IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation

We are very excited to be launching the next evolution of training that builds on our foundational best practices. Our flagship Foundations training program has been updated and now consists of three core courses. Visit our training calendar to register for updated course offerings.

As a key leader in the public participation sector IAP2 USA provides skills-based learning to people and organizations on what they need to know and do, so that they can successfully develop, deliver, and lead authentic engagement processes.

IAP2 Certificate Program

IAP2 USA's Certificate in Public Participation (P2) consists of 3 core courses - Fundamentals of Public Participation, Designing Public Participation, and Applying Methods. Based on IAP2's internationally recognized Global Learning Pathway, this professional development certificate program builds on the foundations of public participation training and best practices from around the globe to provide participants with over 30 hours of effective training in public participation and engagement.

#1 Fundamentals of Public Participation

Prerequisite for Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

Course objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

    • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
    • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
    • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice
    • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
    • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
    • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
    • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
    • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

#2 Designing & Leading Public Participation

Designing Public Participation (P2) is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to the design and plan phases of the practice framework, providing them with the opportunity to develop P2 plans. This includes scoping, community mapping, determining purpose and objectives and levels of influence, choosing appropriate methods and managing resources, while considering the needs of diverse audiences. The course is suitable for practitioners who are leading the planning and implementation of P2 processes.

Course objectives:

1. For a real-world scenario, design an engagement process and plan that includes:

        • Develop a clear scope of the work, problem or opportunity with identified negotiables and non-negotiables
        • Conduct detailed stakeholder analysis, community mapping and equity analysis
        • Identify appropriate roles and levels of influence for key participants
        • Establish clear engagement purpose and objectives and success criteria/measures to suit scenario
        • Identify relevant profiles of engagement
        • Conduct a detailed risk/opportunities assessment
        • Identify key roles for senior leaders and decision makers

2. Explore principles and approaches for equity, diversity and inclusion, and apply them to stakeholder analysis

3. Embed digital strategies, platforms, tools and methods as part of the plan and process

4. Develop an evaluation framework to suit the scenario

5. Identify key roles and resources needed to implement the P2/engagement plan

6. Develop and apply a suitable presentation to senior leaders that will secure commitment and resources for the P2/engagement plan

7. Identify the many different contexts of engagement, including the elements present in more complex engagement scenarios

#3 Applying Methods for Public Participation 

Designing Public Participation is a prerequisite for this course

Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to a large number of P2 methods.

This includes learning how to design specific methods, developing good question design, and having an opportunity to practice running some methods.

The course is suitable for practitioners who are part of a team implementing a P2 process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.

Course objectives:

1. Identify a range of methods that can be used for various engagement purposes and processes, and strategies to select the most appropriate method/s for an engagement project/process.

2. Research, design and test a F2F and/or online method using a range of tools and resources.

3. Apply the four steps of designing a method incorporating the eight key components of

method design.

4. Develop rational and experiential aims.

5. Design an appropriate format.

6. Design questions and process.

7. Develop appropriate communications.

8. Combine methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives and test for appropriate sequencing.

9. Incorporate inclusion and diversity principles

10. Identify data management needs, evaluation points and measures.

11. Identify resources required.

12. Explore a variety of both F2F and online methods/ techniques that are more structured and have nested methods within them (e.g., Deliberative

Processes, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology).

13. Analyze the specific requirements for online and digital methods, identify and select appropriate platforms and tools to meet needs and strategize to develop these methods for delivery.

14. Identify principles for monitoring online activity.

15. Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting to peer review using a checklist.

16. Apply methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives, including using effective communication skills, and test for appropriate sequencing.

17. Design key messages and communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences.

Who should attend

The courses are suitable for new and emerging public participation practitioners or anyone involved in engagement projects in all levels of government, private industry, utilities, environmental agencies, community organizations, not-for-profit and education providers who would like to understand and deliver engagement in an USA context.

Upon completion

Participants will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2 for each course completed. Upon completing the three core courses, participants will receive a Certificate in Public Participation.

This professional development certificate program is a next step on your journey to becoming a P2 professional and separate from the IAP2 USA’s designations (CP3 & MCP3). It is important to note that participants of the Certificate in Public Participation are not certified P2 professionals. Learn more about how to become a certified P2 professional.

