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 email@example.com.
The time is right for you to become a Certified Public Participation Professional
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.
”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.”
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).
Even 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.
Meet 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 WEBINAR – INCLUSION
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!
Our first “Charlotte Encore” – a presentation from the previous IAP2 North American Conference that attendees told us should be shared via webinar – brought back the Thursday lunch keynote speakers. Liz Styron and Kaleia Martin of YES! Youth Empowered Solutions challenged us to consider the intersection of racial bias and marginalizing young people. (Read more) Liz and Kaleia show that, even if everything else is equal or a non-white person has an advantage, race puts that person at a demonstrable disadvantage. Race, they’ve learned, is the number-one deciding factor in health and life outcomes.
Two projects, which focused on equalizing conditions for everyone, were featured in the October learning webinar. The Portland (OR) Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer were named IAP2 Projects of the Year for the USA and Canada, respectively, at the 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards.
Executive Director, The Langdon Group
Recipient, 2019 IAP2 USA Greater Good Award
Dan Adams is with the The Langdon Group and was nominated for his many outstanding qualities as an innovator and collaborator. Dan focuses on engagement by encouraging his staff to visit and build relationships with stakeholders. He has brought IAP2 and its core values into his work ethic and team. His blends the disciplines of alternative dispute resolution and public participation to help people see other points of view.
“I look at public involvement from a systemic approach. One thing I learned from working in ADR is that most of the problems I saw were organizational conflicts. The parties would come to mediation trying to solve situational issues, but not addressing the larger systemic issue.
To help me learn how to think systemically and work from that perspective, I earned a master’s degree in organizational behaviour from BYU. I have learned through tough experience that you really have to tackle what I call the ‘5Ps’ when you are asked to do public involvement.”
If you drive through the streets of Austin, you will see juxtaposed living situations—model luxury homes next to homes that are older and in need of maintenance. When the Austin Code Department was initiated, the message for our office was that of awareness – “call Austin 311 to report violations.” But our team realized that we were treating the symptoms and not addressing possible solutions or preventing the violations.
In 2018, we shifted our mindset from “report your neighbor” to learning more about the codes and empowering individuals with resources and information to not only avoid violations but live in a safer environment, which is the end-goal for the department.
Our department is largely complaint-driven. We get a complaint, and our inspector goes out to investigate. We decided to become more pro-active, by creating a “heat map” to see the areas with a high incidence of complaints, and then we focus our outreach on the “hottest” areas.