Professional Researcher Certification

PRC Endorsed by

Burke Institute


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Ted Donnelly

“PRC provides our clients with tangible proof
  of my commitment to quality and performance.”

Ted Donnelly, PRC
Managing Director

Baltimore Research 

Professionalism Defined

Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) is a powerful tool for individual researchers of all levels of work experience and education. MRA's goal is to encourage high standards within the profession to raise competency, establish an objective measure of an individual's knowledge and proficiency and to encourage continued professional development. Additionally, it is the hope of MRA that these certification standards will increase consumer understanding of research and foster premiere professional standards in the profession.

PRC is a career-long commitment that shows your peers, your employees and your organization that you have mastered the core PRC principles and that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession.

To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. To remain certified, you must recertify every two years to make sure that you stay current in the profession. You display your certification by putting the credentials after your name.

How Do You Begin?

Follow these seven steps to begin on your path to certification with MRA:

  1. Determine your eligibility related to marketing research experience and continuing education.
  2. Complete the online PRC application and remit applicable fees.
  3. Register to take the PRC exam.
  4. Prepare for the exam.
  5. Take the exam.
  6. Receive your certificate and celebrate!