How To Join Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) is one of the major professional bodies in the field of communication in Nigeria. This is one of the professional organizations most graduates of Mass Communication, Journalism and related disciplines want to join after school. Graduates of other disciplines who wish to practice Public Relations in Nigeria also desire to be members of the NIPR.
This professional body was established to build a credible and dynamic professional institution responsive to Nigeria’s needs, and also promote professional excellence through members upholding the Code of Ethics. It was also established to encourage a more reputation-sensitive society, by working with appropriate associations to generate sustained focus on the contributions of stakeholders in different sectors. This professional body of qualified Public Relations Practitioners, was established in 1963 and attained charter status in 1990 with Decree 16 (now Act of the National Assembly.
What does it mean to be a member of NIPR?
Membership of the Institute represents a statement that the holder is a qualified professional practitioner in Public Relations, subscribes to the Code of Ethics and the Professional Standards Guide.
The Institute provides opportunities for lifelong learning to assist members grow professionally.
Also, it helps members to specialize in different areas of PR. Every member is expected to be active as a member of a chapter.
Members are required to serve in various workshops, committees and assignments as may be necessary.
So how can you join this professional body?
Here is the Membership Criteria:
Qualifications for membership of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations are periodically reviewed to meet the requirements by the public and the organized private sector (industry and commerce). ln 1998, a decision was reached that all entrants must hold any of the following qualifications:
The Institute’s Professional Certificate and Diploma in Public Relations;
CAM Foundation Certificate and Diploma in Communications Studies and Public Relations;
British Institute of Public Relations Membership Diploma;
Business Education Examinations Council(BEEC) Professional Certificate and Diploma in Public Relations; and
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 PR; or any recognized equivalent qualification.
Here are the categories of membership, according to NIPR.org.ng:
Membership categories and awards depend on an individual’s personal education and professional achievements in Public Relations as outlined below: