Become an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Professional!
The assessment process was developed by a Task Force of IAP2 members from USA, Canada, and South Africa in consultation with our membership. Thank you to our volunteers for making this happen!
The program offers two levels of certification: Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) and Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). The CP3 designation is awarded upon successfully completing a three-step assessment based on 5 Core Competencies. The MCP3 is an application process that responds to mandatory and optional criteria. You may apply for MCP3 Certification after obtaining CP3 Certification.
Interested? Take a look at the Professional Certification Program, Policies, & Procedures Manual!
► Review the 2021 Information Kit and Frequently Asked Questions document
► Review the Core Competencies - evaluation is based on meeting these 5 criteria
► Download and review the CP3 Application
► Download and review the MCP3 Application
► To learn more about the process, watch the Professional Certification Informational Webinar
For More Information
If you are still wondering “What exactly is professional certification?” and why it is different from the 5-Day Foundations (formerly Certificate) training then read all about it in Wendy Lowe’s (Certification Task Force Chair) blog and WATCH her video.
Wondering what the process is like and why you might choose to become certified? We encourage you to listen to Steven Wolf, an IAP2 USA Master Certified Public Participation Professional. Learn why he applied and the value he sees in professional certification.
Please review the kit and FAQ carefully and let us know if you have any questions before applying. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – We would be pleased to help.
We look forward to your participation in this exciting new program!
Steven Wolf, MCP3
IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Professionals
2017 Professional Certification Webinar
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All IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate course) are eligible to apply.
Foundations in Public Participation is the only international program of its kind. This program provides participants with an overview of public participation, best practices in the field, and dynamic techniques to enhance impact. This unique training program equips participants with practical tools for designing and implementing effective P2 plans.
If you are a seasoned P2 Practitioner, you may already have the experience that you need and have been applying your knowledge of IAP2's Foundations to your practice for years. If this is the case, your next step is to check out the Core Competencies required of a CP3 and the CP3 application.
If you are new to the practice and are looking for ways to hone your craft and diversify your background and knowledge of P2, we offer a variety of programs you may benefit from including, our mentorship program, online learning courses, learning webinars and much, much more.
No matter where you are in your journey towards certification, download and review the 2018 Information Kit, Frequently Asked Questions document, or review the Professional Certification Program, Policies, & Procedures Manual. Also, review the Core Competencies - Note: evaluation is based on meeting these 5 criteria.
IAP2 USA in cooperation with IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa are working on behalf of the rest of the IAP2 Affiliates and the Federation to develop a Certification Program. The goal is to create a Certification Program for IAP2 USA that can serve as a template for other Affiliates that want to define their own programs.
We asked you to be part of our effort. Click here for more background.
In May 2014 we hosted an information webinar “Working Together to Create an IAP2 Professional Certification Program”. This was followed up with a survey that went to all members in the US, Canada and Southern Africa. The information received in the surveys helped the Task Force to create – the Core Competencies. These Core Competencies were unveiled at the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference in Winnipeg. Again we asked for input and thoughts as the Core Competencies were finalized. In November of 2014 the Task Force held a webinar to finalize the Core Competencies based on the information received. View the webinar here. In January 2015 the Task Force turned its attention to creating the assessment process and developing a Certification Pilot Program.