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Do you have what it takes to become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3)?

Knowing and showing that you provide quality P2 is key in today’s marketplace. Certification is your way to do so. If you have taken the IAP2 Foundations course (formerly the Certificate training), have experience delivering good P2, and are ready to have your work assessed by a panel of your professional peers, then it is time to get certified.

Why get certified? Certification moves your career forward. With certification, your services and the profession has greater value to clients:

  • Gives you an edge over your competition
  • Demonstrates to clients and colleagues the value you bring as a Certified Professional
  • Builds the credibility and profile of our profession and IAP2 so that clients are more willing to invest in the services
  • Validates and documents that you have the skills and abilities to be a Certified Professional
  • Validates the efforts you have made in your career to provide value to clients
  • Shows that you meet internationally recognized standards
  • Demonstrates a willingness to invest in your own development and commitment to the field to reinforce a culture of quality

Now that you are interested the next steps are:

For more information please visit the website or contact Amelia at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com.

The time is right for you to become a Certified Public Participation Professional

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IAP2 hosts special webinars on COVID-19 and public participation

The COVID-19 outbreak has created a “new reality” in many sectors, including public participation. Practitioners are wondering how to handle the situation and how to move forward.

IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA have received numerous questions from members over the past week, and will be presenting a series of webinars.

March 20, 2020   Posted in Board

WEBINAR REWIND: IAP2 Organizations of the Year

Our January webinar was truly a “tale of two cities” — cities that made a commitment to up their game when it came to public engagement. Kingston, Ontario, was named IAP2 Canada Organization of the Year, while Boulder, Colorado, took the honors in both the USA and the International Core Values Awards.

The City of Boulder, Colorado, had considered itself an example of good public participation, but an incident a few years ago showed that more work was needed. A traffic lane was closed off to create a bicycle lane, and Sarah Huntley, the City’s Engagement Manager, says it did not go well. The angry response showed that they did not consult with all the groups that should have been involved, so in 2016 the City decided to engage with the public on engaging with the public. 

January 29, 2020   Posted in Webinars

WEBINAR REWIND: “Respecting Indigenous ways of being and knowing”

2019 closed out with a webinar, presented in cooperation with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. The subject was one increasingly important to P2 practitioners: relations with Indigenous peoples and how to be inclusive in our public engagement processes. Nadine St-Louis, Executive Director of Sacred Fire Productions explained that a key to understanding Indigenous ways of being and knowing is to understand the relationship Indigenous people have with the land and how the process of colonization in North America removed that connection, leading to generations of hurt and degradation. 

President’s Message: A Home for Buzz Lightyear

Catherine SmithWhen I think of IAP2, I think of maple syrup and chocolate. These aren’t the thoughts I expect, but they are what come to mind. Why syrup? Why chocolate? Well, these delicacies arrived in my mailbox for the past few years at the holidays from an IAP2 colleague, who calls the deep woods of Wisconsin his home. IAP2USA was the only reason we met.

This year, the chocolate came with a note with the details of how it came to be—the spices it has, the near miss of almost forgetting to add the syrup into the bubbling chocolate, the children who stood at the stove to witness this magic.

Receiving a gift like that is exactly what makes IAP2 more than a house, but a home. 

Spaces filling up at Sacramento IAP2 Skills Symposium!

Plenty of opportunities to learn
at the 2020 Sacramento Symposium

Newcomers to public participation and seasoned pros alike find lots to learn at the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, March 9 – 13, in Sacramento, California.

First of all, a big THANK YOU! to all those who have registered for courses so far! The early-bird deadline has passed, but there are still spaces available.

Have you taken the Foundations course yet? This is the basis of P2 know how and the prerequisite for professional certification, and you can take both modules in one five-day period. The three-day Planning for Effective Public Participation takes you right to the basics: what P2 is and its rationale. You’ll learn about the Five Steps and discuss how to develop P2 objectives that can become part of an organization’s process. It’s a great introduction for newcomers to the practice, managers and experienced practitioners who need a refresher.

Techniques for Effective Public Participation is the two day “sequel” to “Planning”, and lets you add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. You’ll learn how and when — and even whether — to use each technique, what their strengths and weaknesses are and the resources you’ll need. 