The benefits of IAP2 USA training:        

1. Practical knowledge and theory delivered in an inclusive training environment
2. Training is participatory and experiential, with lots of positive interaction between participants from a diverse range of backgrounds
3. Materials are contextualized for the unique needs and cultural context for U.S.A
4. All trainers are experienced trainers AND practitioners, able to reflect on current and real-world examples
5. Flexible learning pathways for participants ensuring that all training is relevant and applicable
6. Certificate in Public Participation is recognized as the standard for engagement professionals
7. All participants receive a quality training manual, with access to additional resources (where applicable)

    Upcoming IAP2 Certificate in P2 Courses

      • February 20, 2024
      • (EST)
      • February 21, 2024
      • (EST)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online with Trainer Kimberly Horndeski
      • 0
      Registration is closed

       Fundamentals of Public Participation

      First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

      The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

      The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

      Course objectives

      By the end of this course participants will be able to:

      • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
      • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
      • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 
      • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
      • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
      • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
      • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
      • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

      Professional Certification/Credits

      THIS COURSE

      #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM) 

        February 20 & 21, 2024     1 PM – 5 PM ET

        Members $275 --  Regular $325

        Last day to Register February 16, 2024

         — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

        **You must first complete this module before taking Designing Public Participation and/or Applying Methods**

        ________________________________________________________________________

        NEXT COURSE

        #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

          March 19-22, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

          Members $550 -- Regular $650 

          FINAL COURSE

          #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation  (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

            February 26-29, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

            Members $550 -- Regular $650 

            Registration open soon!

            Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour Sessions) 

            Regular $1,625  Members $1,375 


            Trainer: Kimberly Horndeski

            Kimberly is a certified mediator, facilitator, and the Executive Director for Community Consulting LLC. Her work focuses on integrating policy and science to engage stakeholders, develop strategic plans, promote collaboration, and transform conflict into successful strategies for the future. She has led multiple state and national working groups to overcome challenges and reach consensus. Her projects include bottom-up approaches, such as working with nonprofits to develop effective strategies to engage elected officials in adopting initiatives, and top-down approaches, such as assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service throughout the nation to incorporate stakeholder values in the decision-making processes for federally-listed threatened and endangered species.

            • February 26, 2024
            • (PST)
            • March 01, 2024
            • (PST)
            • 5 sessions
            • Seattle, Washington
            • 14

            Join us in person February 27 - March 1 in downtown Seattle to complete your IAP2 Public Practitioner Training.

            IAP2 USA's Certificate in Public Participation (P2) consists of 3 core courses:

            1. Fundamentals of Public Participation (1 day: Feb. 26, 9am-4pm)
            2. Designing Public Participation (2 days: Feb. 27-28, 9am-4pm)
            3. Applying Methods (2 days: Feb. 29-March 1, 9am-4pm)

            Based on IAP2's internationally recognized Global Learning Pathway, this professional development certificate program builds on the foundations of public participation training and best practices from around the globe to provide participants with over 30 hours of effective training in public participation and engagement.

            In combination, these three courses give practitioners the best practices of public participation, how to center equity in that practice, and the capacity to design, deliver and evaluate their engagement efforts.

            More information about each of the courses can be found on IAP2 USA’s website.

            To register for this P2 training, click here.

            Scholarships available: click here.

            #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (1 day - 8 hour session) 

              February 26, 9am-4pm

              #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (2 days - 8 hour sessions) 

                February 27 and 28, 9am-4pm

                #2 Applying Methods for Public Participation  (2 days - 8 hour sessions) 

                  February 29 and March 1, 9am-4pm

                  Last day to Register | February 23, 2024 

                   

                  **You must first complete Fundamentals of P2 before completing Designing and Leading and/or Applying Methods 

                  Completion of IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning For Effective Public Participation prior to 2023 also counts as a prerequisite for this course**

                  Trainer: Penny Mabie 

                  Pennyhas been licensed by IAP2 to deliver the Certificate Program since 2009. She has more than 20 years of experience in public involvement, facilitation, and training. As a public involvement consultant, Penny provides facilitation and public participation services to support environmental remediation decision processes, infrastructure siting and design, multi-jurisdictional task forces on flood control, recycling and transportation planning, and national climate change initiatives. She is also a roster member with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

                  • February 26, 2024
                  • (EST)
                  • February 29, 2024
                  • (EST)
                  • 4 sessions
                  • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill
                  • 4
                  Register

                  ***Fundamentals of Public Participation is the prerequisites for this course

                  Completion of IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning For Effective Public Participation prior to 2023 also counts as a prerequisite for this course***

                  IAP2's Applying Methods for Public Participation

                  Four 4-hour sessions

                  February 26, 27, 28, & 29, 2024
                  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
                  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central
                  11:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Mountain

                  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.mPacific

                  Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to a large number of P2 methods. This includes learning how to design specific methods, developing good question design, and having an opportunity to practice running some methods.

