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IAP2 Canada Learning Pathway

About IAP2 Canada's Learning Pathway

Our learning pathway provides public participation (P2) champions, and those wanting to become P2 champions, with self-guided opportunities for level-based learning. Based on IAP2’s Global Learning Pathway, our pathway includes the core training courses from our Certificate in Public Participation as well as a range of elective courses to help further advance your learning.

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Courses in Public Participation

If you're not sure where to start your learning journey for the IAP2 Canada Certificate in Public Participation, take a look at our pathways below. Learn More

Preparatory Courses

(Level 1)

  • Fundamentals of Public Participation and Engagement (Core Training for Level 1 Practitioners)

Certificate in P2 Course Descriptions

  • Enhancing Engagement in Digital Facilitation
  • En français : Explorons ensemble les techniques de participation publique préférées des citoyens!
  • Facilitation Fundamentals for Public Engagement
  • Indigenous Awareness for Engagement Professionals
  • Stakeholder Mapping: Identifying and Analyzing Key Stakeholders, Focusing on Those Who Are Underrepresented

Level 1 practitioners are:

  • new to the practice with some experience
  • contributing to the planning of public participation/ engagement processes
  • assisting in the implementation of those processes under supervision
  • working and communicating with teams to coordinate public participation/engagement activities that are not complex
  • referring upwards for advice on matters that are complex or featuring high emotion/conflict
  • allied professionals or technical staff needing to know the fundamentals of public participation/engagement and framework

Intermediate Courses

(Level 2)

  • IAP2 Way in Challenging Contexts (Core Training for Level 2 Practitioners)
  • Designing Public Participation and Engagement (Core Training)
  • Applying Methods (Core Training)

Certificate in P2 Course Descriptions

  • Design Effective Hybrid Public Engagement Events
  • Designing Public Engagement for the Tired and Distracted
  • Engagement Methods for Indigenous Cultural Contexts
  • Indigenous Inclusion: Putting the TRC calls into action
  • En français : La consultation en mode hybride, la nouvelle norme? Un laboratoire humain!

Level 2 practitioners are:

  • leading the planning and implementation of public participation/engagement processes

  • managing key relationships for the public participation/ engagement processes, be able to troubleshoot, fix problems and implement change in processes as they are needed
  • working as a consultant in the sector leading the public participation/engagement processes
  • managing teams and planning operations where there is some risk and complexity

Advanced Courses

(Level 3)

  • Difficult Conversations: Thinking on your feet when you're in the pit of your stomach
  • The Nimble Facilitator: Off the rails but still on track
  • When Things Go Sideways: How to embrace emotion and outrage and change results

Level 3 practitioners are:

  • leading the public participation/ engagement practice within their organization
  • managing complex engagement processes, with high emotion, high risk and controversy
  • experiencing significant breadth and depth of engagement experience
  • leading research that advances the engagement practice

Certificate in Public Participation Learning Pathway

Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced P2 practitioner, we've designed the certificate program to target the learning for each level.

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