APR Boot Camp

Details for May 6–8, 2020

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Registration deadline: April 3, 2020


Elizabeth M. Smith, MBA, APR

Photo of Elizabeth M. Smith, MBA, APR Elizabeth M. Smith, MBA, APR, president and professor, Integrated Communications Ventures and Elizabethtown College facilitates the Readiness Review preparation (Day 1).

Amy B. Hill, APR

Photo of Amy B. Hill, APR Amy Beisel Hill, APR, director of Advocacy & Public Policy, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, facilitates the computer-based Examination preparation (Days 2 and 3).

Jason S. Kirsch, APR

Photo of Jason S. Kirsch, APR Jason S. Kirsch, APR, partner and senior counselor, PRWorks, facilitates the computer-based Examination preparation (Days 2 and 3).


Wednesday, May 6

  • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EST

    • Morning workshop spent reviewing KSAs.
    • Portfolio overview.
    • Mock Panel Presentation.
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. EST

    Lunch — provided by the Mid-Atlantic District.

  • 1:30–5 p.m. EST

    • Preparation time for those attendees putting finishing touches on assembling their portfolios.
    • Panel Presentations will take place as scheduled.

Thursday, May 7

  • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EST

    • Attendees should already have been advanced from Panel Presentation.
    • Class for KSAs in preparation for the computer-based Examination.
    • Box lunch included - provided by PRSA National.

Friday, May 8

  • 8:30–11:30 a.m. EST

    • Continuation of class for KSAs in preparation for the computer-based Examination.
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. EST

    Lunch and travel to Prometric Testing Center — attendees on their own.

  • Computer-based Examination
    Start Time: 1 p.m. EST

    (Appointment time is three hours, 45 minutes.)

    Computer-based Examination administration at:

    Prometric Testing Center (Site 1718)
    1100 N. Mountain Rd.
    Harrisburg, PA 17112

Need a Hotel?

We have a room block for the Crowne Plaza, 23 South 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA, 17101, for May 5–8 with a nightly rate of $129, plus taxes. It is a good idea to arrive by the night of May 5 because the program begins on May 6 at 8:30 a.m. The cutoff date for the room block is March 27.

There is a parking rate at the hotel of $20 per night, and the APR Boot Camp site is within walking distance.

Taxis and Uber are recommended for out-of-town attendees coming from the airport.


Harrisburg University
326 Market St
Harrisburg, Pa. 17101