#GetChartered

Blog post by Laurian Hubbard

Friday 4 August 2017

The Government Communication Service is helping pave the way for staff to #GetChartered so there’s no time like the present to sign up. A year on, Laurian describes her journey with plenty of helpful tips for GCS members who are interested in applying.

Did you know fewer than 200 people are Chartered Public Relations Practitioners in the UK with the CIPR, and there are even fewer in Wales (12!), so I was really pleased to become one last year.

Being a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner represents the highest standard of professional excellence and integrity – but it’s a relatively new qualification in the world of PR.

The numbers alone tell you that becoming chartered is no walk in the park, but it was one of those experiences that I would highly recommend doing – it’s so important to invest in yourself and your future.

How do I apply?

You can apply for Chartered PR Practitioner status if you are a GCS employee who has completed three years of GCS Learning and Development. 

So what happens on the assessment day?

The assessment day itself is nerve wracking, but not as nerve wracking as the feeling of not being prepared whilst sat in CIPR HQ waiting to be called in.

My one bit of advice I can give anyone is that even if you have the ‘not-prepared’ feeling, I can promise you will be fine if you know you have worked hard leading up to the assessment day.

The whole day is based around three critical areas: leadership, strategy and ethics. Before your assessment day, you’ll receive a series of case studies and questions to study and take in ready for the ‘big’ day. My advice at this point is to thoroughly research the case studies – don’t just take them at face value.

When the ‘big’ day arrives you soon settle in, meeting other like- minded career people before being divided into groups for the day. Each session is chaired by an external assessor who will ask you questions and to provide real-life examples.

Once the three sessions are completed  you then spend time in the fourth session having your two year CPD plans reviewed by your peers – something else you need to prepare ahead of the day and so worthwhile (if you have already set out your GCS Personal Development Plan for the year then you are half way there!).

I have never had my CPD / PDP peer reviewed previously and it was a real eye opener. I had some great recommendations and have since updated my CPD to reflect this.

After the CPD peer review, you reach ‘that time’, when everyone is called individually into a room to be told if you have passed or failed.

I can tell you, that the feeling of being told you have passed and are now a Chart.PR was one of the best feelings, and I was (and still am) immensely proud of my achievement.

Life since becoming a Chart.PR…

I am still extremely proud to be a Chartered Practitioner and have maintained my status over the last 12 months. Since becoming Chartered I have had a really exciting ‘career’ year, first winning the CIPRCymru Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year at the PRide Awards, then changing jobs to lead on Brexit Communications for Welsh Government and more recently I have been voted on to the CIPR Cymru committee where I am leading on CPD in Wales.

Having Chartered status shows that you are serious about your career and investing in yourself – so #getchartered!

Laurian Hubbard, Chart.PR, MCIPR is Head of Communications for European Transition in the Welsh Government.

NOTE: Your GCS CPD now counts towards becoming a Chartered Practitioner. To become a Chartered Practitioner, you need to be a member of the CIPR. Chartered Assessment fees will need to be agreed and funded by members’ departments/ALBs.