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Stakeholders Matter …right?

December 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Learn to design and implement inclusive engagement processes!

Inclusion matters, but many of us didn’t learn how to “do” inclusive engagement and are learning on the fly. This is your chance to get caught up with authentic best practices to improve your reach and results. annecarroll

Join Anne Carroll, co-owner of Carroll Franck & Associates and IAP2 USA board member, for a two-day exploration of designing public engagement processes with stakeholders at the center.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Become aware of the spectrum of diversity and understand what happens when engagement doesn’t account for that dimensionality
  • Recognize the value and critical importance of bringing multiple perspectives to complex issues
  • Learn how to define clear objectives for increasing and deepening diversity within public engagement efforts
  • Explore underrepresentation, how to recognize and explain it, and what to do to correct it
  • Develop ethical and effective approaches and techniques for supporting and engaging diverse participants
  • Gain experience in stakeholder identification and appropriate participation tools
  • Understand how to evaluate and redesign during implementation
  • Know how to carry forward into their work the learnings that emerge from this session

Add inclusive design to your public participation toolbox to create public participation projects with reach and results!

Learn more  |  Register now  |  2016 Skills Symposium

Certified-Certificate-Certification?? What’s in a word?

November 11, 2015 2 comments
Brenda Pichette

Brenda Pichette

Brenda Pichette, of the IAP2 Certification Task Force, explains why having a “Certificate” or attending the “Certificate Course” is not the same as being “Certified”.

Let’s bring some clarity to all of this. As P2 professionals we are starting to see IAP2 Certification as pre-requisites for jobs and for requirements in RFPs. That’s awesome: the public participation world out there is starting to recognize IAP2 as the standard-setter for the practice of P2. IAP2 has been developing and setting standards for the practice of public participation for more than twenty years. Yes, twenty years!

So here is where we are at. The five-day IAP2 “Certificate Program” (now called the Foundations course) offers you a “Certificate of Attendance”, but that is not the same as being “certified”. That’s because to date there has been no form of assessment to confirm that participants have the ability to apply knowledge and skills covered in the training, and attending the Foundations course cannot cover all the essential competencies in one short week. Again, attending the Foundations Course is not certification.

What is Certification?

Certification is a credential bestowed on an individual who can demonstrate that they have the essential competencies necessary for a profession. Certification requires successful completion of a formal assessment program to confirm an individual’s knowledge and skills. Certification identifies that an individual is qualified to perform a job or task and serves as a professional reference.

Certification often requires completion of specified courses, passing an exam, and/or assessment by an independent panel. Certification is not accreditation or licensing. Those processes have different purposes.

IAP2 is developing a Certification Program and once you successfully complete the 3 part assessment you will be certified. The IAP2 Foundations Program is a knowledge prerequisite for the Certification Program. The Foundations Program demonstrates basic understanding of the important principles and aspects of public involvement, as practiced by IAP2.

Professional certification will recognize the many individuals who already possess the essential competencies of a P2 practitioner – and provide an achievable goal for people joining our profession. If you haven’t already, please visit the webpage on the Certification Task Force. There, you can watch the webinars that have been developed to help you understand the program, the development and assessment process.

And please

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND HELP US EDUCATE THE P2 WORLD ABOUT THIS. A certificate of attendance does not equate to certification.

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!

Your Professional Development is Important to Us.

February 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Your professional development is important to us …

Did you know that we record all of the monthly learning webinars? Well, we do. We know that some of you are unable to join us on the day and we feel that it is important to share the wisdom and experience of our learned presenters. .

Have you ever wondered about?

Using visuals to enhance public participation
Using technology to reach more people
Managing meeting disruptions

Check out the webinar links and the archive! And don’t forget to join us every second Tuesday for our interactive learning webinars. For webinar recordings visit our webinar page.

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.