Global Certificate in P2 Courses

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.

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 approximately 30 hours of effective training in public participation and engagement.

Fundamentals of Public Participation (Prerequisite to other courses)

Who: For all practitoners

This course:

  • Explores IAP2’s best practices and underlying frameworks to create meaningful participation and reflect on one’s own existing practice
  • Centers diversity, equity and inclusion in the practice of engagement
  • Allows participant’s to apply this knowledge to their own public participation practice

Designing Public Participation

Who: For practitioners who are leading the planning and implementation of public participation processes

This course:

  • Helps practitioners design an engagement process and plan for a real-world scenario

Applying Methods

Who: For practitioners who are part of a team implementing a public participation process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.

This course:

  • Provides opportunities to practice and evaluate methods
  • Demonstrates ways to blend methods into hybrid techniques
  • Shares techniques to craft questions to draw out meaningful input
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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.

"I wanted to tell you that I’m getting great feedback from everyone and it’s truly been a life changing experience for some, which I knew it would be. I can’t thank you enough for your help this past week and I look forward to two more trainings for the rest of my Public Outreach & Engagement Peer Group. We have about 45 people all being trained with IAP2. Just think what a difference that will make in our Agency moving forward!"

Deanna J. Desedas, Public Outreach & Engagement Manager
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

2024 Skills Symposium

Not a fan of virtual training?

You're in luck!

IAP2 USA is thrilled to announce our first in-person Skills Symposium since 2020. 

Join us in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, June 24-28, 2024.

    Register Today

    All Upcoming Courses

      • May 20, 2024
      • (EDT)
      • May 23, 2024
      • (EDT)
      • 4 sessions
      • Online with Trainer Penny Mabie
      • 8
      Registration is closed

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

      Four 4-hour sessions

      May 20, 21, 22, 23, 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


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

            May 20-23, 2024  | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

            Members $550 -- Regular $650 

            Last day to Register is May 17, 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**



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

              May 15 and 16, 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

                 June 3-6, 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: Penny Mabie 

                Penny Mabie has 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.

                • May 28, 2024
                • May 29, 2024
                • 4 sessions
                • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill

                IAP2 Understanding Conflict in Public Participation

                **You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation or IAP2's previous Foundations Training to take this course**