|Start Date||27 February 2020|
27 February 2020
19 March 2020
2 April 2020
23 April 2020
|Presenter||Dr Karl Anderson
Communications consultant, lecturer & trainer, former Associate Lecturer at the School of Communications, DCU. He is also a former strategic communications adviser to the CEO of the Health Service Executive.
|Venue||Portlaoise, County Laois|
|Fees PRII Members||€Consortium Price - Details on application|
|Fees PRII Non-members||€Consortium Price - Details on application|
Ensuring that the right information flows freely to and from internal and external
stakeholders is critical to the smooth operation of Local Authorities and enabling them
to effectively achieve their strategic objectives.
Designed for communicators working in the local authority sector this hands-on
practical course will enable participants to assess their current communications and
public relations activities against best practice. During the course participants will
develop a 12 month action plan so that they can meet the needs of their Local Authority
and their community within available resources.
The course will centre around participants developing an understanding of communications
as a strategic management function. This will give participants a sense of how the
various PR/communications practices should be integrated and work together to
achieve a specific purpose.
This course is being taught in parallel in two locations, in Dublin beginning on
08 January 2020 (click here for details) and in Portlaoise from 27 February 2020.
This course has been designed in association with the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) for communicators working in local authorities.
This programme will provide participants with:
The PRII Certificate in Strategic Communications for Local Authorities will be taught by
a combination of intensive and participative classroom sessions which include a variety
of approaches including lectures, group discussion and practical exercises/case studies,
along with personal study.
This course will be taught in parallel in two locations, in Dublin and outside Dublin
starting in early 2020. Teaching will take place between 9.30am – 4.30pm on four full
days spread over three consecutive months.
Classes are supplemented by contributions from sectoral guest speakers and subject
matter experts who share their expertise and practical experience of the issues explored
Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and question presenters and
This course will be led by Dr Karl Anderson, MPRII a communications consultant,
lecturer & trainer. Karl is a former Associate Lecturer at the School of Communications,
DCU teaching on the Masters Degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications,
having previously lectured in the School of Business at Maynooth University. He is also a
former strategic communications adviser to the CEO of the Health Service Executive.
This core teaching will be supplemented by contributions from a number of subject
matter experts and sectoral guest speakers. They will add to the theoretical learning
with real world experience and best practice to represent a wide a range of experience
relevant to the work of Local Authority Communications Professionals.
Participants are encouraged to apply learning from the modules, discussions and
readings and show how these apply to their own work situation and local authority
Final assessment for this course is comprised of two elements:
This assessment must be completed and submitted six weeks after completion of
Accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Ireland – the professional body for
communications and PR in Ireland, the PRII Certificate in Strategic Communications for
Local Authorities will be awarded on successful completion of the course assessments.
The PRII Certificate in Strategic Communications for Local Authorities will begin on
08 January 2020 in Dublin and in Portlaoise on 27 February 2020.
Specific course dates and information on fees and how to enrol are available on
Queries should be addressed to