Advanced Certificate in Communications Planning

Become the strategic communications planning lead for your client’s business with this seven-month online qualification.

The Advanced Certificate in Communications Planning gives you an in-depth, high-level and end-to-end understanding of communications strategy planning. Expert practitioner insight and burgeoning reputation, all in one qualification. Sounds like a plan.

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Who is the qualification for?

Anyone involved in developing and planning communication strategies for clients and brands. Its sweet spot is mid-level practitioners with at least four years' experience.

What are the benefits?

  • Enhance your understanding of an ever more complex media world and develop skills that will see commercial rewards.
  • Understand what you should be evaluating and why and gain access to an online evaluation framework.
  • Learn the key stages of developing a successful communication strategy.
  • Explore integration models and discuss how you can put then into practice.
  • Find out how to maximise the effectiveness of your communication plan through best practice principles.

How is the qualification delivered and assessed?

  • An annual intake: 45 hours of online learning, split across five modules, delivered over seven months.
  • Candidates must pass an assessment at the end of each module to achieve the certificate; three essays and two multiple choice quizzes.

2024 Intake Dates

The 2024 intake commences on 15 April 2024. The booking deadline for the 2024 intake is Friday 12 April.

  • Module 1 begins 15 April 2024. Essay Submission Deadline: 28 May 2024.
  • Module 2 begins 28 May 2024. Exam: 8 July 2024.
  • Module 3 begins 8 July 2024. Essay Submission Deadline: 19 August 2024.
  • Module 4 begins 19 August 2024. Exam: 30 September 2024.
  • Module 5 begins 30 September 2024. Essay Submission Deadline: 11 November 2024.


  • Members: £1000+VAT.
  • Non-Members: £2000+VAT. 

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For me, the real value of the course was the ongoing effect it has had on my own learning path and my confidence. I can’t tell you the number of client meetings or catch-ups with colleagues where I have been able to speak with real confidence or pepper the conversation with anecdotes and facts taken from my course.