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Do you have what it takes to be a certified Public Participation Professional?

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

201706 EB Certification brandedAs many of you are aware you can apply for the IAP2 USA Certification Program at any time of the year and this is welcomed. This communication is to let you know that IAP2 USA will be hosting an Assessment Center on November 17th and 18th for CP3 applicants, location to be confirmed. So if you are planning on becoming certified in 2017 and want to attend please get your application into us by July 28, 2017.

Ask yourself – Do I know how to:

  • work with a sponsor to understand the decision to be made
  • define clear objectives and design a P2 process
  • identify who should be involved in the P2 process and how to engage them
  • pick the right tools and techniques and know how to use them
  • spot potential for conflict and decide how to manage it
  • communicate effectively — orally and in writing
  • work successfully with the public

If you answered YES! to these questions, then you may have the Core Competencies of the P2 profession and it’s time to step up to the next level and become a Certified Public Participation Professional!

Certification is the way to show the world that you know your stuff — the same way architects, engineers and other professionals are expected to meet a global standard — and that when someone hires you, they’re getting a professional who will deliver a true P2 process.

So plan to apply. The deadline for the November 17/18 Assessment Center is August 11, 2017!

How to apply?

  • Make sure you’ve completed the “Foundations” course (formerly known as the “Certificate course”) and that you are an IAP2 member.
  • Download the Information Kit and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Attend the informational webinar to learn details about completing the application

 The Certification Process has been developed over the past three years by your own P2 colleagues in Canada, the USA and Southern Africa, using input gathered from IAP2 members.

Visit the Certification web page to find out more.

We’re looking forward to your taking part!


UPDATE: You can now watch the recorded version of the June 20th informational Webinar


Show North America how we pursue the greater good!

May 31, 2017 Leave a comment

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IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are pleased to announce our second joint fundraiser to benefit our new student scholarship programs! The fundraiser will be held at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver, Colorado Sept. 6-8 as a silent auction of items donated by chapters, businesses, trainers, board members, and generous attendees like you.

Supporting students encourages student membership, relationships with universities, research in the field, and the ongoing vitality and sustainability of our organization. Thank you for considering supporting this great cause.

The theme, “Pursuing the greater good: P2 for a changing world” has already inspired donations of baskets of goodies illustrating what makes our world good for the unique communities near and far that our contributors hail from. Your donation could be related to the conference theme or anything at all. Having a variety of items for conference attendees to bid on will help make the conference more fun and the fundraiser more of a success. Perhaps your company would like to put something together to gain a little marketing benefit as well. Or perhaps your chapter would like to show North America something special about your area’s culture.

Ready to help? All you need to do is bring your silent auction donation with you to the conference!

But if you want to let us drum up more support and interest, please allow us to give you a shout-out of thanks on our social media! Email a fun photo, info about what you’ll be donating, your social media tags and company logo to Anneliese Apel and we’ll be sure to give you our appreciation!

Thank you so much for your help, we need all of it we can get and truly hope you will bring something to contribute!

Kindest regards,

Francesca Patricolo, IAP2 USA Membership Services Committee

Annie Bierbower, IAP2 Intermountain Chapter

Questions? Contact

2017 IAP2 North American Conference Committees – Volunteers Wanted

January 3, 2017 Leave a comment

We NEED you!

Have you ever wondered what goes into a Conference Program or how sessions are selected? Do you want to help select conference session speakers and poster exhibitors? If the answer is yes to these questions then consider volunteering for the Program Committee (click here to learn more about what is required).

While our world does not revolve around money it sure helps. The Sponsorship Committee plays a very important role in ensuring that IAP2 USA continues to receive funds – not only to support the Conference but events and activities all year long. Raising money is not for the faint of heart – are you up for the challenge? Click here for more information on the responsibilities of this Committee.

“I live in Denver or near by and I like to have FUN!”
If this is you then please consider volunteering for the Local Fun Committee. This committee helps to showcase Denver, make decisions on the opening reception, tours and so much more. We are expecting 350 people to attend the Denver Conference and this is your opportunity to show it off! Click here for more information.

I WANT TO VOLUNTEER – We are looking forward to you joining us. Please contact Jennifer at with the subject line – Conference Volunteer by January 10th – we need your name, contact information and which committee you want to join. THANK-YOU!

