Crisis Communication Certificate Program


Course Duration: Approx. 6 hours

Full Price: $1,225
Members: $975

Category: Crisis & Reputation

Effective crisis communication can help organizations maintain trust, inspire consumer confidence and build competitive advantage. Recent poorly handled crises in business, government and nonprofits show how ineffective crisis communication can set an organization back significantly. Designed as an on-demand, certificate of completion program, the Crisis Communication Certificate Program will equip management-level communicators with best practices in industry perspectives by sharing resources and ideas, and working through various crises.

After successfully completing the series, registrants will be awarded a certificate-of-completion.

Certificate Program Modules:

  • Principles of Effective Crisis Response
  • Obtaining Public Forgiveness
  • Telling Your Story in a Crisis
  • Influencing Leaders
  • Operational Readiness No. 1: Establishing an Effective Crisis Response Team and Process
  • Operational Readiness No. 2: Effective Crisis Planning

This Certificate Program is designed for:

  • Manager and senior-level PR and communication professionals.
  • Professionals who are responsible for corporate reputation.
  • Any professional responsible for managing a corporate communications team.
  • Leaders charged with advising leaders, lawyers and other executives.
  • Professionals responsible for managing digital communications.
  • Risk Management professionals.
  • Managers with five or more years of experience.

By the end of this certificate program, participants will have learned how to:

  • Master key skills and tools needed to understand the drivers of trust in the context of fulfilling expectations.
  • Discover how to obtain forgiveness through the specific language of apologies.
  • Understand the techniques for building and sustaining a corporate narrative.
  • Effectively communicate how to persuade CEOs and other senior executives during a crisis.
  • Develop clarity around roles and processes.
  • Define how to plan for both timely and effective crisis responses.

The Crisis Communication modules:

Principles of Effective Crisis Response

This module will explore the foundations of an effective crisis response including decision criteria and levers of trust. Participants will learn the core principles of effective crisis response. We’ll address the drivers of trust in the context of fulfilling expectations. What would reasonable people appropriately expect a responsible organization to do in this situation? Learn how to quickly prevent reputational harm with the core expectation that the organization cares.

Obtaining Public Forgiveness

The module will address communications approaches to should be considered when an organization has made a mistake and seeks to express that publicly, but in doing so must also consider the potential risks involved including potential litigation.

Telling Your Story in a Crisis

In this module, participants will learn about telling a narrative to both internal and external audiences. We’ll dive into techniques for building and sustaining a corporate narrative while mastering ways to build trust through the power of storytelling.

Influencing Leaders

This module will cover how to persuade CEOs and other senior executives to make productive decisions and engage stakeholders in a crisis. We’ll address getting CEOs and other executives to communicate effectively in a crisis.

Operational Readiness No. 1: Establishing an Effective Crisis Response Team and Process

This module provides an in depth look at creating the operational readiness for a crisis. Specifically, how to identify executive's roles in a crisis and developing clear processes. We’ll cover how to establish internal crisis communications response structures and teams while developing processes and protocols for effective rapid response.

Operational Readiness No. 2: Effective Crisis Planning

Preparing for a crisis requires asking certain questions in the right order. This module describes the rigor necessary to assure that a crisis plan will predictably result in a well-handled crisis. Carpenters know that they must measure twice and cut once — communication and public relations professionals need to follow the same discipline to ensure their communication plan is right and communicated effectively the first time.

Crisis communication is one of the most consequential disciplines in public relations. Organizations that respond effectively in a crisis create for themselves a powerful competitive advantage. But organizations that mishandle crises put themselves at a substantial competitive disadvantage. This certificate program aims to equip PR professionals to help organizations maintain the trust of those who matter, when it matters most.

— Helio Fred Garcia
Executive Director, Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership;
Professor at NYU and Columbia


Participants with the APR credential earn 1.0 APR Maintenance Credit for each completed module of this course, for a total of 6.0 credits.