IAP2 USA is pleased to recognize the following Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3).

Theresa Gunn
MCP3, November 2016

John Godec
MCP3, September 2015

Doug Sarno
MCP3, September 2015

Steven Wolf 
MCP3, September 2015


Watch for the 2017 Certification Program Dates to be released this spring!

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 two levels of certification: Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) and Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). Credentials are awarded upon completion of a three-step assessment based on 5 Core Competencies developed through the membership consultation process.

What's Involved? 

►  Download and review the 2016 Information Kit and  Frequently Asked Questions document
►  Information webinars:
►  2016 Application

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 to apply.

Cost: Watch for updates...

Key Dates

  • Application Process will reopen Spring 2017
  • Application Deadline for the 2017 Assessment Center to be announced

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 – We would be pleased to help.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting new program!


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.

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