Three Things That Are Working to Start the Greater Los Angeles Chapter

December 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Chapter Volunteers Rock!

Kit Cole, Lauren Cobb, Jennifer Trotter, and Scott Woodhill have been spearheading the effort in Southern California to form the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of IAP2 USA. Since the first meeting in June 2014, the emerging chapter has been growing steadily and they now have more than 160 professionals on the invite list.

Three things have made important contributions to the Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s growth:

  1. Killer Speakers and Topics – EVERY SINGLE TIME! Because it’s tough to travel around Los Angeles, Greater LA team has found they need a great speaker with a great topic to motivate attendance. A great speaker puts their own twist on P2, and helps promote the event to their audience as well. For example, the Greater LA Chapter’s first meeting was held in a Southern California Edison (SCE) conference room with Genoveva Arellano of Arellano Associates presenting about her agency’s P2 work on a statewide transportation project. Her topic was amazing – how a Latina with a Harvard degree has cornered the market on P2 around transportation projects in Southern California. Another event featured Darrel Cole from Parsons Brinkerhoff presenting his team’s use of social media for better P2. Both speakers – and topics – were a big draw.
  2. A Super Organized Person in Chapter Leadership – A detail-oriented person who writes and sends invitations, manages RSVPs and maintains the email list of everyone and anyone who expresses interest in public engagement. Ideally, the email list comes to span not only public engagement practitioners but others like:
    • local government people
    • communications officers from engineering firms
    • management from utility, transportation, and other public/private partnership agencies
    • professors
    • non-profit civic engagement think tank representatives


  3. Get Personal – Use personal invitations and leverage your relationships! The event invite email comes from a personal email address – not an event invite service. Most importantly, for the first few meetings, members of the leadership team got on the phone and personally called people who they thought would be interested in attending.

Want to discuss your ideas for starting a chapter or work through your roadblocks? Email Kit ( or Lauren ( or contact to be connected to the IAP2 USA Chapter Liaison Committee.

CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS for 2016 IAP2 North American Conference – DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2016

February 19, 2016 Leave a comment

2016conference3Who cares about public participation?” That’s a question that challenges our basic assumptions of P2 – and that’s the theme of this year’s North American Conference – Sept. 28-30 in Montréal, Québec. You care about P2; but this Conference is an opportunity for those closely involved with the profession to take a step back and consider:

  • Why should we care about P2? What are the advantages of P2? Is there a relationship between P2 and better urban planning, environment, health, sustainability?
  • Can we get more people to care? Do elected officials care? Engineers? Citizens? Urban planners? What makes meaningful engagement? How do we get more people to care about creating an engaged civil society?
  • What if we stopped caring? What added value does P2 contribute to our societies? Do practitioners have a responsibility to the public? How do we deal with ethical dilemmas?

We’re looking for people to deliver sessions that will address these questions. Are you one of those people? There will be 21 sessions over the two-day Conference, running 60, 75 or 90 minutes in length. There will also be poster sessions, where practitioners can interact directly with Conference-goers, using a single poster to describe the challenges, victories and lessons-learned in one of their projects.

No time to lose: the deadline to apply is March 1, 2016. Read more information here and download the submission form here.

Who cares about public participation?
Together, we hope to shape an answer

Have you ever wondered about the structure of IAP2?

February 2, 2016 Leave a comment

People often ask us about IAP2 USA—its committees, how it fits with the other Affiliates, Chapters, etc. To try and answer these questions we have created some organizational charts. The first one positions IAP2 USA within the broader Federation of Affiliates.


This second chart focuses on IAP2 USA.


As you take a look at the IAP2 USA chart you will notice that we have a lot of terrific committees supporting all of the work that happens at IAP2 USA. If you are interested in volunteering please reach out directly to the Committee chairs or contact us at

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Certification Pilot Project Up and Running – Apply Today!

June 25, 2015 5 comments

It’s here! After two years of development, IAP2 USA is proud to present the pilot professional certification program. Be one of the first IAP2 Members to apply for this brand new certification program for P2 professionals, and help us fine tune the certification process.

