PRII Certificate in Strategic Communications for Local Authorities 2024

Designed in association with the LGMA for communicators working in the local authority sector. This hands-on practical course will enable participants to assess their current communications and PR activities against best practice as well as developing an understanding of communications as a strategic management function.

Start Date 27 February 2024
Course Dates 27 February 2024
5 March 2024
12 March 2024
19 March 2024
26 March 2024
9 April 2024
16 April 2024
23 April 2024
Presenter Dr Karl Anderson, MPRII
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 Blended Delivery, Incorporating a number of delivery methods - online lectures; live online tutorials, guest speaker presentations and self-directed learning.
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.

Developed in partnership with the Local Government Management Authority (LGMA) this course is designed for communicators specifically working in local government in Ireland and anyone working in a Public Relations or communications function (both external and internal) in this sector.

The course will centre around participants developing an understanding of why and how strategic communications involves purposeful communications initiatives designed specifically to advance your Council’s strategic priorities. As well as drafting a strategic communication plan which includes action plans that are linked to your Council’s strategic priorities.

This will give participants a sense of how the various PR/communications practices should be integrated and work together to achieve a specific purpose.

Download course brochure — PDF here.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed in association with the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) for communicators working in local authorities.

Learning Outcomes

This programme will provide participants with:

  • A clear understanding of the characteristics and challenges of local authority communications;
  • An overview and understanding of strategic communications and public relations management, and their role in organisational strategy implementation;
  • An introduction to strategic management, strategy development and the associated challenges;
  • An understanding of the professional challenge facing communicators;
  • An appreciation of stakeholder and issues mapping and management;
  • A developed appreciation of how communicators can have a positive impact on the functioning of a local authority;
  • The skills to create and develop a communications strategy and plans in support of your Local Authority’s strategic objectives;
  • The expertise and confidence to lead and advocate for improved communications within an organisation.

Format - Remote Blended Course Delivery:

The PRII Certificate in Strategic Local Authority Communications is delivered using a blended approach incorporating a number of delivery methods (live online lectures; live online tutorials, student group work and self-directed learning).

Learning materials available to students will include a dedicated course resource webpage hosting video lessons, notes, readings and references.

Classes are supplemented by contributions from sectoral guest speakers and subject matter experts  who will share their expertise and practical experience of the issues explored during lectures.

Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and question presenters and guest speakers.

Dates & Course Timetable:

  • Tuesday, 27 February – Introductory Lecture (Live online 09:30am – 12:00 noon)
  • 05 March –  Tutorial & Guest Speaker (Live online 10am – 11:30am); 
  • 12 March – Lecture (Live online 10am – 11:30am)
  • 19 March – Tutorial & Guest Speaker (Live online 10am – 11:30am)
  • 26 March – Lecture (Live online 10am – 11:30am)
  • 09 April 0 March – Tutorial & Guest Speaker (Live online 10am – 11:30am)
  • 16 April – Lecture (Live online 10am – 11:30am)
  • 23 April – Interactive Tutorial [Draft assignment presentations] (Live online 10am – 12:30 noon
  • Tuesday, 04 June — Assignment submission deadline 2pm

Course Director, Subject Matter Experts & Guest Speakers

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.

Assessment & Accreditation:

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
communications challenges.

Final assessment for this course is comprised of two elements:

  • A reflective journal where the learner can record and reflect upon their observations and responses to each day’s learning and the overall learning from the course; and
  • A 3,000 word strategic planning assignment applying the learnings to develop a communications plan and calendar for your local authority.

This assessment must be completed and submitted six weeks after completion of
the course.

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.

Registration & Queries

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