Meet Douglas Irby – Charlotte, North Carolina

”We have a history for being passionate about injustice in our communities. We also have a history of channeling that passion into self-destructive and ineffective behavior. With more community people properly trained to guide those passions into a positive, legal and organized effort to seek the justice that all people are guaranteed by God and the US Constitution, we would all be better served.”

Call for Proposals: Midwest Chapter’s 2020 Regional Conference

Call for Proposals Now Open:
Apply to present at the Midwest Chapter’s 2020 Spring Conference

The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter will host our Spring Conference in St. Louis, MO, April 30 – May 1, 2020. The call for session proposals is now open! Please consider applying to share your knowledge and experience with fellow IAP2 members. 

The 2020 conference theme is: Breaking Down Walls: Meeting the Challenge of Inclusion in Public Participation (P2)This third annual regional conference will explore new ways to address this and other challenges in public participation. Proposals for sessions addressing this theme, as well as other topics relevant to P2, are welcome. 

You can access the call for proposal form here. Please download the document and complete it in Word format.

Proposals must be submitted to Midwest@IAP2USA.org by 5pm Central time on January 13. Proposers will be notified of the committee’s decision by Friday, January 24.

IAP2 Certification: six weeks left to apply!

IAP2 USA Certification

Are you a skilled, committed public participation practitioner? Have you completed the Foundations course and have a solid track record in the field? Have you mastered the Five Core Competencies? We strongly encourage you to take the next step and become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) or Master Certified P2 Professional (MCP3)

The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on all your P2 accomplishments. This application process is an opportunity to document and catalog the work that you have done. So fill in the application and become a CP3!  

The deadline to apply for the next Assessment Center is coming up quickly: January 31, 2020. 

Remember, professional certification is different from completion of the Foundations training. Completion of the training is a prerequisite for certification. 

The certification process is rigorous but it is also rewarding. You will be assessed against the Five Core Competencies and 29 related criteria, in a three-step process: written application; written response to a case study: and an in-person assessment, which will take place June 5 and 6 in a location still to be determined (based on applicants).

Steve Wolf, MCP3Even if you have a world of experience and a high reputation in the business, the CP3 or MCP3 is a valuable asset: it may be that “extra” you need to get that big promotion or win that new project proposal. Steve Wolf, MCP3, says he felt the  “third-party validation” that Certification brings was necessary to reflect his work and abilities.

Read the Information Kit and start preparing. For more information please take a look at the website Read the FAQ and if you still have questions contact Amelia at amelia[at]iap2usa.org.

Support more Practitioners like Francesca; Give Today!

Francesca PatricoloMeet Francesca Patricolo. You might recognize her from the 2019 Core Value Awards as her PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan project was recognized as IAP2 USA’s Project of the Year and went on to win IAP2 International’s Project of the Year Award in Sydney, Australia!

Francesca first learned about IAP2 when she was serving in AmeriCorps Central Oregon after undergrad.

“I was responsible for gathering public feedback and shaping it into a plan, but I didn’t have a strategy,” Francesca said. “Fortunately, I found the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation online and immediately used it in my work. I knew after that experience that public participation was my calling in life.”

December 11, 2019   Posted in Featured

December Webinar – Inclusion. Register today!


In the field of Public Participation, you often hear the expression, “Meet people where they are.” Sometimes, that means you have to understand where they’ve been. That is never more true when engaging with Indigenous people.

On December 10, at 11am Pacific time (2pm Eastern), join us for the monthly Learning Webinar, as Nadine St-Louis of Sacred Fire Productions presents Understanding History, Territory and Indigenous Identity for Inclusion … a step towards reconciliation. Engaging ethically with Indigenous communities is about moving forward within a respectful, egalitarian and participatory process. This webinar is a conversation looking at how to shift social structures of “us” and “them”, looking at history as narrative and reclaiming Indigenous voices in colonial spaces. 

While this webinar is based on Canadian experiences, there are applications to the USA and other countries.  In public participation we strive to include all voices. What do we need to think about when we want to be truly inclusive?  Do you know?

Register here, and remember the two-stage process: follow the link in your confirmation email to receive your login information.

We look forward to your joining us on December 10!

December 6, 2019   Posted in Webinars