In September 2015, IAP2 USA will conduct a pilot for the new professional certification program. The assessment process was developed by a task force of IAP2 members from USA, Canada, and South Africa in consultation with our membership. The program offers a 2-level certification award: Certified Public Participation Professional and Master Certified Public Participation Professional. Credentials are awarded upon completion and evaluation of a 3-step assessment of candidates, based on 5 core competencies that were identified through the membership consultation process.

  • Download and review the information kit
  • Step 1: Submit an application
  • Step 2: Prepare a response to a case study
  • Step 3: Attend an in-person assessment

Learn more online by clicking here.

Key Information
We’ve developed a detailed information kit that outlines the process for applying, available here. Please review the kit carefully and let us know if you have any questions before applying. Here is some key information:

  • Eligibility: All IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate Course) are eligible.
  • Cost: $225 for application review; $2925 to participate in case study and Assessment Center (upon invitation after submitting your application).

Key Dates

  • Applications open: June 25, 2015
  • Applications close: July 20, 2015
  • Pilot Assessment Center: September 11-12, 2015 (in Portland, following the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference

Contact us at – we would be pleased to help.

We look forward to your participation in the exciting new program for IAP2 USA!

Greetings from the IAP2 Certification Task Force!

May 27, 2015 2 comments

We have been meeting since November of 2013 (36 meetings to date!)  To refresh your memory: we were convened by the IAP2 USA Board to develop a professional certification program for the US – but the task force includes members from IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa.  It is our goal to define a program that transcends boundaries and could be adopted or adapted by affiliates worldwide, as they see fit

You will recall that about one year ago, we sought ideas and suggestions from IAP2 members about the essential knowledge, skills, and capabilities that are necessary to do quality work in the field of public participation.  We used the results to form six draft “core competencies.”  The last time we communicated with you (in about November), we asked for reactions on the draft core competencies.

We took the input we got last fall and incorporated it into our thinking and since then we have been hard at work developing frameworks for each core competency to define minimum standards of performance.  The definitions attempt to communicate expectations about what constitutes quality performance, and they are aimed at assuring an accurate and fair assessment of applicants’ performance to meet universal core competencies.

The Task Force will be meeting in May to finalizing the core competency requirements and focusing our attention on the process for becoming certified and the financial model for the program, among a number of other topics. Our goal is to conduct a pilot for the certification program at an Assessment Center in September of this year.

I anticipate that we will be ready to share our plans early this summer.  We are getting very excited about this new program and hope you will be too.

Keep up-to-date on the Certification Task Force and its work here.

Are You A Social Media Guru? Do You Have Some Time To Share?

May 25, 2015 Leave a comment

We are looking for someone who is passionate about social media and keen to jump into action to help us engage with others. He/she will use social media outlets to promote IAP2 USA events, engage the public and increase our online presence.  Social media volunteers will work with other volunteers to:

  • Develop a social media strategy to support IAP2 USA and establish targets for increasing online reach
  • Post regular updates to IAP2’s social media outlets, including news articles, blog posts, press releases, upcoming educational opportunities, member recruitment and more
  • Monitor activity and user interactions for all social media outlets

Volunteer hours are approximately 2-4 hours per week with regular scheduled check-ins with other volunteers and the IAP2 Communications Committee.

Are you interested?  Do you want to learn more?  Please contact us at

Strategy and Fundraising Committee: Kick-Off Follow-Up, Invitation to Join Next Call

The newly-formed Strategy and Finance Committee kicked off the other week. Our emerging work plan includes the following areas:

  • (Re-)gain 501c3 tax-exempt status
  • Develop a short-term and long-term funding strategy
  • Evolve and complete the strategic plan
  • Align strategic plan, budget and action plan

Our next call is this coming Friday, March 13 at 9am Pacific. Agenda:

  • Welcome new committee members, incl. area of interest
  • Share progress reports, incl.
    • Update on collaboration infrastructure
    • Update on 501c3 effort
    • Assessment of income opportunities
  • Discuss work plan, agenda for coming weeks, next steps etc.
  • Prepare committee update for 03/18 Board meeting
  • Schedule upcoming meetings

If you’re interested in exploring how we can improve IAP2 USA’s long-term funding and financial health, please join us:

Call-in number: 877-915-9897
Access code: 3541711

Apologies for the short notice. We’ll announce meeting times more ahead of time starting next week. If you can’t make Friday’s call but would like to get involved, please leave a comment below or contact us, and we’ll get back to you. Thanks!