25 IAP2 CP3s and MCP3s in North America. YEAH!

Certification Program Reaches Milestone!

25 IAP2 members across North America have now achieved this internationally-recognized credential!

CONGRATULATIONS to the latest group of Certified Public Participation Professionals (CP3):

Left-to-right: Trevor Joyal (Calgary), Kirsty Neill (Calgary), Gay Robinson (Calgary), Megan Fitzgerald (Vancouver), Sarah Dechter (Flagstaff AZ), Lara Tierney (Calgary)

Left-to-right: Trevor Joyal (Calgary), Kirsty Neill (Calgary), Gay Robinson (Calgary), Megan Fitzgerald (Vancouver), Sarah Dechter (Flagstaff, AZ), Lara Tierney (Calgary)

They join these CP3 and MCP3 (Master Certified) holders across North America.

Why should you apply for a CP3? Here’s what others have said:

… to demonstrate my capability in the public engagement field, assist in the growth of the engagement branch of my company … I have been involved in public and Indigenous engagement for nearly a decade and this is the next logical step for my career.

A career in P2 is an incredibly rewarding source of joy and opportunity for life-long learning – about our communities, about people, about ourselves … my passion lies in helping organizations have conversations with people about changes that are taking place in their city. It may sound cheesy, but it’s all I want to do, every day.

(I) love … working with people (and using) my organizational skills to tactfully navigate complex systems while giving a voice to those who aren’t always heard. I feel like now is the time to seek formal recognition for the last 10+ years of dedication I’ve shown to advancing the practice of P2 through my volunteer and professional work.

If those statements resonate with your own career, find out more about the IAP2 Canada Certification process.

Read the Information Kit, and get to work on your applicationThe deadline for the next IAP2 Canada Assessment Centre (November 29-30) is August 12.

The designation “Certified Public Participation Professional” (CP3) indicates that you meet or exceed an internationally-recognized set of standards as a P2 practitioner. It means you possess the Core Competencies and have an established “track record” in the field. (It is not the same as receiving a “Certificate of Completion” in the IAP2 Foundations course.)

Come and be apart of the Next 25!

All the best,
IAP2 Canada

Kim Hyshka

Kim Hyshka, CP3 – Edmonton, AB

Jessica Delaney, CP3

Jessica Delaney, CP3 – British Columbia
Tannis Topolinsky

Tannis Topolinsky, CP3 – Edmonton, AB
Jessica Bratty

Jessica Bratty, CP3 – North Vancouver

Shawn Bravender

Shawn Bravender, CP3 – Edmonton, AB

Tracy Ehl

Tracy Ehl, MCP3 – Oakville, ON

Natalie Henault

Natalie Henault, CP3 – Winnipeg, MB

Amanda Kaiser

Amanda Kaiser, CP3 – Calgary, AB

Anne Harding

Anne Harding, CP3 – Calgary, AB
Yvonne Morrison

Yvonne Morrison, CP3 – Winnipeg, MB
Theresa Gunn

Theresa Gunn, MCP3 – Phoenix, AZ
Doug Sarno

Doug Sarno, MCP3 – Washington, D.C.
John Godec

John Godec, MCP3 – Phoenix, AZ
Steven Wolf

Steven Wolf, MCP3 – Omaha, NE
Leah Jaramillo

Leah Jaramillo, CP3 – Salt Lake City, UT
Wendy Lowe

Wendy Lowe, CP3 – Idaho Falls, ID
Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith, CP3 – San Diego, CA
Cassandra Hemphill

Cassandra Hemphill, CP3 – Missoula, MT
Tina Geiselbrecht

Tina Geiselbrecht, CP3 – Austin, TX

Apply by August 12 for IAP2 Professional Certification!

Time to show your P2 Proficiency at the next Assessment Centre!

“Public Consultation” … “Public Participation” … those terms are bandied-about a lot these days, as more and more people recognize that they have a right to be heard on issues that affect them. But how can people be sure that the process is real and meaningful?

When it’s being run by someone with recognized credentials in the P2 field — someone with “CP3” after their name — Certified Public Participation Professional. Continue reading

IAP2 Certification Program: Assessment Centre launches, Spring 2016

CONSULTATION ACTION-2The application process will open soon for the IAP2 Canada Certification Assessment Center. It’s the product of two years of hard work by an International task force led by IAP2 USA in consultation with membership from Canada, USA, and Southern Africa. (Read more) The Task Force members are:


Wendy Lowe, Idaho Falls, ID (Task Force Lead)

Brenda Pichette, Ottawa

Southern Africa

Ken Smith, South Africa


Debra Duerr, Scottsdale, AZ
Tina Geiselbrecht, Austin TX
Cassie Hemphill, Missoula, MT
Hannah Litzenberger, Seattle, WA

The program offers a 2-level certification award: (1) Certified Public Participation Professional and (2) Master Certified Public Participation Professional. Credentials are awarded upon completion and evaluation of a 3-step assessment of candidates. The assessment is based on 5 core competencies that were identified through the membership consultation process.

The Core Competencies includeconsultation action-8:

  • P2 Process Planning and Application
  • P2 Event Planning and Implementation
  • Appropriate Use of Tools and Techniques
  • P2 Communication Skills
  • P2 People Skills

Under these competencies, there are a total of 42 criteria for assessment and the end result is a universal standard that tells anyone, anywhere, that a Certified P2 practitioner meets that standard.

We will continue to update you on this exciting new program via e-mail blasts and newsletters. A webpage will be going up at the end of January. We are also happy to respond to any questions at info@iap2canada.ca

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

Brenda Pichette, IAP2 Certification Task Force
Brenda Pichette, IAP2 Certification Task Force

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 a pre-requisite for jobs and a requirement 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 three-part assessment you will be certified. The IAP2 Foundations Program is a knowledge prerequisite for the Certification Program. The Foundations Program teaches basic understanding of the important principles and aspects of public involvement, as practiced by IAP2.

Professional certification will both recognize the many individuals who already possess the essential competencies of a P2 practitioner – and provide an achievable goal for people joining our profession.

The Certification program is coming to Canada. If all goes well you will hear an announcement soon. In the meantime, 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!

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. This pilot is available to IAP2 Canada members, as well.  The assessment process was developed by a task force of IAP2 members from USA, Canada, and Southern 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.

  • Step 1: Submit an application
  • Step 2: Prepare a response to a case study
  • Step 3: Attend an in-person assessment

Learn more online or join us for one of the information webinars:


Key Information

We’ve developed a detailed application 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 (of any Affiliate) 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 – Wendy please confirm date
    • Pilot Assessment Center: September 11-12, 2015 (in Portland, following the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference

Contact us at certification@iap2usa.org – we would be pleased to help.

We look forward to your participation in the exciting new program for IAP2 USA!