Public Relations - Corporate Communications (Pickering Learning Site)

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Program Code: 6447

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Pickering Learning Site


Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext. 3113

The Public Relations - Corporate Communications (Pickering Learning Site) program is one of the most highly-regarded programs in Ontario. It equips you, in just two semesters, to enter an exciting media-focused industry. This graduate certificate program's Publication Relations and Corporate Communications courses are delivered through a compressed and blended learning model, with in-class study and online assignments.

The faculty members in the program are industry experts who recognize that no two days in the Public Relations field are alike. As such, you:

  •  Learn to research, write, plan, edit, design and implement everything from strategic communications plans and employee newsletters to gala dinners for hundreds of people.
  •  Come to understand how communications strategies influence employee attitudes, shift stockholder opinions and tell an organization's story to the media.
  •  Get connected to the public relations industry.

If you previously completed a post-secondary education, possess strong writing skills and have the ability to manage various projects at the same time, you may want to consider this School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design undertaking.

Please note:

  •  This program is offered at the Pickering Learning Site. With direct access to Pickering Town Centre and the GO Train Station, the Pickering Learning Site is a great learning location in a small, intimate setting.
  •  This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.

If you wish to take this program at the Story Arts Centre, please see program 6417 — Public Relations - Corporate Communications (Story Arts Centre).

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CN-701 Communications Management 1 Pickering Learning Site
CN-721 Public Relations Writing 1: Writing to inform Pickering Learning Site
CN-735 Online Public Relations and Social Media Pickering Learning Site
CN-742 Project and Event Management Pickering Learning Site
CN-748 Business for Corporate Communicators Pickering Learning Site
CN-749 Professional Practice Pickering Learning Site
CN-751 Copy Editing Pickering Learning Site
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CN-707 Public Relations Writing 2: Writing to Persuade Pickering Learning Site
CN-715 Measurement and Metrics Pickering Learning Site
CN-720 Media Relations Pickering Learning Site
CN-741 Visual Communication Pickering Learning Site
CN-752 Communications Management 2 Pickering Learning Site
CN-753 Presentation Skills Pickering Learning Site
CN-761 Design and Layout Pickering Learning Site
CN-790 Field Placement Pickering Learning Site
CN-799 Storyworks Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • This Corporate Communications and Public Relations program at the Pickering Learning Site leads the way in social media and PR content.
  • The School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design program is close to the heart of Toronto's PR industry.
  • You complete a full-time, eight-week field placement in the industry.
  • The curriculum highlights learning by doing while emphasizing employability skills and landing a job.

Career Outlook

  • Public relations coordinator
  • Media relations
  • Employee communications
  • Web-based communications

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in any discipline
  • We will consider applicants who have successfully completed partial post-secondary education (minimum two years) and have relevant work experience

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory program admission session where applicants will:

  • Complete a writing and editing exercise
  • Submit two writing samples
  • Submit an up-to-date resume

Note: After applying, applicants will receive a letter advising how to book the program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,909.50 $913.00 $5,822.50
International $13,283.00 $2,196.00 $15,479.00