                  The course is suitable for practitioners who are part of a team implementing a P2 process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.

                  Course objectives:

                  1. Identify a range of methods that can be used for various engagement purposes and processes, and strategies to select the most appropriate method/s for an engagement project/process.

                  2. Research, design and test a F2F and/or online method using a range of tools and resources.

                  3. Apply the four steps of designing a method incorporating the eight key components of method design.

                  4. Develop rational and experiential aims.

                  5. Design an appropriate format.

                  6. Design questions and process.

                  7. Develop appropriate communications.

                  8. Combine methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives and test for appropriate sequencing.

                  9. Incorporate inclusion and diversity principles

                  10. Identify data management needs, evaluation points and measures.

                  11. Identify resources required.

                  12. Explore a variety of both F2F and online methods/ techniques that are more structured and have nested methods within them (e.g., Deliberative Processes, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology).

                  13. Analyze the specific requirements for online and digital methods, identify and select appropriate platforms and tools to meet needs and strategize to develop these methods for delivery.

                  14. Identify principles for monitoring online activity.

                  15. Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting to peer review using a checklist.

                  16. Apply methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives, including using effective communication skills, and test for appropriate sequencing.

                  17. Design key messages and communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences.

                    Professional Certification/Credits

                    THIS COURSE COURSE

                    Applying Methods for Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 20 CM

                      February 26, 27, 28, & 29, 2024      1 PM – 5 PM ET

                      Members $550 -- Regular $650 

                      Last day to Register February 23, 2024 

                      PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged in to receive the member rate. International IAP2 members can contact info@iap2usa.org for a code to register. 

                       — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

                      **You must first complete Fundamentals of P2 before this course

                      Completion of IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning For Effective Public Participation prior to 2023 also counts as a prerequisite for this course**

                      PREREQUISITE COURSE

                      Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM

                        February 20 and 21, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

                        Members $275 --  Regular $325

                        NEXT COURSE

                        Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 16 CM

                          March 19-22, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET


                          Members $550 -- Regular $650


                          Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour Sessions) 
                                    Regular $1,625  Members $1,375 

                          ___________________________________________________________________

                          Trainer: Cassie Hempill

                           Cassie Hemphill has more than 25 years of   experience in public participation and 15 years   designing and delivering training. Her courses   emphasize transferable, applied skills participants use   to become more effective in their work and personal   lives and improve the world around them. Cassie’s   Ph.D. research explored public/private collaboration in   environmental management. Her M.A. research   analyzed decision-makers' openness to public input.   She has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution   and is an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation   Practitioner (CP3), a Certified Mediator (CM), and a  Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF).

                          • March 05, 2024
                          • (EST)
                          • March 06, 2024
                          • (EST)
                          • 2 sessions
                          • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill
                          • 3
                          Register

                           Fundamentals of Public Participation

                          First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and/or Applying Methods

                          The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

                          The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

                          Course objectives

                          By the end of this course participants will be able to:

                          • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
                          • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
                          • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 
                          • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
                          • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
                          • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
                          • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
                          • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

                          Professional Certification/Credits

                          THIS COURSE

                          #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM) 

                            March 5 & 6, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

                            Members $275 --  Regular $325

                            Last day to Register is March 1, 2024

                             — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

                            **You must first complete this module before taking Designing Public Participation and/or Applying Methods**

                            ________________________________________________________________________

                            NEXT COURSE

                            #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

                              March 19-22, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

                              Members $550 -- Regular $650 

                              FINAL COURSE

                              #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation  (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

                                March 26-29, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

                                Members $550 -- Regular $650 


                                Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour Sessions) 

                                Regular $1,625  Members $1,375 


                                Trainer: Cassie Hemphill 

                                Cassie Hemphill has more than 25 years of experience in public participation and 15 years designing and delivering training. Her courses emphasize transferable, applied skills participants use to become more effective in their work and personal lives and improve the world around them. Cassie’s Ph.D. research explored public/private collaboration in environmental management. Her M.A. research analyzed decision-makers' openness to public input. She has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and is an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3), a Certified Mediator (CM), and a Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF).


                                • March 13, 2024
                                • March 14, 2024
                                • 4 sessions
                                • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill

                                IAP2 Understanding Conflict in Public Participation

                                **You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation before this course**

                                The aim of Understanding Conflict in P2/engagement is to help you understand, and more effectively manage, conflict dynamics. The focus of this Level 1 course will be on developing the skills of participants to identify and mitigate situations of tension and conflict within their P2/engagement work.


