I got inducted as an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and I feel so good about it. What this means is I have been serving in the PR industry for at least 2 years and I have been adjudged by the council at NIPR to be eligible by qualification and experience. According to NIPR, “an associate has voting rights in the affairs of the Institute and may use the letter ANIPR for so long as he/she remains a paid-up and active member at chapter/national level.”
The induction ceremony held at Osogbo in Osun state and NIPR members from all over the country were present. I met a few and we talked a little about what it’s like practicing PR outside Lagos. After speeches from the president, registrar of the NIPR along with others on the ‘high table’, we were asked to say an oath affirming that we’ll practice ethical Public Relations and be of good behavior always. This part reminded me of how doctors say the Hippocratic oath and made me feel like a distinguished professional. LOL.
We took group photos, collected our certificates, ate some food and networked some more. It was fun.
Getting here has been quite a journey. I started out in 2014 writing 10 examinations in one sitting to gain a Professional certificate in Public Relations. This was because I got my first degree in English, and not in Mass Communication. If you have a degree in (Mass) Communications, Marketing or Public Relations, you may be exempted from taking these 10 courses and exams.
For those of us who had (or have) to take the certificate courses, you could either choose to get tutors and take classes outside the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, or get the recommended reading list and dive in yourself. I did the latter.
I went further in 2015 to write 5 more exams in one sitting to gain a Professional Diploma in PR, which made me eligible to apply for the Associate membership and get licensed or chartered as some other professions will call it. If you own a Communications, Marketing or Public Relations degree, you are not required to write these 5 exams. You can go straight ahead to applying for membership at NIPR.
Achieving this feat is important for all PR practitioners in Nigeria, even though it is not popular knowledge. Those who work in content development, community relations, PR campaign planning and execution, film, print, employee and media relations, events management and a host of others should get this membership for the following reasons:
For me, the idea to pursue the ANIPR suffix originally started as a want for professional suffixes because Ife, my Bestie and I thought it was cool years back. Now, it’s more than just a suffix and I’m more than proud. However, it definitely doesn’t end here. It’s on to the next one for me. I’ll tell you about it when the time is right.
Meanwhile, if you need help with getting started at the NIPR, I have a few pointers, books, and past questions I could share. Leave a comment or send me a message.