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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


Congratulations Theresa Gunn, IAP2 USA’s newest Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3)!

January 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Theresa Gunn

Congratulations Theresa Gunn on becoming IAP2 USA’s newest Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3).

Theresa has been with IAP2 since 1994 and has worn many hats. She has contributed in many ways within IAP2 and has been essential in molding IAP2 USA into the organization it is today. Her leadership service includes, but is not limited to:

  • Serving on the inaugural IAP2 USA Board of Directors from 2011-2012 where she oversaw the nascence of IAP2 USA
  • Serving on the first IAP2 Federation Board of Directors following the March 2010 decision to move to an Affiliate model, serving first as Treasurer, 2011-2012, and then as Deputy Presiding Member in 2013.
  • Theresa has chaired the Membership Services Committee, 2014-to-date, where she continues her work championing professional development for public participation practitioners.

Theresa is a huge proponent of the Professional Certification Program. It was a priority for her as a Federation board member where she was able to shepherd the process that gave IAP2 USA permission to develop the program.

“IAP2 USA is a global leader in establishing the gold standard for public participation. Professional Certification will ensure organizations relying on certified practitioners are going to get the best of the best, and community residents who are participating in these process will be assured these are transparent, open processes founded on research-based best practices.”

We congratulate Theresa Gunn on her successful completion of the Professional Certification Program and designation as a Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). We are grateful for her continuing support and admire how she embodies the IAP2 Core Values.

To learn more about Theresa Gunn, see our 2016 Member Spotlight.

Steven Wolf: Making the Professional Certification Investment

May 24, 2016 Leave a comment

Steven Wolf, IAP2 MCP3

IAP2 USA is leading the global effort to deploy a Professional Certification program for Public Participation practitioners and is grateful for the collaboration of IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa. Steven Wolf was in the first cohort to receive the designation of Master Certified Public Participation Professional.

A Community Engagement Director with JEO Consulting Group based out of Omaha, Nebraska, Steven has over 35 years of experience in public affairs, government relations and issues management and over 29 years of military experience as in the Army National Guard and as an Air Force Civilian. His specialties include: Strategic Communications, Government Affairs, Media Relations, Community Involvement, Environmental Policy, Issues Management, Risk Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Management.

In this video, Steven speaks to the value of obtaining professional certification.

Professional certification serves as a professional reference, documenting that an individual’s professional knowledge and experience has been assessed by an impartial, third-party. Certification is typically earned from a professional society or an educational institution.  

IAP2 Professional Certification recognizes individuals who already possess the essential competencies of a P2 practitioner – and provides an achievable goal for people joining the profession. If you haven’t done so already, please visit the Certification webpage to watch the webinars developed to familiarize you with the program.

Let’s Celebrate!

November 11, 2015 1 comment

Many of you have been asking for IAP2 Certification well it is here and we have a reason to celebrate! Yahoo, Yippee, WOW!

IAP2 USA is pleased to announce the completion of its pilot Assessment Center for the new professional certification program. We are even more pleased to announce that Steven Wolf, John Godec, and Douglas Sarno have all been awarded the Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3).


The Task Force, which includes IAP2 USA members Debra Duerr, Tina Geiselbrecht, Cassie Hemphill, and Hannah Litzenberger as well as Brenda Pichette (representing IAP2 Canada) and Ken Smith (representing IAP2 Southern Africa), is chaired by Wendy Lowe, IAP2 USA Board member. Wendy reports that the Task Force remains hard at work finalizing its recommendation to the IAP2 USA Board for the final program and making plans for two 2016 Assessment Centers.

Wendy says, “I am so grateful to Steven, John, and Doug for participating in the pilot and helping the Task Force to learn more about the best way to assess candidates against the IAP2 Core Competencies. An amazing amount of work has gone into the program and it represents a huge step forward for IAP2. We are now able to say we can confirm which candidates have the essential skills for practicing authentic work in our profession.”

Are you interested in Certification? Click here for more information.