What is the Certification Program?

The Certification Program is a new professional designation available to IAP2 Canada members. Certification proves, through independent assessment, that you have demonstrated the basic knowledge and skills required to perform the role of public participation (P2) professional. The designation Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) is the assurance that you meet a set of internationally-recognized criteria. Credentials are awarded upon completion of a three-step assessment based on Five Core Competencies developed through a membership consultation process.

Who may apply?

All IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-Day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate course) are eligible to apply.

The cost (as of 2017) is $250 for application review; $2,250 to participate in the case study and Assessment Centre (upon invitation after submitting your application). Those who are interested may download and review the Information Kit and the Frequently Asked Questions.

View the application form here.

The 2017 Certification Assessment Centre is now set for June 16-17.

Why is a Certification Program Needed?

IAP2 created the Certification Program in response to requests by members and practitioners around the globe for a professionalization of the field and standards for practitioners. Professional certification requires a formal and independent assessment that an individual meets industry-defined standards for performance.

In 2016, IAP2 Canada presented two Information Webinars to explain the Certification Program. The webinars were essentially the same, but the participants and their questions were different.

What are the Core Competencies and how were they developed?

The core competencies are the essential capabilities for a P2 professional to effectively design, implement, and evaluate public participation programs. The competencies emerged from qualitative analysis of a comprehensive list of knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills, behaviors, and capabilities identified in June 2014 by more than 100 P2 professionals from around the globe.

The descriptions and quality standards for each competency were developed, tested, and refined through an iterative process involving IAP2 members. The Core Competencies include:

  • P2 Process Planning and Application
  • P2 Event Planning and Implementation
  • Appropriate Use of Tools and Techniques
  • P2 Communication Skills
  • P2 People Skills
Detailed descriptions of the core competencies and quality standards are included in the document, Core Competencies.

Who created the Certification program?

The program was developed over a number of years by a Task Force that was convened by IAP2 USA. That task force, comprised of members from IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa, gathered input from hundreds of practitioners and used that to create the Certification Program. The first pilot of the program was held in the Fall of 2015.

In 2016, IAP2 Canada struck the Canadian Certification Task Force (CCTF) to review and refine the work of the USA Task Force and ensure it was relevant for the Canadian context.

We would like to thank the Canadian Certification Task Force Members for all their hard work in establishing the Canadian Certification Program:

  • Brenda Pichette
  • Jan Bloomfield
  • Gay Robinson
  • Chantal Barton
  • Niki Anderson
  • Natalie Henault

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