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Certification Pilot Project Up and Running – Apply Today!

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 certification@iap2usa.org – we would be pleased to help.

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

  1. Lewis Michaelson
    June 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Sorry if this question appears more than once, but I was wondering who will receive the certification fees?

  2. June 26, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Hi Lewis: The pilot is being conducted by the US Affiliate and the fees will go to the Affiliate

  3. LaVerne Kyriss
    June 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Kudos to the Certification team for their work on this project. One question: Who will be serving as assessors for this first, pilot round?

  4. July 1, 2015 at 6:58 am

    The Task Force has appointed 3 highly qualified international IAP2 members as the assessors for the pilot. They are Brenda Pichette from Canada, Ken Smith from Southern Africa, and Wendy Green Lowe from USA.

  5. July 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    We made the decision as Cassie said, earlier today and will work to get our bios posted soon.

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