year
    • Regular committee meetings
    • The distribution of a regular newsletter (at least quarterly)
    • Number of new members recruited
    • The retention/renewal of existing members
    • Sponsorship obtained for the region/regional activities
    • Level and nature of community involvement, e.g. Student involvement (coaching), community affairs, public relations training, advocacy for the profession
    • Publicity obtained for PRISA
    • Education provider liaison
    • Representation on stakeholder structures

Public Relations Consultants’ Chapter of PRISA (PRCC)

    • To unite consultants countrywide under the PRISA umbrella
    • To provide a forum for networking and professional development
    • To gain credibility for public relations consulting nationally
    • To professionalise the public relations consulting industry
    • To provide strategic input on industry matters
    • To foster links with allied industries and international consultants
    • To encourage employment equity in consultancy practices
    • To represent the industry at stakeholder structures, e.g. Services Seta, MAC Charter Monitoring and Steering Committee
    • To recognise and reward excellence in public relations and communication practice
    • To set standards for consultancy management

Functions

    • Organise the annual PRISA PRISM Award for Outstanding Public Relations and Communication Management Practice on behalf of the Institute
    • Organise networking and professional development functions
    • Lobby and liaise with government 
    • Provide standard client/consultancy and employment contracts for members
    • Facilitate the employment and training of disadvantaged public relations practitioners in established consultancies

Structure

The chapter will be made up of voluntary committees in the different provinces, each with a chairman and office bearers.  A national chairman will be a member of the Board of PRISA.  A PRCC member is to serve on the regional committee.

Membership requirements

Company membership only is offer.

Entry criteria

    • The consultancy must be a legal entity
    • At least one senior staff member of the consultancy must be a registered PRISA member who is committed to the PRISA Code of Ethics and Professional Standards for Public Relations and Communication Management.