Outwrite’s Anthony Bullick was celebrating after receiving the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) advanced certificate in public relations.

Passing the course also makes him a CIPR Associate (ACIPR).

The PR & social media coordinator began the course in November 2011 and handed in his final assignment in July 2012, but he faced a nervous wait for his results.

His research and essay topics included public relations and communications theory, social media and crisis communications, corporate social responsibility and planning a PR campaign.

He said: “I was so pleased to learn that I had gained the advanced certificate in public relations.

“When I started the course I was a branch manager at a finance company and also volunteering as a media and PR manager for a rugby league club. Although adding studies was very time consuming, I knew it was vital for me to further my understanding of PR to complement the work I did at the rugby club.

“Being given the chance to move to Wales and join Outwrite provided another hurdle as the planning assignment had to be completed in the same period as I was preparing to relocate the family from Nottingham.

“But I continued to work hard and that has now paid off.”

The qualification is the latest for Anthony who has a proven appetite for learning. After gaining a 2:1 in media and sports journalism, he successfully completed the pre-entry certificate in newspaper journalism before turning his attention to PR.

He also regularly attends events run by the CIPR and NUJ (National Union of Journalists) as h

e continues his commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through improving and developing skills and knowledge throughout his career.

Outwrite managing director, Tracy North, said, “Anthony’s commitment to a career in PR was clear from our first meeting, and I wasn’t surprised to learn he was studying for the CIPR certificate in his spare time. I congratulate him on his new qualification”