                                Course Objectives:

                                • Understand the sources, types and factors that contribute to conflict in P2/engagement and the impact they may have on the process

                                • Understand the role of power and influence in engagement practice

                                • Understand and identify the cycle of escalation, and the behaviors, attitudes and actions that are evident as conflict increases

                                • Contribute to and/or apply strategies to de-escalate challenging situations

                                • Identify how to build effective relationships and partnerships through empathy, active listening, respect and trust

                                • Learn approaches to work in challenging situations applying behaviors that build trust and credibility

                                • Consider the role of integrity and ethics in the conduct of the P2/engagement practitioner, and how that is upheld in the process

                                This is an IAP2 core training course delivered externally by an IAP2 licensed trainer.

                                Click Here to Register on trainers website! 

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                                Cost:

                                • Members $275
                                • Regular/Non-Member $325

                                Date/Time of Training:

                                March 13 and 14, 2024 

                                • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM MST 
                                • One hour lunch break 
                                • 1:00 PM to 3:00PM MST 


                                Trainer: Cassie Hemphill 

                                Cassie Hemphillhas more than 25 years of experience in designing and leading public participation and engagement processes and projects. Her work has included environmental and natural resource management, healthcare delivery, education, and community-based human services. She has been creating and delivering remote and in-person training experiences for professionals and community members for more than 15 years. 

                                Cassie has been involved with IAP2 since 2003. She helped create IAP2 USA’s Professional Certification program, assisted with updates and development of IAP2’s course materials, and has served on the USA and Intermountain Chapter boards. She currently serves as an IAP2 Licensing Programme Mentor, preparing candidates from around the world to become IAP2 Licensed Trainers.

                                Cassie’s Ph.D. research explored public/private collaboration in environmental management. Her M.A. research analyzed decision-makers' openness to public input. She has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and is an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3), a Certified Mediator (CM), and a Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF).


                                • March 19, 2024
                                • (EDT)
                                • March 22, 2024
                                • (EDT)
                                • 4 sessions
                                • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill
                                • 11
                                Register

                                **You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation before this course**

                                Four 4-hour sessions

                                March 19, 20, 21, 22, 2024 
                                1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
                                12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central
                                11:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Mountain

                                10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.mPacific


                                Designing & Leading Public Participation

                                Designing & Leading Public Participation (P2) is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to the design and plan phases of the practice framework, providing them with the opportunity to develop P2 plans. This includes scoping, community mapping, determining purpose and objectives and levels of influence, choosing appropriate methods and managing resources, while considering the needs of diverse audiences. The course is suitable for practitioners who are leading the planning and implementation of P2 processes.

                                Course objectives:

                                1. For a real-world scenario, design an engagement process and plan that includes:

                                • Develop a clear scope of the work, problem or opportunity with identified negotiables and non-negotiables
                                • Conduct detailed stakeholder analysis, community mapping and equity analysis
                                • Identify appropriate roles and levels of influence for key participants
                                • Establish clear engagement purpose and objectives and success criteria/measures to suit scenario
                                • Identify relevant profiles of engagement
                                • Conduct a detailed risk/opportunities assessment
                                • Identify key roles for senior leaders and decision makers

                                2. Explore principles and approaches for equity, diversity and inclusion, and apply them to stakeholder analysis

                                3. Embed digital strategies, platforms, tools and methods as part of the plan and process

                                4. Develop an evaluation framework to suit the scenario

                                5. Identify key roles and resources needed to implement the P2/engagement plan

                                6. Develop and apply a suitable presentation to senior leaders that will secure commitment and resources for the P2/engagement plan

                                7. Identify the many different contexts of engagement, including the elements present in more complex engagement scenarios

                                  Professional Certification/Credits

                                  THIS COURSE

                                    #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 16 CM

                                      March 19, 20, 21, 22, 2024  | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

                                      Members $550 -- Regular $650 

                                      Last day to Register is March 15, 2024

                                      PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged in to receive the member rate. International IAP2 members can contact info@iap2usa.org for a code to register. 

                                       — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

                                      **You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation before this course**

                                      ________________________________________________________________________

                                      PREREQUISITE COURSE

                                      #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM) 

                                         March 5 & 6, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET 

                                        Members $275 --  Regular $325

                                        FINAL COURSE

                                        #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 16 CM

                                          March 26-29, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

                                          Members $550 -- Regular $650 

                                          Registration Opens Soon

                                          Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour session) 

                                          Regular $1,625  Members $1,375  


                                          Trainer: Cassie Hemphill