Crisis Communications Certificate Course

Preparation, Measurement and Risk Mitigation

October 24, 31 & November 7 | 1-3 p.m. ET
Three consecutive modules

Register for this immersive three-part certificate series to help develop crisis communications strategies, discover tools and tactics for better crisis management, and forge ahead through unexpected emergencies.

Let’s be real: It’s tough out there. Social media minefields, M&A drama, climate emergencies, a contentious political landscape, rogue executives and more keep communicators’ heads spinning.

Every communicator will encounter a crisis at some point in their career — and some will do so on a weekly basis. The key is to anticipate challenges and have a plan for every eventuality. This certificate course is the balm you need to chart a path to peace and convert chaos to control when it comes your way.

Communications and PR experts will assemble to explain their secrets to proactive planning and in-the-moment responses. You’ll learn to identify potential crises, leverage early warning systems, and manage media relations with finesse, and you’ll leave equipped with actionable strategies for keeping employees, executives, boards and the public informed and ready to face the future.

Learn the art of measuring sentiment, building trust, safeguarding reputation and collaborating with leadership in the face of adversity. PR Daily’s expert instructors will guide you through practical frameworks, case studies, and interactive discussions to ensure you emerge with tangible skills and confidence. Whether you're a seasoned communications professional or new to crisis management, join us to become a trusted guardian of your organization, its leadership, its employees and its customers.


You'll learn to:

  • Manage and protect your organization’s reputation in the face of adversity.
  • Anticipate and prepare for crisis situations before they happen.
  • Develop frameworks for critical decision-making in urgent situations.
  • Craft crisis communications that keep stakeholders and audiences informed.
  • Learn what tools communicators use to monitor situations that could turn into a crisis.
  • Build trust and communicate authentically before, during and after a crisis.
  • Determine when, how and where to speak up during emergencies.


Hone your crisis comms skills in just a few short weeks. You’ll receive handouts, a certificate of completion and resources you can apply in your organization and your career.

Week 1
Oct. 24, 1-3 p.m. ET
Ready for Anything: Planning Before It’s a Crisis

Prepare for the unexpected with proactive strategies for identifying potential crises, constructing a robust crisis communications timeline, and create templates and guides that will help you react strategically when the worst happens. You’ll learn:

  • Chart a Course: Develop a comprehensive crisis communications timeline to keep operations in motion and minimize disruptions when disaster strikes.
  • Be Proactive: Identify potential crises before they escalate, and develop multichannel communications materials and deliverables so you have them on hand when you need them most.
  • Manage Risks: Get ahead of common hurdles in the crisis management process and learn to anticipate where and when comms will be needed.
  • Act Swiftly: Develop toolkits, flowcharts and response strategies for unanticipated crises such as climate and weather emergencies and unexpected PR emergencies such as rogue executives, social media backlash, product recalls and more.
Week 2
Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m. ET
Measuring Sentiment & Staying Ahead of Crises

In this module, attendees will discover the technology and tools communicators use to detect issues before they’re emergencies. Discover how to differentiate between crises, harness predictive AI and social listening, effectively report to the C-suite, and assess post-crisis metrics for reputation management and future preparedness.

  • Build an Emergency Toolkit: Evaluate options and select the software and resources comms teams need for early crisis detection.
  • Meaningful Metrics: Knowing what numbers matter and why can help communicators avoid analysis paralysis.
  • Predict Outcomes: Harness predictive AI tools and social listening for crisis anticipation.
  • Listen Actively: Learn how to conduct better surveys, evaluate customer and employee sentiment and build trust before, during and after crisis situations.
  • Evaluate Impact: Assess post-crisis metrics to determine next steps and refine future plans.
  • Defuse Drama: Take a heated situation and turn the temperature down before it becomes a crisis, and express the value of de-escalation to leaders.
Week 3
Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m. ET
In Case of Emergency: Preparing Your Crisis Response

You think you’re prepared for the worst, but something even worse happens anyway. What now? In this module, we’ll explore how communicators can understand the nuances between business/reputational crises and physical emergencies, develop response strategies for unanticipated crises, collaborate effectively with leadership and manage media relations with poise and transparency. Attendees will learn:

  • Finding the Right Words: Find out what stakeholders, leaders and audiences need to know during crisis situations, and learn how to develop communications and secure approvals quickly.
  • Maintaining Transparency: Enhance your media relations tactics to maintain transparency and trust.
  • Know the Difference: Differentiate between business/reputational crises and physical emergencies, and learn how to decide when action is needed — and when silence is best.
  • Managing Up: Work with leadership during high-stress situations, and find out what leaders need from communicators during high-tension moments.
  • Maintain Transparency: Manage media relations with poise, clarity and authenticity.


(Exclusive for Attendees)

  • Crisis Holding Statement Creator
  • Crisis Planning Checklist to Minimize Disruption
  • Cyber Attack Communications Checklist
  • Ragan’s Crisis Communications Guidebook
  • Change Communications in a Volatile World
  • 5 Stages of Crisis Recovery and Reputation Repair



Speakers will be announced soon.

Course Moderator: Jess Zafarris, Director of Content, Ragan and PR Daily READ BIO

Top 8 skills you’ll master:

  • Prepare for the Unexpected: Strategies to develop materials, processes and workflows so that you’re ready before a crisis arises.
  • Craft the Message: Articulate your organization's values and response effectively across digital platforms.
  • Optimize Crisis Responses: Techniques and approaches to ensure your crisis communication efforts are aligned with your objectives and resonate with your audience.
  • Build (and Rebuild) Trust: Understand your audience and what they need to know in order to get through an emergency and gain confidence in your organization.
  • Prompt Action: How to secure approvals and encourage swift and decisive actions in response to crisis communications.
  • Harness AI Tools: Leveraging artificial intelligence technologies to streamline crisis communication processes and improve response times.
  • Manage Reputation and Risk: How to influence public and stakeholder perception of your organization, even through the most difficult PR challenges.
  • Monitor and Evaluate: Using monitoring tools and metrics to track the effectiveness of crisis communication efforts and make informed adjustments as needed.


Top reasons to attend this virtual certificate course

  • Strategies for anticipating crises before they happen and developing a plan for unavoidable situations.
  • How to create frameworks and craft messaging to help your organization get through emergencies and PR crises.
  • Tips for coaching and working with leadership to ensure that your entire organization can move ahead.
  • Advice on what tools and technology to use to develop effective crisis communications swiftly and efficiently.
  • Ways to identify what your audience needs to hear from your brand in the most challenging times.
  • How to keep an ear to the ground to understand your audience and avert potential crises.
  • Identify the right metrics to help you understand what needs to be done before, during and after a crisis to keep people safe, informed and confident in your organization.

Secure your seat today for this exclusive crisis communications course offered by Ragan and PR Daily, and level up your copy, tracking, tools and tactics.

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If you can’t attend one or more of the modules live, you will receive the on-demand versions to complete the course.



Communications and public relations professionals from these organizations have earned certificates:

Crisis Communications Certificate Course Certificate

Get Recognized!

Completing this course shows the world that you’re prepared to navigate both reputational crises and emergency situations. You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion to prove your expertise.