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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


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.

IAP2 Certification Task Force Needs YOU!

December 2, 2014 2 comments

IAP2 Certification Task Force Needs YOU!

The IAP2 Certification Task Force is still open for input into the draft Core Competencies document. You can have your say up till Wednesday, Dec. 3.  

The Task Force was commissioned in later 2013 and includes members from the US, Canada, and South Africa.  We started our work by doing research into how other professionals conduct their credentialing programs.  Based on our research, we decided that the program should be based on a set of “core competencies” defined by practitioners.  We conducted a survey of members in the USA, Canada, and Southern Africa affiliates – and we received lots of input.  We have been working to frame core competencies using all the ideas submitted in response to our survey

Are the Core Competencies Right?

The November Learning Webinar focused on the work of the Certification Task Force, the proposed certification process and getting the Core Competencies right. Please click here to view the webinar.

This diagram helps to conceptualize the thinking of the Task Force, click here for more details.


So what do you think? We are eager to learn if you think that we are on the right path. Please submit your reactions to the draft core competencies via this link by December 3, 2014 or send an email to

A note to our IAP2 members: IAP2 Certification Program

June 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Dear IAP2 Member,

You are looking at some of more than 700 comments that we have received to the survey on how to design a certification program for Public Participation Practitioners.

IAP2 USA is leading this project, in collaboration with IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa, and our current question is, “What should be the ‘core competencies’ for a P2 practitioner?” 

The response so far is encouraging, especially since the survey has only been live for a week. Listed alphabetically, we’ve received ideas ranging from “a belief that every voice should be heard” to “writing skills”, so far.

Have we heard from you? Click here to take the surveyThe survey is open untilSundayJune 15, so if you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes and fill it out. You can find other information about the IAP2 Certification Program, on the Certification web page.

Please join us for the last of our webinars, Wednesday, June 11, at 11:00 am EDTClick here to register (and remember the two-step registration process: follow the link contained in the confirmation email to reserve your “seat”.)

Best regards,




June 3, 2014 Leave a comment


What do you think the “core competencies” of a P2 practitioner should be?

As part of the work being done by IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa to develop a framework for a professional certification program, we’ve launched a survey, in which P2 practitioners can make suggestions for incorporation into the core competencies that will provide the basis for this new credentialing program.

Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey here.

The goal is to create a way for well qualified and experienced P2 practitioners to be recognized as professionals who meet established standards – similar to credentialing methods for other professionals like lawyers and architects.

If you haven’t taken part in the information webinars we held last month, we invite you to sign up for one of two more webinars coming up next week. These webinars will be on:

Monday, June 9 at 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time and 

Wednesday, June 11 at 11 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

To get more information on the Certification Program, please visit the Certification Webpage.


The deadline for the Core Values Awards application is end of dayWednesday, June 4th.  For more information please visit the Core Values Awards webpage.


Professional Certification: Program Development Has Begun

November 6, 2013 1 comment

IAP2 USA is pleased to announce that we are about to begin work on the development of a professional certification program.

IAP2 USA will lead this effort on behalf of the Federation.

  • What is Certification and how is it different from the existing Certificate Program?
  • What will the program entail?
  • How will the program be developed?

To learn more, visit the certification section of our website.

Please follow our blog to stay updated on the Certification Program.

If you’d like to contribute, you are invited to join the Certification Task Force. Please complete our volunteer sign-up form, and we’ll be in touch.